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COUNTER Release 2 Compliance Realized by Elsevier
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- Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 20:04:02 EST
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The following may be of interest to readers of this list. Please excuse any duplication. Regards, Daviess Menefee Library Relations Elsevier COUNTER Release 2 Compliance Realized by Elsevier: ScienceDirect(r) and Scopus(r) Usage Reports Now Release 2 Compliant Amsterdam, March 21, 2006 - Elsevier, a leading publisher of science, technical and medical information products and services, is pleased to announce that all ScienceDirect(r) and Scopus(r) Usage Reports are now fully compliant with Release 2 of the international COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases. Elsevier initially became COUNTER compliant in November 2003, and is now one of the first publishers to achieve Release 2 compliance. The COUNTER Code of Practice is supported by a global organization of librarians, publishers and their professional organizations, and promotes credible, consistent, and compatible measurement of usage data from online information resources around the world. COUNTER-compliant usage reports are available for librarian administrators at all subscribing institutions and consortia, as well as for those customers requesting departmental reports. In order to allow librarians to fully benefit from the upgraded COUNTER Code of Practice, Elsevier has incorporated new fields and features directly into ScienceDirect(r) and Scopus(r) Usage Reports. New usage fields (updated retrospectively for 2005 and 2006) include: year-to-date totals for PDF and HTML formats of all Full Text Articles per Journal; the name of the e-journal platform, the publisher of each full text article; as well as a new export option which generates a COUNTER Release 2 compliant report in comma-separated format. In addition to the COUNTER compliant reports, Elsevier provides librarians with a series of innovative and informative usage overviews. For ScienceDirect these include usage by entitlement and article format; full text usage of book series, handbooks and major reference works; an overview of external sites referring users to full text articles on ScienceDirect; and finally, reports on the active user base and user sessions. Scopus offers a general overview of users, searches and abstracts viewed with detailed reports on the types of search used, and finally, reports on inward, outward and reference link usage. Peter Shepherd, COUNTER Project Director, said: "We are delighted that Elsevier is now providing usage reports that comply with Release 2 of the COUNTER Code of Practice, for both ScienceDirect and Scopus. Elsevier has been a founding member of COUNTER since the initiative was launched in 2002. The number of full text journals with Release 2- compliant usage reports will now increase by some 1,800 titles. Indeed, the fact that Scopus usage reports have also been updated is a major boost to COUNTER's goals, not to mention a further indication of Elsevier's commitment to improving industry standards for online usage data. We have no doubt that this is an important service for librarians in their work." Frank Vrancken Peeters, Managing Director, Academic & Government, Science & Technology, Elsevier said: "COUNTER participation-and our compliance with the Release 2 Code of Practice-has helped us to better understand and meet librarian information needs. COUNTER not only provides librarians with usage data in a way that is most meaningful to them, but it gives us the information we need to continuously improve our products. This comes down to shared knowledge and better customer service." ####
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