COUNTER Release 2 Compliance Realized by Elsevier

Amsterdam, March 21, 2006 – Elsevier, a leading publisher of science, technical and medical information products and services, is pleased to announce that all ScienceDirect® and Scopus® Usage Reports are now fully compliant with Release 2 of the international COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases. Elsevier initially became COUNTER compliant in November 2003, and is now one of the first publishers to achieve Release 2 compliance. The COUNTER Code of Practice is supported by a global organization of librarians, publishers and their professional organizations, and promotes credible, consistent, and compatible measurement of usage data from online information resources around the world.

COUNTER-compliant usage reports are available for librarian administrators at all subscribing institutions and consortia, as well as for those customers requesting departmental reports. In order to allow librarians to fully benefit from the upgraded COUNTER Code of Practice, Elsevier has incorporated new fields and features directly into ScienceDirect® and Scopus® Usage Reports. New usage fields (updated retrospectively for 2005 and 2006) include: year-to-date totals for PDF and HTML formats of all Full Text Articles per Journal; the name of the e-journal platform, the publisher of each full text article; as well as a new export option which generates a COUNTER Release 2 compliant report in comma-separated format.

In addition to the COUNTER Release 2 compliance, Elsevier has also provided librarians with a series of innovative usage reports. For ScienceDirect these include usage by entitlement and article format; full text usage of book series, handbooks and major reference works; an overview of external sites referring users to full text articles on ScienceDirect; and finally, reports on the active user base and user sessions. Scopus offers a general overview of users, searches and abstracts viewed with detailed reports on the types of search used, and finally, reports on inward, outward and reference link usage.

Peter Shepherd, COUNTER Project Director, said: “We are delighted that Elsevier is now providing usage reports that comply with Release 2 of the COUNTER Code of Practice, for both ScienceDirect and Scopus. Elsevier has been a founding member of COUNTER since the initiative was launched in 2002. The number of full text journals with Release 2- compliant usage reports will now increase by some 1,800 titles. Indeed, the fact that Scopus usage reports have also been updated is a major boost to COUNTER's goals, not to mention a further indication of Elsevier’s commitment to improving industry standards for online usage data. We have no doubt that this is an important service for librarians in their work."

Frank Vrancken Peeters, Managing Director, Academic & Government, Science & Technology, Elsevier said: “COUNTER participation—and our compliance with the Release 2 Code of Practice—has helped us to better understand and meet librarian information needs. COUNTER not only provides librarians with usage data in a way that is most meaningful to them, but it gives us the information we need to continuously improve our products. This comes down to shared knowledge and better customer service.”


COUNTER (counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is a multi-agency, not-for-profit organization whose objective is to develop and maintain a single, internationally accepted, extendible Code of Practice that allows the usage of online information products and services to be measured more consistently. The definitive Register of COUNTER-compliant vendors is available at the COUNTER website ( Only vendors and usage reports included on this list should be regarded as being COUNTER compliant.

About ScienceDirect
Over a quarter of the world’s full text scientific, technical and medical (STM) articles – managed by renowned editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the globe – are available in one place: ScienceDirect ( Elsevier’s extensive and unique full text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature including high impact factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Over 7 million articles are available online, including Articles in Press which offer rapid access to recently accepted manuscripts.

The critical mass of information available on ScienceDirect is unsurpassed. Coverage includes over 1,800 journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 350 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program of online major reference works and book series in all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journal articles.

About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest and easiest to use navigation tool ever built. Scopus is designed and developed with over 300 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 titles from 4,000 different publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web & patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit

Peter Shepherd
COUNTER Project Director

Marthyn Borghuis
ScienceDirect & Scopus Usage Research
Phone: +31 20 485 2479

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.