The first list of vendors/publishers compliant with Release 3 of the Code of Practice for Journals and Databases has been published on the COUNTER website. COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is a multi-agency initiative that serves librarians, publishers and intermediaries “by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible and compatible way” (http://www.projectcounter.org/about.html).
SAGE is one of the 60+ vendors and publishers who have already been audited and approved as COUNTER 3 compliant. The COUNTER Code is mutually beneficial for libraries and publishers, and SAGE is committed to maintaining compliance so our usage reports always meet the needs of our library and consortia customers.
Demonstrating the value of library resources is particularly important in the current economic environment, meaning access to accurate and timely usage data is critical to librarians managing institutional accounts. COUNTER compliance helps this process by providing an international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data.
As COUNTER Chair, Peter Shepherd, summarized in an email to library listservs, “The main objectives of Release 3 are: to improve further the reliability of the COUNTER usage reports; to provide tools that will facilitate the consolidation, management and analysis of the COUNTER usage statistics; to improve the COUNTER usage reports for library consortia; and to improve the reporting of the usage of journal archives.”
Changes in this new release include:
• Data in XML format as well as (previously-available HTML and tab-delimited
• Delivery mechanism of SUSHI, in addition to web browser
• Required reporting for archive products
• New consortial usage reports
• Explicit provision for “non traditional” views
• Exclusion of standard set of robots
You can view the full list of compliant vendors and find out more about the reports on the COUNTER website.