COUNTER is an independent cross-publisher code of practice for reporting the usage of online resources. Complete documentation is available on the COUNTER website.
We provide usage data in the release 5.0.2 format and will continue to generate usage data in this release at least until March 2025. We will provide data in release 5.1 format from late 2024.
Downloading and harvesting
Available views and date ranges
We have usage data in COUNTER 5 format available from January 2016 onwards. However, the metrics that are available for each platform varies by time period. Our plan is to not supply Item Master Reports.
C5 data audited
The Title Master Report for journals and eBooks on nature.com and SpringerLink are successfully audited as being COUNTER release 5.0.2 compliant. To check the status of our compliance, visit the Counter Registry.
Supported file formats for reports
CSV, TSV and JSON.
Limits for number of months included in one report
There are no limitations. Be aware though, that the files can get quite big if you add several months.