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JUSP Utilising usage data to assist in decision-making

Angela Conyers

Evidence Base, Research & Evaluation

Birmingham City University


Some memorable events


International Year of Statistics

“Statistics can be used to help make well-informed choices, take sound decisions and understand the society and the world we live in”

Chris Skinner, Professor of Statistics, LSE

Why count?

Usage statistics provide essential evidence:

to show how e-resources are being used

to look at trends over time

to inform renewal/cancellation decisions

to demonstrate value for money

What does it all mean?

How to use the figures to analyse usage and show value for money

[email protected]

Background and aims

Supports UK academic libraries by providing a single point of access to e-journal usage data

Assists management of e-journals collections, evaluation and decision-making

Provides statistics to ensure the best deals for the academic community


Libraries in JUSP

151 UK libraries in JUSP

All UK higher education institutions and research councils are welcome to participate



Publishers and intermediaries in JUSP

  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • American Diabetes Association (ADA)

  • American Institute of Physics (AIP)

  • Annual Reviews

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

  • American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

  • Berg Publishers

  • BioOne


  • British Medical Journal Publishing Group (BMJ)

  • Cambridge University Press (CUP)

  • Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

  • Duke University Press

  • Edinburgh University Press (EUP)

  • Elsevier

  • Emerald

  • European Respiratory Society

  • Future Medicine Ltd

  • Geological Society of America

  • IEEE

  • IOP Publishing

  • IOS Press

  • Irish Newspaper Archive

  • JSAD - Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs


  • Liverpool University Press (LUP)

  • Nature Publishing Group (NPG)

  • Oxford University Press (OUP)

  • Project MUSE

  • Royal College of Psychiatrists

  • Royal Society

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

  • Royal Society of Medicine

  • SAGE

  • Society for General Microbiology

  • Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

  • Springer

  • Taylor & Francis

  • Wiley-Blackwell

    3 intermediaries

  • EbscoEJS

  • Publishing Technology (ingentaconnect)

  • Swets

What data are we collecting?

COUNTER usage reports


Journal Report 1: Number of Successful Full-Text Article Requests by Month and Journal


Journal Report 1a: Number of Successful Full-Text Article Requests from an Archive by Month and Journal


How do we collect data?

Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI)

M2M way of gathering statistics

Replaces the user-mediated collection of usage reports

SUSHI server to gather data from JUSP


Collecting the evidence

  • Have you got all the information you need?

  • Is it complete?

  • Is it too much?

Have you got all the information you need?JR1 and JR1A reports

Is it complete?Adding intermediaries

Is it too much?Subtracting the backfiles

Usage data for decision- making

Some JUSP reports:

  • SCONUL returns

  • Trends over time

  • Titles with the highest use

  • Titles and deals

SCONUL returns

Trends over time

Titles with the highest use-all publishers

What’s the deal?

  • What titles are in the deal?

  • Comparing deals

  • Looking at deals over time

  • Usage of titles and deals

Viewing usage of titles and deals

Usage ranges showing nil use

Core or subscribed titles

Mark these up in JUSP:

  • To view value of a deal:

    How much use is being made of the core titles?

    How much use is being made of the unsubscribed titles included in the deal?

  • To review usage with schools/faculties

  • To consider possible cancellations/substitutions where these are allowed.

Titles with the highest usewhich are core titles?

Adding cost or subject data to JUSP reports

Most JUSP reports can be downloaded:

  • Add costs to the ‘annual summary of publisher use’ to compare costs per download

  • Core titles cost more: sort reports by ‘core’ and ‘non-core’ titles to compare costs of each

  • Add your subject categories or fund codes to core or subscribed titles to report on usage to schools/faculties

Community engagement

Community resource responding to what people want

Working closely with libraries to understand how JUSP is being used and how it can help decision-making

Information sharing and training events

Developing new reports and features from user feedback

Quick response rates encourage active user participation


JUSP Utilising usage data to assist in decision-making

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