Malvern, PA (January 22, 2015) — Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, and Scholarly iQ, a provider of eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market, have announced that Accessible Archives’ usage statistics for its collections using the new COUNTER Release 4 (R4) standards will become available April 1, 2015. These standards are the latest version of the agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of such online usage data, which are used to ensure independent reporting of publishers’ usage statistics to libraries. Scholarly iQ is providing reporting and data management services for Accessible Archives. This agreement was coordinated through Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries.
Iris Hanney, Unlimited Priorities president, discussed the importance of COUNTER compliance: “In today’s challenging economic market, ensuring that trusted, independent reporting of usage statistics is available to libraries is critical as this data is used to effectively demonstrate content value to subscribing institutions. Partnering with Scholarly iQ will ensure Accessible Archives remains compliant with the COUNTER R4 standard, allowing them to better serve the scholarly library community.”
The COUNTER Release 4 standards contain the following new features to improve the delivery of consistent, credible and comparable usage statistics:
- A single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content
- An expanded list of Definitions, including terms such as ‘multimedia full content unit’, ‘record view’, ‘result click’, as well as different categories of ‘access denied’, etc. that are used for the first time in Release 4
- Enhancements of the SUSHI (Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol designed to facilitate its implementation by vendors and its use by librarians
- The ability to report usage of Gold Open Access articles separately, via the new “Journal Report 1 GOA.”
- An expanded “Journal Report 2,” which includes information on denied-access content and unlicensed content, in addition to the “Turnaways” data, which is covered by earlier COUNTER Releases.
- A modified “Journal Report 5,” which reports on the usage of full-text article requests by year and by journal from a library’s acquired archival content.
- Inclusion of Book DOI in the usage reports, to facilitate not only the management of usage data, but also the linking of usage data to other data relevant to collections of online content.
- An expanded Database Report 2, which now includes ‘access denied: content item not licensed’, in addition to the ‘Turnaways’ (access denied: simultaneous/concurrent user licence limit exceeded) covered in earlier Releases.
- Modified Database Reports, in which the previous requirement to report Session counts has been dropped, and new requirements, to report Record Views and Result Clicks, have been added. (Database Report 3 has also been renamed Platform Report 1).
- A requirement, in Book Report 2, that the type of Section covered in the report be defined
- Removal of Book Report 6: Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Service, which is replaced by Platform Report 1.
- A new report, Multimedia Report 1, which covers the usage of non-textual multimedia resources, such as audio, video and images, by reporting the number of successful requests for multimedia full content units
- Flexibility in the usage reporting period that allows you to specify a date range for your usage reports
- A single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content.
“The academic publishing market is fast becoming increasingly online and data driven,” said Gary Van Overborg, CEO and founder, Scholarly iQ. “The COUNTER R4 standard provides trust and accountability in understanding the business value of digital products. Supporting and adhering to these latest standards is a must, and we are delighted to be working with Accessible Archives at this tremendously exciting time.”
About Accessible Archives, Inc.
Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images only. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across 18th and 19th American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives.
About Scholarly iQ
Scholarly iQ provides independent, trusted eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market. Leaders in usage reporting since 2002, SiQ services integrate and deliver meaningful data accurately and on time for better business decisions.
SiQ leverages leading technologies and has a solid team of professionals in online publishing, web analytics, database integration, and web site development, providing legendary client support 24×7 with energy, enthusiasm and commitment. This combination ensures that SiQ continuously provide exemplary customer centric solutions with industry leading people, processes and technologies.
In addition, SiQ actively supports the academic publishing market as a whole through community participation including NISO’s SUSHI Developers Group and Business Information Topic Committee (www.niso.org) , the Society for Scholarly Publishing (www.sspnet.org), UKSG (www.uksg.org) and COUNTER’s International Advisory Board (www.projectcounter.org). For more information, visit www.scholarlyiq.com or https://twitter.com/ScholarlyIQ.
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