Kudos: Accelerating Research Impact

BMJ has partnered with Kudos (www.growkudos.com) to help you share your work with all the right people in your networks and beyond. Using Kudos is free. It can help you improve the profile of your work and the number of downloads. There are three steps to using Kudos: explain, share and measure.


Use Kudos’ template to write a short summary of your article: what it’s about and why it’s important. You can also add a more personal commentary. This will appear on a page devoted to your article on growkudos.com and can be turned into a shareable PDF that includes a link back to the full journal article.


Follow the step-by-step instructions within Kudos’ easy-to-use toolkit and start sharing the summary PDF on social media, academic sharing sites, email and professional networks. On Kudos you can also add links to other resources, such as podcasts, videos or media coverage.


Kudos also provides you with a suite of metrics that enable you to monitor and analyse which methods of outreach are the most successful for you, as well as showing downloads, Altmetrics and citations.


How to get your Kudos summary


When submitting your article you will have the option to enter a short, plain language, summary of your article. If your article is accepted for publication, BMJ will share this summary and the names and email address of all the authors with Kudos.

The summary will be published on the Kudos website and can be easily shared with colleagues and via social media. There is no charge for this service. The summary will not be included in the published article, and is therefore different from the abstract and any key messages.

Example 1:

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements (e.g., fish oil) have been shown to benefit younger adults and older people with illness or disease but the benefits to people over 60 who are otherwise medically healthy is not known. We aim to examine the evidence that in healthy older adults omega-3 supplements can have a beneficial effect on their muscle mass, muscle strength and physical activity.

Example 2:

We decided to ask specialists in vision and hearing care that have experience working with older adults that have dementia how to best screen for sensory impairment. The study summaries their recommendations, specifically for nurses that work in long-term care facilities where sensory and cognitive impairments are very common.