The University Libraries is participating in a pilot project with a new service called Kudos to help CMU researchers maximize the reach and impact of their published work and to understand which activities and channels are likely to be most effective for communicating about research in different disciplines. The Kudos tools enable researchers to quickly describe a work in plain language, link it to materials that add context, share it on social media and email networks, and then measure the effect of these activities on downloads, altmetrics and citations. In an earlier pilot, publications promoted using the Kudos tools received on average 19% more downloads than those in a control group.

From June through December 2015, Kudos will give the University Libraries institutional reports (anonymous, aggregated data) of CMU use of the Kudos tools and metrics of their effectiveness. The reports will indicate whether the time CMU researchers invested in using the tools increased discovery, access and use of their work.

Kudos is free and easy to use. Get found. Get read. Get cited. Get started at http://www.growkudos.com/go/cmu.  Note that this link is customized for Carnegie Mellon, so please only share it with your CMU colleagues.

For details, visit www.growkudos.com/about/researchers or watch the short Introduction to Kudos video. 

Kudos FAQ

Kudos is a web-based service for increasing and assessing the reach and impact of published research. 

The Libraries are exploring different ways to support CMU researchers and helping to encourage innovation in this space.

Create a Kudos account, claim your publications*, explain your work in plain language, link it to related materials, share it via social media and email, then sit back and watch. Kudos uniquely helps you to measure the effect of your actions on downloads, altmetrics and citations.

* Claiming your publications in Kudos is easy to do, particularly if you've imported your citations into ORCID

Creating simple descriptions of your work, linking it to supplementary materials that add context, and sharing it maximize the likelihood of it being found and applied within and beyond your field. In a pilot program, publications promoted using the Kudos tools received on average 19% more downloads than those in a control group.

A number of interesting studies build the case for Kudos. Here are some examples.

Publications with shorter / simpler titles attract more citations: 

C.E. Paiva et al (2012). Articles with short titles describing the results are cited more often. Clinics (Sao Paulo). (doi: 10.6061/clinics/2012(05)17)

T.S. Jacques and N.J. Sebire (2010). The impact of article titles on citation hits: an analysis of general and specialist medical journals. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Short Reports. (doi:10.1258/shorts.2009.100020)

Lay communication contributes to scientific impact:

X. Liang et al (2014). Building Buzz: (Scientists) Communicating Science in New Media Environments. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. (doi: 10.1177/1077699014550092)

D.P. Phillips et al (1991). Importance of the Lay Press in the Transmission of Medical Knowledge to the Scientific Community. (doi:10.1056/NEJM199110173251620)

Using social media can increase citations and use:

H.G. Allen et al (2013). Socia Media Release Increases Dissemination of Original Articles in the Clinical Pain Sciences. PLOS One. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068914)

M. Terras (2012). The Impact of Social Media on the Dissemination of Research: Results of an Experiment. Journal of Digital Humanities. 

G. Eysenbach (2011). Can Tweets Predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based on Twitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of Scientific Impact. Journal of Medical Internet Research. (doi: 10.2196/jmir.2012)

Adding related resources can increase citations.

H. Piwowar and T.J. Vision (2013). Data reuse and the open data citation advantage. PeerJ PrePrints. (doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.1v1)

H.A. Piwowar et al (2007). Sharing Detailed Research Data is Associated with Increased Citation Rate. PLOS One. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000308)

Kudos is the only toolkit specifically designed to help you take control of the reach and impact of your published work, provide tools and guidance to explain and share your research with wider audiences, and bring together in one place multiple datasets about the performance of your publications. No other tool, platform or social network does that – not ResearchGate or Academia.edu, not Google Scholar Profiles, ImpactStory or Altmetric, and not ORCID.

ORCID gives you a unique identifier and enables you to list and provide links to your publications. If you have created a list of your citations in ORCID, you can connect your ORCID and Kudos accounts and import the citations from ORCID into your Kudos profile. Then you can use the Kudos tools to promote your work. For more information on the Kudos-ORCID integration, see the Kudos ORCID FAQ

The Kudos service for researchers is free so you will still be able to use it. The only thing that would end is the Libraries’ access to institutional reports on how CMU researchers are using the Kudos tools and to what effect. If CMU researchers are using and benefiting from use of the Kudos tools, the Libraries might license the Kudos service for institutions to continue to get reports.