Usus : a community website on usage

Journals Coordination Scheme statistics

The Journals Coordination Scheme of the University maintains a page of our journal usage statistics here for consultation and decision-making by librarians.  (Access is limited to users within Cambridge University or authenticated Raven login by library staff.)  We have maintained this page now for some years and usage data goes back to 2004.

Most of the statistics are COUNTER-compliant.  Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative designed to serve librarians, publishers and intermediaries by facilitating the recording and exchange of online usage statistics. COUNTER provides a code of practice that allows the usage of online information resources to be measured in a credible, consistent and compatible way using vendor-generated data .

To help librarians navigate the world of usage statistics a new website has recently been launched :

Announcing Usus – a community website on usage

Usus (Latin for usage) is a new, independent, community-run website ( for all those interested in the usage of online content. It is designed to support a productive conversation among librarians, publishers, aggregators, and repository managers so that we can all get the best possible usage reports for our electronic resources.

The Usus website provides:

  • A  forum for community discussion on issues relating to the COUNTER usage reports, as well as wider usage issues
  • A place for COUNTER (and SUSHI) to solicit feedback on future plans and ideas
  • A collection point for suggestions for new COUNTER usage reports and metrics
  • A source of  hints and tips on solving known problems
  • A list of vendors/reports with problems that are affecting the credibility and or usefulness of the COUNTER reports.
  • Links to other usage resources

Thank you to Project COUNTER for the financial support needed to get Usus off the ground.

COUNTER has also offered to provide a travel award worth £1,000/$1,500 to a librarian who contributes the best opinion piece for the News & Opinions section of the Usus site. The award can be used to travel to the Charleston Conference, UKSG Conference, or Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference. Please send your submissions of 1,000 words or less to by December 31, 2014.

For more information, please contact Usus at:


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