Scitation Usage Report Service Now COUNTER Compliant
MELVILLE, NEW YORK, MAY 10, 2005 — The American Institute of Physics is pleased to announce that its Scitation Usage Report Service (SURS) (www.scitationreports.org) is now fully COUNTER compliant. This means that all processing and reporting of usage data conform to the Code of Practice developed by Project COUNTER, an industry initiative that provides guidelines for the measurement, creation, and distribution of online usage reports to institutional subscribers.
COUNTER-compliant reports are now available for January through March 2005. All registered users will be notified each month as new reports are published; it is no longer necessary for users to specify the start and end date of each report. Usage data for each month will be available in every report, and a running total for the year will be provided. In addition, subscribers will be able to download reports in a variety of file formats.
Subscribers who already have a username and password to the Scitation Usage Report Service (formerly called the Scitation Usage Statistics Service) may use the same login to access the new service. Subscribers who have not registered will soon receive an invitation to do so, complete with instructions.
The COUNTER-defined reports below are available for each subscribing institution, as well as for multi-site and consortia administrators. This marks the first time that consortia administrators will have direct access to this data.
- Number of Successful Full-Text Article Requests by Month and Journal
- Number of Successful Item Requests and Turnaways
- Total Searches Run by Month and Service
- Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Database
- Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Service
“AIP has provided usage data to libraries for years," said Douglas LaFrenier, AIP Senior Director for Sales & Marketing. "With the American Physical Society, we developed a usage service that several Scitation publishers have used to deliver data to libraries. However, our service always carried a warning about the inconsistency of publishers’ data on different hosting services. So we are very satisfied with COUNTER standards – and pleased that we are now fully COUNTER-compliant.”
COUNTER-compliant usage data is currently provided for journals published by:
- American Association of Physics Teachers
- American Institute of Physics
- American Physical Society
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- ASME International
- SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering
Also, for the first time, the following Scitation-hosted publishers are making their usage data available to all subscribers:
- American Association of Physicists in Medicine
- The Society of Rheology
“AIP showed its commitment to usage standards by becoming a Founding Member of Project COUNTER,” said Peter Shepherd, COUNTER Project Director. “So we welcome the fact that AIP is now officially COUNTER-compliant, and that it is able to assist many of the science and engineering societies on its Scitation platform to also comply with the standards we’ve drawn up.”
Scitation is a division of the American Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit corporation chartered in 1931 to provide publishing and distribution services for scientific and technical societies. In addition to its own publications, AIP’s Scitation online platform hosts content from many of the world’s leading STM publishers including: American Physical Society, AVS Science & Technology Society, Acoustical Society of America, Society of Rheology, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American Association of Physics Teachers, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASME International, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, The Electrochemical Society, IS&T – The Society for Imaging Science & Technology, Laser Institute of America, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Russian Academy of Sciences, and SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering.
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