IARLA members, alongside a number of international academic library organisations, have signed an open letter calling for the expedition to Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice.
Release 5 (R5) of the COUNTER Code of Practice, will enable content providers to produce consistent, comparable and credible usage data for online content. This allows librarians and others to compare the usage data they receive, and to understand and demonstrate the value of the electronic resources to which they subscribe.
Release 5 reduces the complexity of the Code of Practice and offers a number of improvements:
- Greater consistency in report layout and between different formats
- More consistency in vocabulary and terminology
- Fewer reports and metric types but greater flexibility to compare and combine
- Flexibility to access standard reports that meet common use cases in addition to reports that can be filtered to meet highly specific use cases