COUNTER - Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources
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The use of online information resources is growing rapidly. It is widely agreed by producers and purchasers of information that the use of these resources should be measured in a more consistent way. Librarians want to understand better how the information they buy from a variety of sources is being used; publishers want to know how the information products they disseminate are being accessed. An essential requirement to meet these objectives is an agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data. The COUNTER Codes of Practice provide these standards and protocols and are published in full on this website. Currently available are:

Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources (Published April 2012)

Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases (Published August 2008)

Release 1 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Books and Reference Works (Published in March 2006)

COUNTER Project Director

Released on 1st September 2014

Application deadline: 3rd October 2014

As a result of the forthcoming retirement of the current holder of the position, we are seeking an experienced information professional to fill the role of Project Director of Counter Online Metrics. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to continue taking COUNTER forward at a time when the mission of the organization is expanding and taking new directions.

The Project Director is responsible for the strategic and operational management of the organization and is a key member of and works closely with the COUNTER Executive Committee. The Project Director reports to the COUNTER Board of Directors and takes part in board meetings.

Founded in 2003, Counter Online Metrics is a not-for-profit company based in the United Kingdom, but it is thoroughly international in its scope and global in its reach. For over a decade, COUNTER has set the standards for vendor reporting of online usage of journals, databases, books and other publications. This is achieved through the development of Codes of Practice, and the Project Director plays a key role in the development and implementation of these Codes of Practice. In 2014, COUNTER has broadened its scope to cover new usage-based metrics, notably the Usage Factor for journals and article-level usage reporting. For more information see

The scope of the position includes the development and implementation of the COUNTER Codes of Practice; leading the strategic planning to ensure that COUNTER meets the needs of its members and the wider community; financial management; marketing and communication; liaising with vendors, librarians, library consortia, standards organizations and other industry bodies; supervising staff; administration; reporting to the Board of Directors and to the Executive Committee.

The position is currently based in the UK, but can, within reason, be based in any country with strong, active library and publishing communities.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience at a senior level in the information industry, from either a vendor or a customer perspective
  • Knowledge of online publishing and the methods used to measure the value and impact of publications
  • Leadership, communication and presentation skills
  • General and financial management skills
  • Diplomacy and the ability to work with different groups globally
  • The ability to work independently and organize work efficiently

The Project Director, which is around 50% FTE, is contracted to Counter Online Metrics on an annual basis. The Project Director annual fee for the 50% FTE is expected to be in the range of £45k to £50k depending on experience. The successful contractor may also engage in other paid work, provided that there is no conflict of interest with COUNTER. The Role Description and Person Specification are available on the COUNTER web site at COUNTER Project Director Role Description.

To apply for this position please submit a full Curriculum Vitae, together with the names of two referees/references by 3rd October 2014 to David Sommer at The aim is to appoint the new Project Director by mid-2015 to allow time for a handover from the current incumbent.


COUNTER compliance - a step-by-step Guide for vendors


The purpose of this Guide is to take Vendors who are interested in becoming COUNTER compliant through the compliance process, to enable them to select the COUNTER reports that are relevant to their products, and to describe what happens once a Vendor has become compliant. COUNTER compliance: a step-by-step Guide for Vendors


COUNTER Sponsors


The bulk of COUNTER’s financial support comes from our members in the form of annual membership fees and this is the bedrock of the organization’s fiscal stability. In addition, COUNTER also accepts larger donations from organizations that are keen to provide greater financial support and is pleased to recognize such organizations as Gold, Silver or Bronze Sponsors. COUNTER would like to thank the following Sponsors that have made generous donations this year:


Gold Sponsor




Silver Sponsor


 IOP Publishing


Bronze Sponsors

Statista - The Statistics Portal



Dutch online shopping statistics

MPS Technologies

COUNTER Organizational Structure

COUNTER Online Metrics is a not-for-profit company registered in England (Company No: 4865179). The company has a Board of Directors, chaired by Hazel Woodward of Cranfield University, who have delegated responsibility for the overall management and direction of COUNTER to an Executive Committee, chaired by David Sommer, of David Sommer Consulting. Day-to-day management rests with the project director, Peter Shepherd.

The International Advisory Board of COUNTER consists of leading experts from the publishing, library and intermediary world. Click here to view the membership of the COUNTER Board of Directors, Executive Committee and International Advisory Board.

Click here to view Organizational Structure of COUNTER

Membership information
Become a COUNTER member now

COUNTER is owned by its members. Publishers, intermediaries, libraries, consortia and industry organizations are all eligible for full, voting membership. The following annual membership for 2015:

Member Category 2015 membership fee 3-year membership fee
Vendor £590 ($900) £1690 ($2570)
Smaller Publisher £380 ($570) £1085 ($1625)
Library consortium £395 ($590) £1125 ($1690)
Library £300 ($455) £850 ($1290)
Industry organization £300 ($455) £850 ($1260)
Library affiliate £120 ($180) £340 ($515)

[1] A ‘Smaller Publisher’ is one with annual revenues less than £6.5 million/US$10 million.

[2] Members who pay in advance for three years may now take advantage of a 5% discount for a three-year membership in any category.

Join COUNTER now and support the continued improvement of online usage statistics and usage-based metrics.

To apply for COUNTER membership please complete the application form.

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