Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Usage Report



What is COUNTER?

"The use of online information resources is growing rapidly. It is widely agreed by producers and purchasers of information that the use of these resources should be measured in a more consistent way. Librarians want to understand better how the information they buy from a variety of sources is being used; publishers want to know how the information products they disseminate are being accessed. An essential requirement to meet these objectives is an agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data. The COUNTER Codes of Practice provide these standards and protocols and are published in full on the following website" -

What are the features associated with COUNTER Release 3?

  • Further improvements to the reliability of the COUNTER usage reports
  • Mitigates the potential inflationary effects on usage statistics of federated and automated search engines, internet robots, crawlers, etc.
  • Provides tools that will facilitate the consolidation, management and analysis of the COUNTER usage statistics
  • Improved COUNTER usage reports for library consortia
  • Improved reporting for journal archives

What is SUSHI and how does it relate to COUNTER Release 3?

  • The SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol has been incorporated into the COUNTER Code of Practice
  • SUSHI has been developed by NISO (National Information Standards Organizations) in cooperation with COUNTER
  • SUSHI allows for the automated retrieval of the COUNTER usage reports into local systems, making the harvesting and aggregating of usage reports much less time consuming for the librarian or library consortium administrator
  • Several SUSHI client tools are currently available through various vendors
  • For more information or assistance with taking advantage of this new service, please contact the publisher at

Usage Reports

Journal Usage
JR1 - Number of Successful Full-Text Article Requests by Month and Journal:
Article downloads on the Scitation platform

Database Usage
DB1 - Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Database: Searches and sessions on the Scitation platform using the SPIN Database.

Report Formats

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) - The coded format language used for creating hypertext documents on the World Wide Web and controlling how Web pages appear.

PDF - A file format created by Adobe, initially to provide a standard form for storing and editing printed publishable documents. Because documents in .pdf format can easily be seen and printed by users on a variety of computer and platform types, they are very common on the World Wide Web. To view files of this type, download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe's Web site -

CSV (Comma Separated Variable) - The simplest form of file for holding scientific, or other, data. Data is listed in columns in a text file, each value being separated by a comma. Each new line represents a new set of data.

XLS - Excel format spreadsheet

XML (Extensible Markup Language) - A text format designed for ease of implementation and for interoperability with both SGML and HTML. The XML format will make it easier for customers to manipulate and merge the reports from different vendors.

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