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What is COUNTER?

"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 the following website" - http://www.projectcounter.org/index.html


COUNTER Code of Practice – Release 3 Features

  • Further improvements to the reliability of the COUNTER usage reports
  • Mitigates the potential inflationary effects on usage statistics of federated and automated search engines, internet robots, crawlers, etc.
  • Provides tools that will facilitate the consolidation, management and analysis of the COUNTER usage statistics
  • Improved COUNTER usage reports for library consortia
  • Improved reporting for journal archives

SUSHI Service

  • The SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol has been incorporated into the COUNTER Code of Practice
  • SUSHI has been developed by NISO (National Information Standards Organizations) in cooperation with COUNTER
  • SUSHI allows for the automated retrieval of the COUNTER usage reports into local systems, making the harvesting and aggregating of usage reports much less time consuming for the librarian or library consortium administrator
  • Several SUSHI client tools are currently available through various vendors
  • For more information or assistance with taking advantage of this new service, please contact the publisher at acmdigitallibraryusage@hq.acm.org

Usage Reports

Journal Usage
JR1 - Number of Successful Full-Text Article Requests by Month and Periodical/Proceeding:
Article downloads on the ACM Digital Library platform
JR4 - Total Searches Run by Month and Service:
Searches on ACM's collection

Book and Reference Work Usage
BR1 - Number of Successful Title Requests by Month and Title:
Title downloads on the ACM Digital Library platform

Other Usage
Topsheet Summary - Overall statistics:
High-level usage statistics on the ACM Digital Library platform
Affiliated Publications - Number of Successful Requests by Month and Affiliated Publication:
Affiliated Publications downloads on the ACM Digital Library platform
Downloads - Download Requests by Month and Type:
Requests by Type (ex. Full-Text, Abstract, Table of Contents, etc.) on the ACM Digital Library platform
Article Titles - Number of Successful Requests by Month and Title:
Article downloads by Title on the ACM Digital Library platform
IPs - Number of Successful Page Views by Month and IP:
Pageview by IP on the ACM Digital Library platform
Journals - Article Requests by Month and Journal:
Article Requests by Month and Journal on the ACM Digital Library platform
Magazines - Number of Successful Requests by Month and Magazine:
Article downloads by Magazine on the ACM Digital Library platform
Newsletters - Number of Successful Requests by Month and Newsletter:
Article downloads by Newsletter on the ACM Digital Library platform
Proceedings - Number of Successful Requests by Month and Proceeding:
Article downloads by Proceeding on the ACM Digital Library platform
Institutions (only available to consortia accounts) - Number of Successful Requests by Month and Institution:
Article downloads by Institution on the ACM Digital Library platform



Report Formats

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) - The coded format language used for creating hypertext documents on the World Wide Web and controlling how Web pages appear.

PDF - A file format created by Adobe, initially to provide a standard form for storing and editing printed publishable documents. Because documents in .pdf format can easily be seen and printed by users on a variety of computer and platform types, they are very common on the World Wide Web. To view files of this type, download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe's Web site - http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

CSV (Comma Separated Variable) - The simplest form of file for holding scientific, or other, data. Data is listed in columns in a text file, each value being separated by a comma. Each new line represents a new set of data.

XLS - Excel format spreadsheet





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