Researcher Tools on ASHAWire

Translating Knowledge. Building Impact.


Learn about the tools available through ASHAWire to optimize your research.

Bring your papers to life with enhanced PDFs.
Monitor the impact of your articles.
Make sure your research gets read and applied.
Advance your research through conversation.


ReadCube: Bring your papers to life.


Why ReadCube?

ReadCube provides a next-generation article reader and citation manager. While keeping the layout and design of a standard PDF, articles opened in the ReadCube Enhanced PDF format feature hyperlinked in-line citations, annotation tools, clickable author names, and direct access to supplemental content. Easy access links to this valuable article data make it easier for researchers to discover, access, and interact with our scientific literature.


ReadCube on ASHAWire

ReadCube enhanced PDFs are available for all JSLHR, LSHSS, AJSLP, AJA, and Perspectives articles. You do not need a ReadCube account to use ReadCube: ReadCube enhanced PDFs will open by default when you click the "PDF" button for any article if you are using a compatible web browser.
If you choose to create a ReadCube account, you will have access to additional features, including the ability to save the enhanced article and annotations you make to ReadCube's web, desktop, and mobile applications.


What can I do with ReadCube?

ReadCube enhanced PDFs provide
  • optimized PDF viewing
  • supplements and related materials
  • clickable in-line references
  • full reference list
  • figure browser
  • 1-click author searches
  • related articles
  • in-line notes and highlighting tools
  • full screen viewer
  • customizable interface


What if I have questions about creating a ReadCube account or using additional ReadCube features?

ASHAWire partners with ReadCube to provide enhanced PDFs for our site. If you are interested in learning more about the additional free and fee-based tools for labs and researchers offered by ReadCube, please visit their website at
If you have questions about creating a ReadCube account or using the ReadCube web reader, please visit ReadCube support at


Altmetrics: Monitor the impact of your articles.


Why Altmetrics?

Traditional methods of counting citations and downloads to measure research impact miss a lot – particularly the reception to published research among wider society. 'Altmetrics', or alternative metrics, have evolved to help scientists gain a better understanding of the reach and attention a paper receives beyond the academic sphere.
Altmetric LLP collects article-level metrics and the online conversations around research papers by tracking a selection of online indicators (both scholarly and non-scholarly) to give a measurement of digital impact and reach. ‘Mentions’ that contain links to any version of a paper across traditional and social media outlets, blogs, public policy documents, post-publication peer-review forums, and online reference managers are picked up and collated.
The result is a quantitative measure of the attention that a scholarly article has received. This 'Altmetric Score' is calculated based on three main factors:
  1. Volume. The score for an article rises as more people mention it.
  2. Sources. Each category of mention contributes a different base amount to the final score.
  3. Authors. How often the author of each mention talks about scholarly articles influences the contribution of the mention.


Altmetrics on ASHAWire

Altmetrics data is now available on JSLHR, LSHSS, AJSLP, AJA, and Perspectives articles.
On the ASHAWire platform, the overall score for each article (where data is available) is displayed in an Altmetric badge, located below the article title and authors.

You can click on the Altmetric badge to be taken to the article details page, which will show you each mention of the paper. The ring-shaped donut visualization will differ in color depending on what sources the article has mentions from – blue for twitter, yellow for blogs, red for mainstream media sources – and so on.


What can I do with Altmetric data?

The Altmetric data available on the journal articles allows you to:
  • see the attention that an article is receiving from non-traditional sources
  • explore the conversations surrounding the content
  • identify recent papers your peers think are interesting
Altmetrics can be particularly useful to researchers who are keen to build their online presence, demonstrate the broader impacts of their work, and increase their chances of receiving grant funding. Many researchers use the data about their articles to:
  • Identify coverage and wider dissemination of their research, using data from the details page in CVs or funding applications.
  • See who is talking about their research to identify potential new collaborators and build relationships with key influencers.
  • Monitor other research in their field, and know how it has been received among a broader audience.
  • Manage their online reputation by getting insight into public commentary on their work and actively engaging with the conversation.


How can I report missing mentions?

If you spot any mentions missing for a paper, please click here to open a form where you can report this to Altmetric, who will review your suggestions and add them where applicable. You can find more information about why some mentions may not have been picked up by clicking here.


Kudos: Make sure your research gets read and applied.


Why Kudos?

Kudos is a free platform for increasing the reach and impact of your publications. You can explain your work in plain language, add links to related resources, and generate trackable links for sharing via email, web, and social networks; these enable your communications to be directly mapped against views, downloads, altmetrics, and citations.
Kudos helps you increase the discoverability of your research, and by connecting the dots between your communications and your metrics, provides you with a rich understanding of how best you can increase your readership. In a pilot study, publications for which the Kudos toolkit was used had 23% higher downloads than publications for which the toolkit was not used.



Kudos on ASHAWire

ASHA partnered with Kudos to support our authors in their outreach efforts by helping them be more connected to the ways they communicate. As an author, you can amplify your efforts and increase the visibility of your research by using Kudos to provide plain language explanations, track communication metrics as you open up your research to new audiences, and gain important insights so you can focus your efforts on the most effective approaches.
Authors will receive an email inviting them to use Kudos to explain and share their work. If you don’t want to wait for your email invitation, you can register now ( to explain and share some of your existing publications.


Where can I learn more?

We'll be providing additional details and tips for getting started with Kudos in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, you can view tutorial videos on the Kudos YouTube channel or visit the Kudos website at to learn more.


Twitter: Advance science through conversation.


What can I do with Twitter?


Twitter on ASHAWire

In addition to providing tools to quickly "Share" any ASHAWire article via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or email, ASHAWire is building a Twitter list of labs and scientists who frequently Tweet about CSD research.

Connect with us at @ASHAJournals and @SIGPerspectives, or subscribe to our CSD Researchers list at
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