COUNTER - Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources
Update Farewell to Peter Shepherd

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Farewell to Peter Shepherd

The members of the COUNTER Board of Directors would like to join me in thanking Peter Shepherd who will be retiring this summer. As COUNTERís first Director, Peter has been instrumental in developing the Code of Practice, now a global industry standard. He has ensured that the standard is consistently and widely adopted to the benefit of libraries, publishers and vendors.

Peterís capability, industry knowledge, and commitment have helped to steer COUNTERís development over the years and his enthusiasm and professionalism have nurtured a community of good practice with collegiate involvement of the COUNTER Executive Committee, Technical Advisory Group, and the industry as a whole. We are delighted that Peter has agreed to remain as director of the Board ensuring that we and his successor will not be entirely bereft of his expertise. However, between Board meetings, we wish Peter a delightful (and well-earned) retirement.

Kathy Perry

Chair of COUNTER Board of Directors


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

Chameleon John



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 ĎSmaller Publisherí 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.

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