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Getting Started With COUNTER

On these pages you’ll find the key introductions to all things COUNTER. Whether you’re a report provider (publisher) or a report consumer (librarian), new to COUNTER or an old hand, we’ve got what you need.

For each of the eight topics, we offer a Friendly Guide (with translations!), a one-page Summary designed for those who prefer to print things out, and a video class.

The materials refer to Release 5.1 of the COUNTER Code of Practice, so if you want information about Release 5 you’ll need to scroll down the page to grab Release 5 Friendly Guides, or visit the old media library.


Release 5 Guides

Release 5 of the Code of Practice was published in 2017 with compliance required from January 2019. It remains the current version until December 2024, and can be read in full here. You can download the Friendly Guides from the buttons on the right, or watch the videos on the old media library.

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