COUNTER - Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources
Update New COUNTER Code of Practice for Articles

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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 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.

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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 2014:

Member Category 2014 membership fee 3-year membership fee
Vendor £575 ($875) £1640 ($2495)
Smaller Publisher £370 ($555) £1055 ($1580)
Library consortium £385 ($575) £1155 ($1640)
Library £290 ($440) £825 ($1255)
Industry organization £290 ($440) £895 ($1225)
Library affiliate £115 ($175) £330 ($500)

[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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