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Usage statistics for collection management

Usage statistics for collection management

The work of JUSP

Angela Conyers

Evidence Base, Birmingham City University

[email protected]

Why count
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
What does it all mean?

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

The Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP)


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

150 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

What reports do we offer?

Some examples:

Monthly reports of usage

Compare usage of different publishers

Titles with the highest use

Trends over time

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

Next steps
Next steps

More content?

  • E-books

  • Databases

    More of interest for the FE library community?


Email: [email protected]