John Benjamins offers Kudos to its authors

Kudos is a web-based service, that helps researchers to maximize the visibility and impact of their published articles. Kudos provides a platform for assembling and creating information to help search filtering, for sharing information to drive discovery, and for measuring and monitoring the effect of these activities. The basic tenet of Kudos is to encourage academic researchers to explain their work in plain language to reach wider non-scientific audiences such as governmental agencies, industry, education, the media, and the public.

John Benjamins supplies Kudos regularly with lists of journal articles and book DOIs to facilitate linking those to your Kudos profile. Through the author dashboard in your Kudos profile you can see how many people clicked on the Kudos link of your article after you shared that on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter. We have arranged for usage statistics of our publications on the JB e-Platform to be fed to Kudos on a daily basis. This allows you to see how your actions promoting or mentioning your publication impact on the number of full-text views.

Needless to say, it remains your choice whether you want to use this free service and if so, how actively you want to use it.

Getting started with Kudos

Once your article is published, you will get a Kudos registration email. Upon receipt of this, follow the steps below to create your Kudos profile, research 'Story', and get ready to share your work with the world. See also this video:

Ten steps to optimize your publication(s) on Kudos:

  1. Register
  2. Add your articles - DOI, search by keywords, ORCID import
  3. Create your Story page
  4. Add a plain language What's it About summary.
    Keep in mind that this plain language summary is often displayed close to the published abstract, so simply copying the abstract from your article is not very helpful. See the links below for tips on plain language summaries. You could also use this to add a summary/abstract in another language.
  5. Add a plain-language title
  6. Add a Why is it Important? summary
  7. Add a Perspectives summary
  8. Add an image via Kudos' free image library
  9. Share your Story using trackable links, and add these to your email and social feeds
  10. Track your metrics to see your Story's performance

Once you have created your Kudos Story, your research will feature on our Showcase. Kudos also leverages search engines and social media to expand readership.

Next steps with Kudos

You should consider augmenting your Story to help more people find, understand, and cite your work. See also this video:

  1. Add a Personal Perspective
  2. Invite your co-authors
  3. Update your profile page
  4. Include multimedia, data sets, press releases, and other content

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