COUNTER Release 5

Scholarly iQ is pleased to be supporting publishers and librarians with the latest COUNTER Release 5 standard.

This release of the COUNTER Code of Practice is designed to balance changing reporting needs with the goal of simplification so that all content providers can achieve compliance and librarians can have usage statistics that are credible, consistent and comparable. The Code of Practice requires content providers to deliver Release 5 reports starting with January 2019 usage.

Consistency in report formats

Release 5 consists of four Master Reports. Each of the Master Reports is associated with several pre-set filtered Standard Views, but can also be examined from different viewpoints to suit the needs of the person working with the report. Librarians will be able to use Master Report to customize their analysis to meet their specific reporting need.

Flexibility is built into Release 5 with the introduction of attributes, pieces of information which can be associated with multiple metrics. Providing information about matters such as year of publication, access type, and data types means that users can roll up or drill down through reports with ease, eliminating the need for special purpose reports.

Release 5 also introduces new Metric Types which ensure flexibility and depth of reporting.


COUNTER R5 Code of Practice
COUNTER Friendly R5 Guides
COUNTER Foundation Class 1: Metric Types
COUNTER Foundation Class 2: Reports
COUNTER Foundation Class 3: Release 5: Metrics and Reports: Putting it all together
COUNTER Foundation Class 4: Release 5 Attributes, elements and other slightly techy things
COUNTER Foundation Class 5: Book Reports


COUNTER is a non-profit organization supported by a global community of library, publisher and vendor members, who contribute to the development of the Code of Practice through working groups and outreach.

COUNTER provides the Code of Practice that enables publishers and vendors to report usage of their electronic resources in a consistent way. This enables libraries to compare data received from different publishers and vendors.

Libraries spend considerable amounts of money licensing different types of online content to support their user’s needs. Libraries need to assess user activity, in relation to this content, to ensure that this money is spent as productively as possible.

The COUNTER Code of Practice helps librarians demonstrate the value of electronic resources by facilitating the recording and reporting of online resource usage stats in a consistent and credible way.

The implementation of the Code of Practice helps publishers and vendors support their library customers and provide statistics comparable with those of their competitors.