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We were founded in 2003 to resolve a problem: every publishing platform was reporting usage differently.

For 21 years we’ve remained true to our mission to bring the knowledge community together to agree and adopt a global standard for measuring and reporting content usage through normalised metrics.

Over that time the Code has evolved significantly to address the changing nature of digital content and to meet the needs of librarians, consortia, publishers, aggregators and other stakeholders who rely on COUNTER metrics.

We are a not-for-profit organisation financially sustained by our global community of members, including libraries, consortia, publishers, aggregators, and technology providers. Many of our members also help COUNTER through their efforts as volunteers, contributing to our governance, development of the Code of Practice, and our outreach and education activities.

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Our Strategy

Our mission is to bring the knowledge community together to agree and adopt the global standard for measuring and reporting content usage through normalised metrics.

Our People

COUNTER is a community-led organisation, which means that our team is supported by a wonderful group of people who volunteer their time and expertise to keep us on track.

Latest News

11th July 2024

Thank you for feedback on syndicated usage policy

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on our recent policy consultation on syndicated usage.…

8th July 2024

Conference Video: Code of Practice for Research Data

If you’ve heard about the public consultation about merging the Code of Practice for Research…

1st July 2024

COUNTER API (sushi) server for R5.1

The Celus team have updated their demo COUNTER API (sushi) server to support Release 5.1 of the COUNTER Code of Practice.

27th June 2024

Find us at: Make Data Count Summit

Tasha is going to be attending the Make Data Count Summit on the 5th and…

20th June 2024

First COUNTER conference attracts positive feedback

In conference feedback, 86% of respondents rated it very good or excellent, but asked for more introductory topics. We take a look at what you said about the first COUNTER conference.

10th June 2024

Satisfaction survey

Our annual satisfaction survey is now open – please let us know how we’re doing…

7th June 2024

COUNTER Newsletter, June 2024

You might have noticed that the COUNTER team has had a busy few months, with…

30th May 2024

COUNTER Commits to the Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure

COUNTER is a community-led organisation and our Code of Practice is the industry standard for…

27th May 2024

COUNTER Validation Tool: Request for Proposals

Our Validation Tool is an essential service to the community, helping publishers and libraries validate…

23rd May 2024

Annual General Meeting 2024

The Directors’ Reports, including financial accounts, and the draft minutes from our Annual General Meeting…

21st May 2024

Reflections on the first COUNTER conference

Tasha and Siân reflect on our first ever COUNTER Conference, which was held last Thursday.

10th May 2024

Find us at: publisherspeak UK 2024

Tasha is going to be at the publisherspeak UK 2024 conference on the 21st of…

9th May 2024

Consultation: Code of Practice for Research Data

Background The COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data provided a key milestone in data…

2nd May 2024

Policy Consultation: Syndicated Usage

We know that content syndication is becoming ever-more popular, and that means COUNTER needs to…

29th April 2024

Introducing COUNTER Metrics

COUNTER has been around since 2003, and we’ve always been known as Project COUNTER. That’s…

22nd April 2024

Infra Finder: a new hub for open infrastructure and standards

Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) has launched their latest tool, Infra Finder, which is foster…

28th March 2024

Annual General Meeting and COUNTER Conference 2024

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting online on Thursday 16 May 2024 at…

22nd March 2024

COUNTER Newsletter, March 2024

We are nearly three months into 2024 so it is time for another COUNTER newsletter.…

19th January 2024

COUNTER Conference: Call for Speakers

As we shared with you in December, we are running our first ever COUNTER Conference…

7th January 2024

Welcome to Siân Harris

We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Siân Harris on board as our new Communications and Engagement…

14th December 2023

Happy Holidays from COUNTER

It’s December, which means holiday season is upon us, which in turn means the COUNTER…

23rd November 2023

COUNTER Release 5.1: What You Need To Know

If you missed the recent webinar on Release 5.1: what you need to know, don’t…

22nd September 2023

COUNTER Newsletter, September 2023

September always feels like back-to-school season, and in this edition of the COUNTER newsletter I’ve…

5th June 2023

COUNTER Newsletter, June 2023

How is it already June? After the excitement of Release 5.1 going live, and of…

15th May 2023

Annual General Meeting 2023

The Directors’ Reports, including financial accounts, and the draft minutes from our 2023 Annual General…

5th May 2023

Release 5.1 is Live

I’m delighted to let you know that after eighteen months of planning, public consultation, and…

9th March 2023

COUNTER Newsletter, March 2023

It’s been a very busy few months, which means lots of news! You’ll find information…

15th December 2022

COUNTER Newsletter, December 2022

As we close in on the end of 2022, the COUNTER team wishes you all…

19th October 2022

Community Feedback on COUNTER Release 5.1

During summer 2022 we sent out a community consultation for Release 5.1 of the COUNTER…

19th August 2022

COUNTER Newsletter, August 2022

It’s been a while since our last newsletter but the COUNTER team have been beavering…

30th April 2022

Annual General Meeting 2022

The Directors’ Reports, including financial accounts, and the draft minutes from our 2022 Annual General…

7th December 2021

Case study: analysing the ‘Big Deal’ using COUNTER Reports

Expenditure on ‘big deals’ accounts for a large part of library acquisition budgets, and in…

7th November 2021

Case study: the value of COUNTER data to content and platform providers

In this case study, a variety of publishers, aggregators and technology providers share how they…

7th October 2021

Case study: strategic use of COUNTER data

COUNTER usage data is an important tool in a library’s data warehouse, not only in…

7th September 2021

Case study: COUNTER data and big deals at the University of Liverpool

Jeff Woods, Usage Analyst in Libraries, Museums and Galleries at the University of Liverpool, developed…

1st January 2020

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