What is Kudos?

The University is partnering with Kudos an independent, free, online service that is dedicated to maximising the visibility and levels of engagement with research across various channels.

“The University’s Strategic Plan sets out an ambitious target to enhance our research profile by 100 percent.  Kudos will be a valuable tool for sharing Stirling’s work with audiences worldwide, enhancing our global reputation as a publicly-engaged University, whose research is making a positive difference to people’s lives. We are also eager to develop a better understanding of which researchers are actively sharing their work, and what effect this has on metrics, to enable us to better support and guide their efforts.”

Lisa Haddow, Library and Archives Research Support Team Manager

From the Kudos blog

What can it do?

Kudos helps you maximise the reach and impact of your research. After you’ve ‘claimed your research outputs’, use the online tool to explain your work in plain language, enrich it with context and share it via your social media networks, email and web platforms.

The beauty of populating Kudos is that it is linked to STORRE – so if you add your plain language explanation and resources to a publication in Kudos it will be visible in the STORRE record too. For an example, check out Sonia Rey Planellas’ publication on Emotions in Fish.

How it works

Kudos works on a 3 step process:

  1. Explain: Give your research a short title (not the same one as the publication title), explain what it is about and why it is important.
  2. Share: Whether that is via email, your academic networks, on your blog/website or through social media.
  3. Measure: Use Kudos to track views, downloads, citations and Altmetrics

How to write a plain language summary

Consider writing your plain language summary in 5 steps – even using headers while drafting and then taking them out later can help.

  1. Why we did this work – start from a broad “big picture” general frame work perspective and work to place your research within the “big picture” context.
  2. What were the specific objectives of the work – what was the question you were trying to answer?
  3. What did you do? Readers don’t need so much detail that they could recreate your research but they need to be able to envision what you did.
  4. How do your results fit into the “big picture” you’ve already described? Let the readers know what you found and why that is important given your research question.
  5. Re-read and cut out all the jargon. Use short words and keep your sentences short. Imagine you are talking to your reader.
If you are interested in learning more:

Why not attend Kudos training as part of the 2017 Research Bites programme. Sign up here and the following guidance can be really helpful:

Plain English CampaignHow to write in plain English

Arthropod Ecology blogA guide for writing plain language summaries of research papers