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Bernhard Mittermaier
Dr. Bernhard Mittermaier
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Date:    Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:35:51 +0000
From:    Peter Shepherd <pt_shepherd@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: COUNTER at 10


2012 marks COUNTER’s 10th anniversary. Over the last decade COUNTER has worked 
to improve the reliability and usability of online vendor usage statistics and 
continues to do so, with the active support of librarians and vendors 
worldwide. There are now over 150 vendors compliant with the COUNTER Codes of 
Practice, providing online usage statistics for over 15,000 full text journals 
and hundreds of thousands of books, as well as for databases.

The number of COUNTER compliant vendors has continued to grow during 2012; 
recent additions include the American Accounting Association, the American 
Mathematical Society and the Faculty of 1000 (F1000)

Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice

A major milestone this year has been the publication of Release 4 of the 
COUNTER Code of Practice. This Release is a single, integrated Code of Practice 
for e-Resources, covering journals, databases and books, as well as multimedia 
content. As such it will supersede both Release 3 of the Code of Practice for 
Journals and Databases and Release 1 of the Code of Practice for Books and 
Reference Works. Release 4 was published on the COUNTER website 
(http://www.projectcounter.org/code_practice.html) in April 2012 and the 
deadline for its implementation is 31 December 2013.

Usage Factor

COUNTER also co-operates with other organizations on the development of 
usage-related research and services. Over the last 4 years COUNTER has worked 
with the UK Serials Group and a group of leading publishers to develop a 
statistically robust Usage Factor metric- a usage-based alternative to the 
citation-based Journal Impact Factor. Earlier this year the draft Code of 
Practice for Usage Factors was published on the COUNTER website at: 
http://www.projectcounter.org/usage_factor.html . It specifies the protocols 
that vendors must follow to calculate and report COUNTER-approved journal Usage 
Factors. This Code of Practice is currently being refined and the final, 
definitive; version will be published in 2013.


COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is a 
multi-agency international initiative whose objective is to develop a set of 
internationally accepted, extendible Codes of Practice that allows the usage of 
online information products and services to be measured more accurately and  

For more information, please contact:

Peter Shepherd

 Director - COUNTER


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