RGU Kudos

The number of RGU researchers registering with Kudos is growing slowly. The value that Kudos offers is the opportunity for public engagement, explaining your work to a non-specialist readership and stepping outside of academic impact. Test the benefits of Kudos in widening the audience for your research by trying this:

  • Don’t add all your publications at once.
  • Over time, you can add anything you have published that has a CrossRef DOI. For now, we suggest you add just one publication to your profile and start explaining and sharing that.
  • Once you have achieved your first success with Kudos, come back and add more publications!

Register for RGU Kudos here https://www.growkudos.com/go/rgu or visit the showcase age here https://www.growkudos.com/showcase/rgu



Kudos, ORCID and Google Scholar Citations

RGU Kudos

It is great that people have signed up with the RGU Kudos pilot partnership since the last blog post about it. If you have an ORCID account listing works with DOIs you can easily populate your publication list on Kudos, just by linking ORCID with Kudos in your profile. Kudos are also working on new functionality to expand beyond DOIs.

If you are publishing already it is possible too that you have a research profile with Google Scholar Citations. If you are not satisfied with the levels of usage or citations to your work, that is where Kudos comes in:

  • Kudos isn’t a profile site – it is a toolkit for increasing reach and impact. Google Scholar enables you to list your work and (to some extent) to measure how well it is doing. There you can list your work but you can’t add an explanation of it or link it to other related materials – this might be particularly important in the context of seeking to get beyond the DOI.
  • Above all, Google Scholar doesn’t help you see what effects your efforts to communicate around your work have on things like readership and citations. You can see if numbers go up, but you can’t see what caused them to go up. Using Kudos as a central system from which to manage and track sharing of your work enables you to see which of your emails, social media postings and academic network postings are actually increasing the views, downloads, discussion of and citations to your work. This kind of additional data is becoming increasingly important for you, the University and funders of research.
  • Google Scholar Citations is easy to set up and so too is Kudos, linked to ORCID. With Kudos, if you spend just 10-15 minutes explaining and sharing your work, you can increase its readership (one of the pilot partners found that usage trebled) and therefore the likelihood of it having impact (both academic and non-academic). Successful and established researchers may not need to be working so hard to generate interest in their research, in which case Google Scholar is probably the right place to be. Kudos is a new toolkit may be the right place for people still working to increase their research profile (and that of their work).

Kudos – Support for increasing the reach and impact of your publications

RGU Kudos

Support for increasing the reach and impact of your publications

The University is working with a new service called Kudos, to help you maximize the reach and impact of your published work. It’s quick to use – you need to invest just a few minutes explaining your work in plain language, enriching it with links to materials that add context, and sharing it via your social, web and email networks. This makes your work more accessible, and helps ensure it is found, read and applied by people all over the world, both within and beyond your field.

Kudos uniquely demonstrates the results of your activities – the effect on downloads, altmetrics and citations – to help you decide how best to use its tools. In a pilot program, publications that were shared through the Kudos tools received on average 19% more downloads than those in a control group. Some of our RGU colleagues are already signed up to Kudos – see the researcher and publication RGU Showcase pages https://www.growkudos.com/showcase/rgu

Kudos is free and easy to use; get started here:


For more details, visit www.growkudos.com/about/researchers or watch this short introductory video.

The University Library approached Charlie Rapple, one of the co-founders of Kudos, about the Company’s institutional pilot programme and we are pleased that RGU is now among several Universities globally now able to enjoy the benefits of this innovative research publication software tool. For more information contact the Library by email libclient@rgu.ac.uk