What is COUNTER?

Project COUNTER is an industry initiative that provides guidelines for the measurement, creation, and distribution of online usage reports to institutional subscribers. See http://www.projectcounter.org for more information.

Accessible Archives, Inc. has made a commitment to provide COUNTER compliant usage reports to our subscribers.

What are the features associated with COUNTER Release 4?

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 and reference works.
  • An expanded list of Definitions, including terms such as ‘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.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility in the usage reporting period that allows you to specify a date range for your usage reports

What is SUSHI and how does it relate to COUNTER Release 4?

  • The SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol has been incorporated into the COUNTER Code of Practice
  • SUSHI has been developed by NISO (National Information Standards Organizations) in cooperation with COUNTER
  • SUSHI allows for the automated retrieval of the COUNTER usage reports into local systems, making the harvesting and aggregating of usage reports much less time consuming for the librarian or library consortium administrator
  • Several SUSHI client tools are currently available through various vendors
  • For more information or assistance with taking advantage of this new service, please contact Accessible Archives, Inc. at tnagy@accessible.com

Usage Reports

Journal Reports

Journal Report 1 (JR1): Number of Successful Full-text Article Requests by Month and Journal
Journal Report 5 (JR5): Number of Successful Full-Text Article Requests by Year-of-Publication (YOP) and Journal

Database Reports

Database Report 1 (DB1): Total Searches, Result Clicks and Record Views by Month and Database

Book Reports

Book Report 1 (BR1): Number of Successful Title Requests by Month and Title

Title Reports

Title Report 3 (TR3): Number of Successful Requests by Month, Title and Page Type.  In addition, this report will include usage related to Tables of Contents and non-textual resource image requests. (Coming mid-January  2017)

Report Formats

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) – The coded format language used for creating hypertext documents on the World Wide Web and controlling how Web pages appear.

PDF – A file format created by Adobe, initially to provide a standard form for storing and editing printed publishable documents. Because documents in .pdf format can easily be seen and printed by users on a variety of computer and platform types, they are very common on the World Wide Web. To view files of this type, download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe’s Web site.

CSV (Comma Separated Variable) – The simplest form of file for holding scientific, or other, data. Data is listed in columns in a text file, each value being separated by a comma. Each new line represents a new set of data.

XLS – Excel format spreadsheet

XML (Extensible Markup Language) – A text format designed for ease of implementation and for interoperability with both SGML and HTML. The XML format will make it easier for customers to manipulate and merge the reports from different vendors.