Kudos wins ALPSP innovation award

Kudos wins ALPSP innovation award

Kudos, the web-based toolkit which helps researchers and their publishers increase the visibility and impact of published research, has won the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers' Award for Innovation in Publishing.

The award was presented last night (10th September) at the ALPSP international conference in London.

Kudos was said to have impressed the judges particularly by the fact that it is not a closed community, but can be used for any publication with a CrossRef DOi and works across all publishers and platforms, while it offers a single view for the author and publisher to see which communications channels are most effective.

Highly commended for the award was JSTOR Daily, which offers analysis of news, tapping into scholarship on JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals. The judges said: "Its tone is accessible yet authoritative and supports JSTOR's mission to make scholarship relevant and accessible to a wider audience by connecting it to news and offering open access to research available on jstor.org.

Also highly commended was online platform Overleaf. Overleaf gives users the ability to author and edit scientific research and reports with real-time collaboration, which the judges noted offers "valuable time and cost savings for both the researcher and publisher."

Also honoured on the night was Michael Jubb, given the ALPSP Award for Contribution to Scholarly Publishing. Jubb has led the Research Information Network (RIN) since its inception in 2005 and was secretary to the group that produced the original Finch report in 2012 and the subsequent report in 2013. He has also led the team that will report this autumn on key features of the transition to open access in the UK and the rest of the world. Prior to RIN, he was deputy secretary of the British Academy and deputy chief executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board. 

Peter Ashman, chair of the ALPSP Council, said: "The scholarly publishing industry has benefited greatly from Michael's knowledge and insight and Council was delighted to make this award in recognition of this. Sadly, with Michael's impending and much deserved retirement, comes the closure of RIN and the industry will be a little worse off as a result. We hope this award goes some way to recognising all that Michael has achieved and his service to the scholarly publishing community." 

Judging the awards were chair Richard Gedye, director of outreach programmes for STM; Andrew Barker of the University of Liverpool Library' Tim Devenport of EDitEUR, Jane Harvill of the University of Sussex, Robert Iannello of ARM and David Smith of The IET.