15 Publisher Partners And 61% Of Authors Choosing New Copyright-Compliant Sharing Service

May 22, 2018

Kudos, the platform for managing research dissemination, has announced results of its new shareable PDF (S-PDF) service. The S-PDF provides researchers with a means to write and share a high-level overview for each of their publications, giving the broader context of their work and helping improve discoverability and understanding by a wide audience. It also provides a means for authors and participating publishers to understand the relative efficacy of a variety of platforms and channels in driving views and usage of articles, books, and book chapters. 

The S-PDF comprises bibliographic information, a plain language summary, and a link to the publisher version of record. The S-PDF is a complement to other initiatives designed to help researchers improve copyright-compliant visibility for their work on scholarly collaboration networks and via other PDF-based sharing platforms and media.

Kudos launched the S-PDF towards the end of 2017 following publisher consultation and research with its user base of researchers (now at over 225,000). In the 6 months since the service launched: 

  • 15 publishers have signed up to switch on the new S-PDF feature and enable their authors to use Kudos for managing their PDF-based sharing. 
  • The most recent publishers to sign up are Wiley, the American Meteorological Society, IWA Publishing, the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Trans Tech Publications, and Tsinghua University Press.
  • S-PDF has immediately become the most popular mechanism for sharing via Kudos, with 61% of authors choosing to use S-PDF to share their work, when offered it by their publisher
  • S-PDF has substantially increased the number of authors sharing (via any channel), with more than twice as many authors now sharing their work for those publishers participating in S-PDF. 
  • The number of publications being shared (via any channel) has also more than doubled since the option was made live.

The Kudos shareable PDF is now available for any publisher who wishes to activate this feature, whether a current Kudos customer or not.