Platforms in COUNTER reports

COUNTER reports for SpringerLink, nature.com, SpringerMaterial, AdisInsight, Nano and Scientific American can all be downloaded from the Usage page on the Librarian Portal.

SpringerLink details 

SpringerLink COUNTER release 5 data for January 2019 to May 2019 does not report all investigation activities. For this period only requests and denials (Metric_Type No_License) are included in the investigation counts.

The SpringerLink Platform Report contains data for the Metric_Type searches_platform from July 2020 onwards.

 

SpringerLink COUNTER release 4 data for January 2013 to July 2019 reports higher than actual usage. An issue related to “double-click filtering” caused the disparity. Double-click filtering is the process that ensures that we only count each person’s activity once within a defined time period. Double-click filtering for HTML views was done for a 10 second period, as defined in the initial release 4 Code of Practice (“CoP”). In 2013 the CoP was updated to increase the length to 30 seconds, but we were only made aware of this change in 2019. This caused counts to be higher than they should have been.

 

SpringerLink COUNTER release 4 data up until February 2020 reports higher than actual usage for conference proceedings with between 100 and 200 chapters. These large proceedings were reported as 100 chapters in the BR2 report. The correct cap of 200 chapters per book has been used since February 2020.
nature.com details 

nature.com COUNTER release 5 data does not report all investigation activities. Only requests and denials (Metric_Type No_License) are included in the investigation counts.

The nature.com Platform Report contains data for the Metric_Type searches_platform from July 2020 onwards.

 

nature.com COUNTER release 4 data for September 2018 to December 2019 reports lower or higher than actual usage. Two issues related to “double-click filtering” caused disparity, and one migration issue. Double-click filtering is the process that ensures that we only count each person’s activity once within a defined time period.

1.  Double-click filtering for HTML views was done for a 10 second period, as defined in the initial release 4 Code of Practice (“CoP”). In 2013 the CoP was updated to increase the length to 30 seconds, but we were only made aware of this change in 2019. This caused counts to be higher than they should have been. The problem was fixed in July 2019.

2.  Double-click filtering was done on the journal level but should have been done on the article level. This caused counts to be lower than they should have been. The problem was fixed in August 2019.

3.  As part of the migration from Nature Publishing Group (“NPG”) to Springer Nature we used a list of IP-addresses to aggregate usage from former NPG accounts. However, over time the IP address list got outdated. Usage and denials were therefore partially mis-attributed up until December 2019.

The correct counts, not affected by the issues above, are available as COUNTER release 5 data from June 2019


nature.com COUNTER release 4 JR5 report from January 2016 to August 2018 is available only as three aggregates: January to December 2016, January to December 2017, and January to August 2018. From September 2018 onwards the data is available on a monthly basis.

Scientific American details 

Scientific American usage data is available as a standalone platform from March 2019. Previous to March 2019 the usage is reported as a title on the nature.com platform.


Scientific American COUNTER release 4 data for March 2019 to December 2019 reports lower or higher than actual usage. Two issues related to “double-click filtering” caused disparity, and one migration issue. Double-click filtering is the process that ensures that we only count each person’s activity once within a defined time period.

1. Double-click filtering for HTML views was done for a 10 second period, as defined in the initial release 4 Code of Practice (“CoP”). In 2013 the CoP was updated to increase the length to 30 seconds, but we were only made aware of this change in 2019. This caused counts to be higher than they should have been. The problem was fixed in July 2019.

2. Double-click filtering was done on the journal level but should have been done on the article level. This caused counts to be lower than they should have been. The problem was fixed in August 2019.

3. As part of the migration from Nature Publishing Group (“NPG”) to Springer Nature we used a list of IP-addresses to aggregate usage from former NPG accounts. However, over time the IP address list got outdated. Usage and denials were  therefore partially mis-attributed up until December 2019.

BMC and SpringerOpen details 

Usage reports for content on BMC and SpringerOpen can be downloaded from the BMC Member Admin Portal.

SpringerProtocols details 

For COUNTER release 4 reports you have two options to obtain usage for Springer Protocols on SpringerLink:

  1. SpringerProtocols specific reports:
    • COUNTER release 4 BR2: Springer Protocols book chapter downloads by month
    • COUNTER release 4 BR3: Springer Protocols book chapter denials by month

      Please note the data for these reports is only available from April 2017 onwards. However, we can provide full 2017 reports on request. Please email experiments@springernature.com if you have any requests for full reports or if you have questions about this reports’ format.
  2. The standard COUNTER release 4 Book Reports BR2 and BR3 for downloads and denials include Springer Protocols titles. If you use this report you need to filter for the ISBNs belonging to SpringerProtocols titles as they are not otherwise identified. A complete list of SpringerProtocols titles can be looked up with our MARC records tool found here: https://adminportal.springernature.com/metadata/books. You will see an option for SpringerProtocols in the Languages and Collection section. The source title list for SpringerProtocols can be found on the SpringerProtocols librarian webpage on SpringerNature.com

 

Please note that usage reporting on SpringerLink only includes usage for that platform. If you need reports for SpringerProtocols.com usage up until that platform’s deactivation (25th July 2018), please contact us at experiments@springernature.com.
SpringerReference details 

SpringerReference usage is included in the COUNTER release 5 Book Requests report TR_B1 and in the COUNTER release 4 Book Report BR2. You will need to filter for ISBNs of SpringerReference titles. A complete list of SpringerReference titles is available in a file called “Complete Reference Works” on the Metadata Downloader KBART page

Meta-Press details

Historical usage reports from the Meta-Press platform are available via online service

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