COUNTER ArticlesLast updated: October 2015
Introduction to Release 1 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Articles
The COUNTER Code of Practice for Articles (COUNTER Articles) has been established to provide a COUNTER-compliant standard for the recording, consolidation and reporting of usage at the individual article level of Journal Articles hosted by Publishers, Aggregators, Institutional Repositories and Subject Repositories.
COUNTER Articles builds on the COUNTER Code of Practice and COUNTER will be responsible for its development, ongoing management and implementation. To have their usage statistics and reports designated compliant vendors and services will have to provide usage statistics that conform to this Code of Practice. Vendors that are already COUNTER-compliant will find it relatively straightforward to conform to the COUNTER Articles standard. In addition to what is already provided for COUNTER, the key additional metadata requirements for COUNTER Articles- compliance will be:
COUNTER Articles provides a standard that enables any organization hosting journal articles to report in a credible, consistent and compatible way the usage of these articles to authors, their institutions and their funding organizations. It also enables vendors to consolidate usage of articles on different platforms into a global usage total.
The COUNTER Code of Practice for Articles provides a framework for the recording, exchange and interpretation of online usage statistics for individual full-text journal articles. In doing so, it covers the following areas:
While this Release focuses on journal articles, its principles may be applied to other categories of individual content items that are well defined, and have sufficiently robust metadata associated with them
Features of COUNTER Articles
The COUNTER Code of Practice for Articles provides the specifications and tools that will allow COUNTER-compliant publishers, repositories and other organizations to record and report usage statistics at the individual article level that are credible, compatible and consistent. COUNTER-compliant publishers may build on the existing COUNTER tools to do so, while an alternative approach is provided for non-COUNTER compliant repositories, which is tailored to their systems and capabilities. This Code of Practice contains the following features:
Reporting usage at the individual article level
Unlike the standard COUNTER usage reports, which vendors must update monthly for all products covered, the COUNTER Articles usage reports do not have to be provided monthly for every article they cover (but should be broken down by month when reported). Rather, the vendor must have the capability to produce the COUNTER Articles reports for all the journal articles they host on an annual basis, as a minimum requirement.
The COUNTER Code of Practice for Articles provides two reports for this purpose: