What it tells you

The annual SCONUL statistical return asks libraries to report on the number of section requests (COUNTER BR2 or equivalent) for the academic year 1 August - 31 July. The SCONUL return report helps provide this information for any publishers within JUSP.

Where BR2 data are not available, the BR1 report can be used and a multiplier applied to estimate the section requests. The JUSP SCONUL returns report currently only includes BR2 data, and we would like to hear how libraries would like BR1 data displayed. Please note that as of February 2016 none of the publishers in JUSP are using BR1.

How to run the report

  1. Log in to the portal
  2. Select "SCONUL returns"
  3. Select an individual publisher or all publishers
  4. Select a date range (currently data available for academic years 2014-15)
  5. Click Generate

How to interpret the data

The resulting report will give the number of section requests for the specified academic year for each publisher in the portal (or the specified publisher you chose for the report). It only includes data from BR2, and BR1 data will need to be added separately.

The chart at the bottom of the screen shows you how usage is split between the available publishers. Usage it likely to be dominated by big publishers with large ebook collections if you have them.

Top tips for using this report

  1. Download the data as a CSV file and combine this with any data from publishers not yet in JUSP or providing the BR1 instead before submitting your SCONUL return
  2. Download data from different academic years to compare usage longitudinally (or look at a glance within JUSP by choosing "All years" in the year dropdown)
  3. View a pie chart to see at a glance the proportions of usage of each publisher


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