COUNTER Release 5 service transition for libraries

Updated: December 12, 2018

Compliance with Release 5 (R5) of the COUNTER Code of Practice will be mandatory from January 2019, with delivery of January 2019 usage reports due by end of February 2019. This update provides JUSP participating libraries with details of how the move from COUNTER Release 4 to Release 5 will impact upon their use of JUSP from 2019.

JUSP service developments

The move to COUNTER Release 5 enables Jisc to make certain improvements to the JUSP service including:

  • Offering a single point of access to R5 journal, book, database and platform reports as opposed to the current dual access mechanism
  • Access to a smaller number of reports and visualisations but with more flexibility to amend parameters such as time period
  • Access to complete aggregator reports for journals in addition to books, databases and platform reports

A decision was taken to remove JUSP titles and deals functionality from the service. This feature sees relatively little use, and as title lists originating from KB+ are not actively maintained in JUSP following initial collection, subsequent changes made by a publisher are not reflected. Jisc's Transforming Library Support Services project will provide an opportunity to explore more efficient processes for delivering this type of functionality in future.

January 2019: data

Throughout January 2019, R4 reports indicating December usage of e-resources will be collected and loaded into the portal for all JUSP participating libraries. The collection of December 2018 usage reports in January will complete provision of R4 data prior to a move to R5.

February 2019: data

Publishers are expected to provide January R5 reports in February 2019. Throughout February 2019, R5 reports indicating January usage of e-resources will be collected and loaded into the portal for participating libraries. However, provision of COUNTER usage reports via JUSP is dependent on publishers moving to R5 of the standard and making compliant reports available. Should a publisher transition to R5 later than February, Jisc will harvest usage data to the start of 2019 once data is available.

March 2019: portal and data

Through its portal, JUSP will offer functionality to view COUNTER R5 usage reports from March 2019. JUSP participating libraries will be able to access both R4 and R5 usage reports. The screenshot below provides an indication of the interface currently in development, although this may be subject to minor change.

New portal

Throughout 2019: training and support

Support for libraries wishing to understand more about R5 reports and JUSP's R5 service will be delivered via a webinar and through documentation available via the website from early 2019 and throughout the year.

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