COUNTER - Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources

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COUNTER is supported by a global community of members, including libraries, library consortia, publishers, vendors, and professional associations.Please support COUNTER and keep up-to-date with our news and developments by becoming a member:
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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

MPS Technologies

Chameleon John



Coupon Chloe


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

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, Lorraine Estelle.

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.

Click here to view Organizational Structure of COUNTER

Membership information
Become a COUNTER member now

Membership is important: COUNTER is a non-profit organization funded through organizational membership. To sustain the continued improvement of online usage statistics and usage-based metrics, we rely on membership funding from vendors, publishers, libraries and library consortia. Members receive full voting rights at our AGM, eligibility to serve on our working groups and committees and our quarterly newsletter. Membership categories and fees: Categories and fees for 2016 are as follows. Members who pay in advance for three years may now take advantage of a 5% discount for a three-year membership in any category.

Become a COUNTER member today.

Member Category 2016 membership fee 3-year membership fee
Large Publisher/Vendor Annual revenues more than £9.2.5 million/US$14 million £796 ($1200) £2268 ($3420)
Medium Publisher/Vendor Annual revenues less than £9.2.5 million/US$14 million £641 ($1000) £1862 ($2850)
Smaller Publisher Annual revenues less than £6.5 million/US$10 million £391 ($587) £1115 ($1673)
Library consortium £407 ($608) £1159 ($1731)
Library £309 ($469) £880 ($1335)
Industry organization £309 ($469) £880 ($1335)
Library affiliate £124 ($185) £370 ($528)

Pro-rated membership New memberships that begin after 30 March 2016 will be pro-rated for the remaining calendar term. The following will apply - Category fee x # of 2016 remaining months New memberships that begin after 30 June 2016 will be pro-rated for the remaining calendar term. The following will apply - Category fee x # of 2016 remaining months + the standard 2016-membership rate applied for 2017.

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