World's first science journal to appear in JUSP, as The Royal Society becomes latest publisher to participate

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

The Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) is a 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. The Portal provides a single point of access for journal usage statistics. JUSP initially focused on NESLi2 publishers but its remit has since been extended to include a wider range of publishers whose content is important to researchers in the UK's higher education community. The Portal uses the SUSHI (Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol to collect the COUNTER compliant statistics, which are then displayed to each institution in an easy to read way.

Dr Stuart Taylor, Commercial Director, the Royal Society said:
"We are delighted to be participating in this initiative by making our journals available in JUSP. We look forward to working with the JUSP Consortium to provide UK Higher Education with a far more efficient method for collection and assessment of journal article usage."

About JUSP

The JUSP service is being developed by Jisc Collections, Mimas at the University of Manchester, Evidence Base at Birmingham City University and Cranfield University. JUSP is supported by Jisc. For more information about the project please visit the project website or contact Jo Lambert at

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 the Royal Society

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world's most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society's fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society's strategic priorities emphasise its commitment to the highest quality science, to curiosity-driven research, and to the development and use of science for the benefit of society. These priorities are: