Usage reports

Usage metrics can be used alongside other indicators to understand the value of digital resources. Elsevier supplies customers with usage reports for most of their products. Several of Elsevier’s products supply customers with COUNTER-compliant usage reports.

Usage reports for ScienceDirect, Scopus and Engineering Village can be accessed via the AdminTool.

To request administrator rights or to identify your administrator(s) please follow the directions here.

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Institutional insights dashboard

Elsevier Product Insights for Customers (E-PIC)   offers you a free and unique view on your institution's engagement with research content and tools. The dashboard can also help you explore gaps in your portfolio, gain information to promote adoption of tools and find out where your institution is trending.

The E-PIC dashboard can be accessed by administrative account holders using their normal Admin Tool login details. Watch this  video tutorial on how to sign up.

If you have questions or need technical support for E-PIC, please visit the support hub here.

COUNTER reports

COUNTER is an international initiative serving librarians, publishers and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible and comparable way. Elsevier is an active participant in COUNTER.

COUNTER offers reports in different categories; Elsevier offers a subset of COUNTER reports which are listed below. Different products offer different reports; for details please refer to the product section on this page.

COUNTER Code of Practice, Release 5

COUNTER Code of Practice, Release 5 (COP5) is an initiative that Elsevier has partnered on with COUNTER, alongside other publishers, librarians and vendors, to improve the clarity, consistency and comparability of usage reporting.

Elsevier has been working hard to implement the reporting changes under COP5, and they are available in your customer reports from January 2019. Please visit this page for information on frequently asked questions.

You can access detailed information and helpful guides on the Counter COP5 metrics by visiting the COUNTER website. COUNTER has also published some friendly user guides.

Title reports

  • TR – Title Master Report
  • TR_J1 – Journal Requests (Excluding OA_Gold)
  • TR_J2 – Journal Access Denied
  • TR_J3 – Journal Usage by Access Type
  • TR_J4 – Journal Requests by YOP (Excluding OA_Gold)
  • TR_B1 – Book Requests (Excluding OA_Gold)
  • TR_B2 – Book Access Denied
  • TR_B3 – Book Usage by Access Type

Platform reports

  • PR – Platform Master Report
  • PR_P1 – Platform Usage

Database report

  • DR – Database Master Report
  • DR_D1 – Database Search and Item Usage



SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) is an automated data exchange protocol and has been established as ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2014 standard for API support of COUNTER compliant usage statistics. Elsevier supports reports  for ScienceDirect, Scopus and Engineering Village.

To activate SUSHI services and reports from Elsevier, please complete the application form (DOCX, 0.09 MB). Elsevier currently supports COP4 and COP5 compliant SUSHI.

SUSHI COP4 provides Soap/XML API support for COUNTER COP4 usage statistics and reports. Please refer to the COP4 User guide for SUSHI (PDF, 3.85 MB) for more information about this version.

SUSHI COP5 API provides restful API support in JSON format for COUNTER COP5 usage statistics and reports. For COUNTER specific information, please refer to the section about COP5 SUSHI on the COUNTER website. Interactive examples of the SUSHI COP5 API and supported methods can be found on COUNTER_SUSHI5_0 API swagger web page.

The SUSHI section on the Elsevier Developers page provides more specific information about Elsevier SUSHI COP5 and how to obtain Elsevier SUSHI COP5 support.

ScienceDirect reports

ScienceDirect offers COUNTER-compliant reports  on content use. These reports include all available title reports: TR, TR_J1-TR_J4, TR_B1-TR_B3. In addition, the platform reports PR and PR_P1 are supplied. With a license to ScienceDirect, users are also able to access the full text of their entitled journals via journal branded websites (e.g., and through APIs. Usage via these routes is included in the reports as the platform ScienceDirect licensed content.

In addition to the COUNTER compliant reports, ScienceDirect offers supplementary reports providing additional insights.

ScienceDirect COUNTER and supplementary report descriptions and information (PDF, 1.45 MB)

Scopus reports

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Scopus offers the COUNTER-compliant usage reports PR, PR_P1, DR and DR_D1 as well as additional usage reports that show insights on  usage of specific product features.

Scopus COUNTER and non-COUNTER report descriptions and information (PDF, 1.46 MB)

Engineering Village reports

Engineering Village takes engineering research to the next level with a comprehensive database that includes the most authoritative engineering resources available to answer today’s most timely questions—from theoretical to applied, and basic to complex.

Engineering Village offers the COUNTER-complaint usage reports PR, PR_P1, DR and DR_D1 as well as additional usage reports that show insights on the usage of specific product features.

Engineering Village COUNTER and supplementary report descriptions and information (PDF, 1.03 MB)


For more information on how to access usage reports via the AdminTool, please visit

For more detailed support, please read this guide (PDF, 1.45 MB)