Elsevier now participating in the Jisc Journal Usage Statistics Portal

The JUSP consortium is delighted to announce that Elsevier has confirmed its participation in the Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP).

"The Journal Usage Statistics Portal will help inform digital management decisions, and we're pleased to have the opportunity to help make the process of journal usage analysis and evaluation quicker, easier and more transparent. This fits completely in our philosophy of partnerships with customers and our mission statement" says Jay Katzen, Managing Director of Elsevier's Academic and Government Markets. "JUSP has been a leader in this area, and we're pleased to partner in the development of the portal."

The Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) is a new service, built in response to demand from the UK HE community. 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, and COUNTER compliant data is vital in making such a case. However, obtaining and analysing COUNTER compliant data can be extremely labour intensive with each library having to visit each publisher's website and download their COUNTER Compliant statistics. They then need to collate the datasets and analyse them.

The Portal provides a single point of access for usage statistics, meaning that each University can quickly and easily compare usage across various publishers, years and NESLi journals. This free service provides UK Universities with empirical evidence to inform the management and procurement of e-journals.

The Portal uses the SUSHI (Standardised Usage Harvesting Initiative) protocol to collect the COUNTER compliant statistics, which are then displayed to each institution in an easy to read way. The portal provides tools to aid fast analysis and makes it possible for libraries to compare their usage of different NESLi2 publisher deals, to look at trends over time and to complete their annual SCONUL returns from NESLi2 publishers. The Portal will also enable benchmarking. Institutions will be able to compare their own usage with that of other anonymised institutions in the same Jisc Band, or with a similar FTE. Institutions will use this information to plan developments in their library systems that will aid resource discovery and increase usage.

About JUSP

The JUSP project includes Jisc Collections, Mimas at the University of Manchester, Evidence Base at Birmingham City University and Cranfield University. 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

About NESLi2

NESLi is the national initiative for licensing online journals on behalf of the higher and further education and research communities in the UK. NESLi2 was established in 2004 as a successor to earlier consortial initiatives that emerged with the arrival of online journals in the mid-1990s. The content from 17 leading scholarly publishers is covered by NESLi2 agreements which typically span 1-3 years in duration and over 7,000 online journals are available to authorised users. Financial savings on the content purchased, as a result of focused negotiations by our staff, amounted to £13.5 million in 2010 and we estimate that NESLi2 has saved the community over £40 million since its inception in 2004. The content itself is made accessible directly from publishers' bespoke web platforms.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).