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

We are fully compliant with the COUNTER Code of Practice for E-Resources: Releases 4 and 5. This ensures that libraries’ can manage its resources effectively in today’s exploding world of information and demonstrate content value.

What’s new?

COUNTER Release 4 Guides (PDF)

COUNTER Release 5 Guides (PDF)

About Accessible Archives Usage Reports

COUNTER Release 4

COUNTER Release 5

Accessing your COUNTER Usage Information

Log-in Retrieval

 

What is COUNTER Release 5?

Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice is designed to balance changing reporting needs with the need to make things simpler, so that librarians can have usage statistics that are credible, consistent, and comparable.

Accessible Archives, Inc. has made a commitment to provide the COUNTER compliant usage reports to our customers in both Release 4 and Release 5.

What are the features associated with COUNTER Release 5?

  • Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice includes four Master Reports covering a very wide spectrum of activities:
    • Platform Master Report
    • Database Master Report
    • Title Master Report
    • Item Master Report
  • For ease of use, each of the Master Reports is associated with one or more summaries of particular types of activity, such as usage or access denials, called Standard Views.
  • In addition, each Master Report includes all of the COUNTER 5 metrics — investigations and requests, access denials, and searches, supplemented with a variety of attributes.
  • For a complete description of the features and examples in COUNTER 5 see The Friendly Guide to Release 5 for Librarians (PDF)

What are the features associated with COUNTER Release 4?

  • A single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books and reference works.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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?

  • 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 the publisher at robert.lester@unlimitedpriorities.com.

 

How do I access Release 5 for my Accessible Archives collections?

Send your access request to robert.lester@unlimitedpriorities.com.

Upon receipt of your log-in information, you will be directed to access your usage statistics via your Accessible Archives Administrator Page.

Is Accessible Archives compliant with Releases 4 and 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice?

Yes, the Accessible Archives, Inc. Usage Statistics Service is compliant with both Release 4 and 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice. Release 5 has been available since May 2019.

About Accessible Archives Usage Reports

What types of COUNTER-defined reports are available?

COUNTER Release 4

The following COUNTER 4 reports have been developed and are available:

  • 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

Each report provides a unique view into your Accessible Archives online usage data and is formatted to the guidelines that COUNTER has provided for Release 4.

What type of information does Accessible Archives’ COUNTER reports provide?

The reports defined above detail counts of successful requests made from the IP addresses you provided on your institutional subscriber license. The usage data is confined to content related pages including abstracts, table of contents, searches, title requests, and full-text article downloads.

What date ranges are now available?

Accessible Archives’ COUNTER R 4 compliant usage data  has been available to institutions beginning on January 1st, 2013 and continues to be available today.

Define these file types: HTML, PDF, CSV and XLS.

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. To view files of this type, download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe’s Web site.

CSV (Comma Separated Value) – 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.

When will the usage reports be ready for viewing each month?

Monthly usage reports will be available after the 10th business day of the following month.

How is usage activity assigned to an account?

Usage activity is assigned by IP address(es) to each account.


COUNTER Release 5


What types of COUNTER 5 reports are available?

  • Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice includes four Master Reports covering a very wide spectrum of activities:
    • Platform Master Report
    • Database Master Report
    • Title Master Report
    • Item Master Report
  • For ease of use, each of the Master Reports is associated with one or more summaries of particular types of activity, such as usage or access denials, called Standard Views.

In addition, each Master Report includes all of the COUNTER 5 metrics — investigations and requests, access denials, and searches, supplemented with a variety of attributes.

Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice has added a series of elements and attributes to their longer-standing metrics. These help to provide much more granular information in an organized way.

The new elements are:

  • Data Type: used to group content at the level of the Title.
  • Section Type: used when Data Types are delivered in small sub-units (e.g. journal articles)..
  • Access Type: used to determine whether content was Open Access or not.
  • Access Method: applies when a Host allows Text and Data Mining (TDM) of their content and is able to distinguish TDM activity from all other activity.
  • YOP: Year of Publication, the four-digit year in which the Version of Record was published.

Each report provides a unique view your Accessible Archives online usage data and is formatted to the guidelines that COUNTER has provided for Release 5.

What type of information does Accessible Archives’ COUNTER reports provide?

The reports defined above detail counts of successful requests made from the IP addresses you provided on your institutional subscriber license. The usage data is confined to investigations and requests, access denials, and searches, supplemented with a variety of attributes.

What date ranges are now available?

Accessible Archives’ COUNTER R5 compliant usage data has been available to institutions since May 1, 2019 and continues to be available today.

When will the usage reports be ready for viewing each month?

Monthly usage reports will be available after the 10th business day of the following month.

How is usage activity assigned to an account?

Usage activity is assigned by IP address(es) to each account.


Accessing your COUNTER Usage Information

 How do I receive access to Accessible Archives’ COUNTER usage reports?

Send an email to Robert Lester at robert.lester@unlimitedpriorities.com to receive instructions for accessing your COUNTER usage reports via your Administrator’s Page from your Accessible Archives Search Page.

Log-In Retrieval

How do I retrieve my log-in?

Send an email to Robert Lester at robert.lester@unlimitedpriorities.com to receive your log-in and instructions for accessing your COUNTER usage reports via your Administrator’s Page from your Accessible Archives Search Page.

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