News and ActivitiesLast updated: April 2013
Making COUNTER more accessible for smaller publishers
With over 130 vendors providing COUNTER-compliant usage reports, and more than 70 vendor members, COUNTER enjoys widespread support among publishers. We would like to extend the reach of COUNTER still further, and have launched two new initiatives to make it easier for smaller publishers to become not only COUNTER members, but also to become COUNTER compliant. These are first, the new Smaller Publisher COUNTER member price, and second, financial support towards the cost of the COUNTER audit for smaller, not-for-profit publishers.
New Smaller Publisher COUNTER member price
From 2011, publishers with annual revenues of less than £6.5 million/US$10 million will be able to become full members of COUNTER for an annual fee of £360/US$540, a 35% reduction on the standard vendor member price. Further information on this price, together with an online membership application form, may be found on the COUNTER website. at: http://www.projectcounter.org
Financial support for the COUNTER audit
Not-for-profit publishers who are COUNTER members and who also meet the Smaller Publisher member criteria may be eligible for a financial subsidy of £1,000/US$1,500 from COUNTER towards the cost of their first annual COUNTER audit. Contact COUNTER for details pshepherd@projectCounter.org
Forthcoming Events: -
COUNTER/UKSG Usage Statistics Training Seminars
These one-day seminars are designed to provide library staff with a practical, hands-on introduction to usage statistics as a mangement tool. Since the programme commenced in 2005, a number of successful seminars have been held in the UK, USA and Ireland.The seminars are organized by the UK Serials Group and further information about them may be found on the UKSG website at (http://www.uksg.org/events)
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COUNTER is an active participant in research projects whose objectives are either to improve the quality of online usage statistics or to increase the relevance of usage data in the wider world of scholarly metrics. Below are listed research projects in which COUNTER is currently involved, together with links to further information on these projects.
PIRUS2: Publisher and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics
PIRUS 2, supported by JISC, the United Kingdom Joint Information Systems Committee, is a co-operative project involving publishers and repositories, which will develop a set of standards, protocols and processes to enable publishers, repositories and other organizations to generate and share authoritative, trustworthy usage statistics for the individual articles and other items that they host.
PIRUS 2 builds on the standards already established by COUNTER and on the results of the original PIRUS project, which demonstrated that it is technically feasible to create record and consolidate usage statistics for individual articles using data from repositories and publishers, despite the diversity of organizational and technical environments in which they operate.
The PIRUS2 project was completed in May 2011, and the full report is available here .
Articles and Presentations
Invitation to Institutions in Germany to become COUNTER Members
COUNTER would very much welcome new members from Germany. This letter is an invitation to membership, and highlights the benefits of being a member of COUNTER.Letter to institutions in Germany