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Update Lorraine Estelle to be new COUNTER Director

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Lorraine Estelle appointed new COUNTER Project Director

The Board of Directors of COUNTER is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorraine Estelle as the new COUNTER Project Director in succession to Peter Shepherd, who will be retiring this summer.

Lorraine brings a wealth of valuable, highly relevant experience to the position. She has worked for Jisc (The UK Joint Information Systems Committee) since 2002 and was Chief Executive of Jisc Collections from 2006 to 2015). In this capacity she has worked closely with publishers and librarians on all aspects of national procurement and licensing activities. Of particular relevance to COUNTER is her role in setting up the UK Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP), which provides a one stop shop for the management by UK academic libraries of COUNTER usage statistics. In addition to her responsibilities at Jisc Lorraine has been an energetic participant in wider information industry initiatives and organizations. She is currently Co-editor of Insights: the UKSG Journal.

In welcoming Lorraine’s appointment, Kathy Perry, Chair of the Board of Directors of COUNTER said “We are absolutely delighted that Lorraine will join us as COUNTER’s new Project Director. There are few people who one could expect to be able to carry on Peter Shepherd’s ground-breaking work, but Lorraine’s experience and international reputation, as well as her work with librarians, publishers and vendors, make her the ideal person to continue COUNTER’s valuable work.”

Lorraine Estelle has been involved in COUNTER since it was launched in 2002, initially as a member of the international Advisory Board and latterly as a member of the Board of Directors. She will take up her appointment as Project Director in the summer of 2015 and will work closely with Peter Shepherd during a handover phase.

Lorraine is looking forward to starting work in her new position and said “I am delighted to be taking on this role and building on the foundations of what has already been achieved, in particular the Code of Practice on Usage Factors and the Counter Code of Practice for Articles.”


COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is a multi-agency international initiative whose objective is to develop a set of internationally accepted, extendible Codes of Practice that allows the usage of online information products and services to be measured more consistently.

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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 ‘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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