JUSP hits 100!

The JUSP consortium is pleased to announce that 100 libraries are now participating in the Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP).

At a time of economic constraint, it is essential that libraries can evaluate usage, and make a compelling case about the value of journal subscriptions. COUNTER compliant data is vital in providing UK Universities with empirical evidence to inform the management and procurement of e-journals. However, obtaining and analyzing usage data can be extremely labour intensive with each library having to visit each publisher's website and download their own statistics. The JUSP Portal provides a single point of access for usage statistics, meaning that users can easily and quickly compare usage across various publishers, subscription or academic years and journal titles. The Portal uses the SUSHI (Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol to collect COUNTER compliant statistics.

When asked to describe what they liked about JUSP, participating libraries said:

"Congratulations to the JUSP team on reaching their own statistical milestone. JUSP has quickly matured into a highly valued service largely due to the team's skill in solving problems (SUSHI protocols!), and presenting complex data within a clear and well-structured user interface. Evidence-based library decisions rely on the timely analysis of usage statistics. The JUSP portal provides a dedicated focus for UK academic libraries to download and manipulate their COUNTER data:

Cliff Spencer, Newcastle University

"The project as I see it is very dynamic which I think mirrors the nature of electronic resource provision generally. I also feel that the project has a real community feel to it, in that it actively responds to user input and I think it is a really good example of collaborative working - something we should be striving towards to avoid us needing to reinvent the wheel! I think the team has worked very well with libraries in seeking their input."
Sarah Weston, University of Portsmouth

"The more publishers you can get on board the better! Thanks for all your efforts so far, the JUSP portal is already proving to be invaluable to us."
Kate Newell, University of Exeter

About JUSP

A consortium including JISC Collections, Mimas at the University of Manchester, Evidence Base at Birmingham City University and Cranfield University has developed JUSP, a JISC funded service. For more information about the project please visit the project website http://jusp.jisc.ac.uk/ or contact Jo Lambert Jo.Lambert@manchester.ac.uk

If you are an UK University and would like to participate in the Project please complete two copies of the Library Participation Agreement http://jusp.jisc.ac.uk/docs/libraryagreement.doc and return to Anna Vernon at the address below.

If you are a publisher or intermediary and are interested in participating please contact Anna Vernon, details below.

Anna Vernon
Licensing Manager
JISC Collections
Brettenham House
5 Lancaster Place

Tel: (0)203 006 6008