COUNTER - Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources

News and Activities

Last updated: August 2015

COUNTER Community Consultation

We aim to improve the usage statistics utility of the COUNTER Code of Practice and ensure that libraries and consortia receive usage statistics in the format that they need. We also aim to ensure that publishers and vendors can efficiently and cost effectively implement our Code of Practice.

Online surveys are now available so that vendors, publishers, libraries and consortia can tell us their views.

The survey will take around half an hour to complete.

We realise that we are asking our stakeholders for some considerable input, but the information provided will enable us to improve the usefulness of COUNTER usage statistics.

Please help us by completing the surveys:

COUNTER Online Survey for Vendors and Publishers

COUNTER Online Survey for Libraries and Consortia

COUNTER is happy to announce Lorraine Estelle as the Project Director.

COUNTER is happy to announce Lorraine Estelle as the Project Director. Lorraine previously held the post of CEO of Jisc Collections and replaces Peter Shepherd on his retirement. “Peter will be a very hard act to follow, but I am looking forward to the challenge. He has also secured successfully developed the COUNTER Code of Practice as an internationally recognised industry standard. Metrics have evolved hugely in recent years” said Lorraine “and COUNTER is well placed to develop in meeting the needs of libraries, publishers and vendors, institutional repositories and funders. The COUNTER Code of Practice for Articles Release 1 is an important development and one on which COUNTER will be building. I am looking forward to engaging and working with all of COUNTER’s Board, Executive Committee and all of its stakeholders in the continuing development of COUNTER to ensure its crucial contribution to the information environment efficiently and effectively.” Lorraine can be contacted at

Implementing SUSHI and COUNTER: A Primer for Librarians

Edited by Oliver Pesch

Project Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources (COUNTER) released its first code of practice in 2002. Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) was introduced in 2007 as a way of automating the harvesting of COUNTER reports. Both initiatives have been well adopted yet there is still confusion about how to implement SUSHI. This column offers a primer for library staff wanting to take advantage of the benefits of SUSHI. It starts with a quick review of both COUNTER and SUSHI, then covers options for SUSHI clients, examines SUSHI configuration requirements, demonstrates how to use SUSHI to obtain a COUNTER report and shows an example of working with a COUNTER Journal Reports in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format to create a spreadsheet with a simple cost-per-use and package analysis. By the end the reader should gain enough knowledge to configure a SUSHI client, successfully harvest COUNTER statistics and to perform some basic analysis on that usage. The full article has been published on Taylor & Francis Online. It is available at:

Relationships between journal use and research output at academic institutions

Youngim Jung’s article on the relationship between journal use and research output at academic institutions in South Korea is now published. The study “confirmed that the association of e-journal use with the two quantitative research indicators is strongly positive…” Read the article full article:

Jung Y. et al (2015) Statistical relationships between journal use and research output at academic institutions in South Korea, Scientometrics June 2015, Volume 103, Issue 3, pp 751-777. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-015-1563-0

Announcing Usus – a community website on usage

Usus (Latin for usage) is a new, independent, community-run website ( for all those interested in the usage of online content. It is designed to support a productive conversation among librarians, publishers, aggregators, and repository managers so that we can all get the best possible usage reports for our electronic resources.

The Usus website provides:

  • A source of hints and tips on solving known problems
  • A list of vendors with problems that are affecting the credibility and/or usefulness of the COUNTER reports
  • A collection point for suggestions for new COUNTER usage reports and metrics

Supervisory Board

The Usus Supervisory Board will ensure that the website is editorially independent and will serve the needs of the community. Chaired by Anne Osterman, Deputy Director of VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia), the members of the Supervisory Board are:

  • Anne Osterman, VIVA, USA (Chair)
  • Simon Bevan, Cranfield University, UK
  • Melissa Blaney, ACS Publications, USA
  • Anna Creech, University of Richmond, USA
  • Jo Lambert, JISC, UK
  • Oliver Pesch, EBSCO, USA
  • Kari Schmidt, Montgomery College, USA
  • Mark Tullos, ProQuest, USA

For more information, please contact Usus at:


ENCOUNTER the quarterly COUNTER newsletter is now published: ENCOUNTER Quarterly Newsletter

Forthcoming Events: -

  • Tuesday 8 September, Oxford, UKSG is running a one-day Training Seminar - Practical Skills for Librarians
  • Wednesday 11 November 2015, London, ALPSP Seminar 'Setting the Standard'

News Releases

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Research Projects

COUNTER is an active participant in research projects whose objectives are either to improve the quality of online usage statistics or to increase the relevance of usage data in the wider world of scholarly metrics.

Articles and Presentations

Invitation to Institutions in Germany to become COUNTER Members

COUNTER would very much welcome new members from Germany. This letter is an invitation to membership, and highlights the benefits of being a member of COUNTER.

Letter to institutions in Germany

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