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COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5

The new Code of Practice is now published.

COUNTER’s library, vendor and content provider members have contributed to the development of Release 5 (R5) of the Code of Practice. They have ensured R5 is internally consistent, unambiguous, and flexible, so that it will be easier for publishers to be compliant and so that the Code of Practice can be adapted and extended as digital publishing changes over the years.

Friendly Guides

To support the implementation of Release 5 we have produced two guides: The Friendly Guide for Providers and Technical Notes.

Library guides will follow early next year.

1 January 2019 is the deadline for transition

Our Transition Timeline and Transition Options graphics explain the detail.


You may also find this article about Release 5 by Tasha Mellins-Cohen published in Research Information of interest.

Help with Release 5

We have set up an email forum to help content providers with the implementation of Release 5. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the list, by registering here by sending an email to:

We will also be holding a webinar for content providers to answer implementation questions. Please register.

We will also be setting up an email forum for librarians to share questions and answers about Release 5. If you would like your name to be added to this list please let us know by registering:

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