Have you heard of Kudos? It’s a platform which helps researchers to explain and share their work with a wider audience. Sounds pretty good, but what do scientists who are actually using it think about it? We asked Dr Jesse Harrison for his thoughts.
His paper looking at life within extreme environments was published last year in Journal of the Royal Society Interface and subsequently shared on Twitter and Kudos.
Why did you join?
I signed up because it sounded like a useful way to make my research more visible, and to help it reach a broader audience. I was originally made aware of it through an email I received after having a manuscript accepted for publication.
What’s the best thing about Kudos?
The ability to write short summaries of your research. I aim to write these in a way that expands upon the information given in the abstract and describes the main findings with a general audience in mind.
What are the benefits for you as an author?
I believe that Kudos can help with making research more accessible. One of the key benefits is that the work may also reach readers who would not otherwise see the paper in question, including researchers in other fields.
The Dashboard feature gives a good idea of how many people have found a given paper through Kudos. I can imagine it could also be useful for job applications, for example, if a potential employer requests summaries of your research to date.
Was it easy to set up?
It was relatively easy. Not much additional work was involved, although I try to think carefully about what information to include in the paper summaries as well as how to describe the main findings to a relatively broad audience.
Do you have a Top Tip for using Kudos?
My Top Tip would be to make the most of this service by ensuring that the publication summaries do not merely replicate what is already given in the abstract. This is an additional opportunity to describe why your work is worth reading, and for this reason the descriptions should also be more immediately understandable than the more specialized text in the article itself.
Would you recommend Kudos to a colleague?
I would – it does not take much time to maintain and I think there are several benefits that make it worthwhile.
Dr Jesse Harrison is a post-doc at the Division of Microbial Ecology at the University of Vienna. View Jesse’s profile on Kudos.