What is COUNTER?

Project COUNTER is an industry initiative that provides guidelines for the measurement, creation, and distribution of online usage reports to institutional subscribers. See http://projectcounter.org for more information. The American Psychological Association has made a commitment to provide the COUNTER compliant usage reports to our APA PsycNET subscribers.


What types of COUNTER reports are available?

Each report provides a unique view into the APA PsycNET Usage Statistics Service online usage data and is formatted to the guidelines that COUNTER has provided for Release 4. The following COUNTER-defined reports are available:

Journal Reports
Journal Report 1 (JR1): number of successful full-text article requests by month and journal
Journal Report 1 GOA (JR1 GOA): number of successful gold open access full-text article requests by month and journal
Journal Report 2 (JR2): access denied to full-text articles by month, journal, and category
Journal Report 5 (JR5): number of successful full-text article requests by year of publication and journal

Database Reports
Database Report 1 (DB1): number of total searches, result clicks, and record views by month and database
Platform Report 1 (PR1): number of total searches, result clicks, and record views by month and platform

Book Reports
Book Report 2 (BR2): number of successful section requests (full-text book chapters) by month and title
Book Report 4 (BR4): access denied to content items (full-text book chapters) by month, platform, and category of denied access (e.g., “content item no licensed”)

Other APA Database Reports
Database Downloads 1 (DD1): Total downloads by month for PsycEXTRA, PsycTESTS, and PsycTHERAPY. PsycTESTS includes tests downloaded and supporting documentation. For PsycTHERAPY, each user view of a streaming video is represented as one “download.”

Consortia Reports
Consolidated reports are available for consortia. Consortia administrators can also view and download usage for individual institutional consortia members. Under your consolidated reports, you will find a drop-down list that contains each member of the consortia. To see reports for any given consortia member, just find the institution’s name on the drop down menu and then click “View Individual Institution Report.” When viewing an individual institution’s reports, if you want to return to the consortia reports, click the Back to Consortium button.

What are “result clicks” and “record views”?

“Result clicks” are any actionable click that a user makes within search results

“Record views” are when a user views an abstract, summary, or database record (e.g., PsycINFO record, PsycTESTS record, PsycEXTRA record); also, when a user saves, prints, emails, or exports search result items.

What type of information does APA PsycNET Usage Report Service provide?

The reports defined above detail counts of successful requests made from the IP addresses you provided to APA. The usage data is confined to content related pages including abstracts or summaries, database records, searches, multimedia, turnaways due to not having a subscription, and full-text downloads.

Are reports available for each database: PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, PsycTESTS, and PsycTHERAPY?

Yes, reports are available for all databases licensed through the APA PsycNET platform. See the section above for details about each report.

Are reports available for the APA Books e-Collections?

Yes, data for use of the e-Collections are available in the BR2 report, which shows the number of successful requests, by month and title.

Are reports available for the APA Handbooks?

Yes, data for downloads of the APA Handbooks are available in the BR2 report, which shows the number of successful requests, by month and title.

If my institution has both PsycBOOKS and the APA Books e-Collections, will data be duplicated?

No. Data for document downloads are separate from data for database searches and sessions. Thus, in the BR2 report each chapter download is counted only once, regardless of which database the user found the record in. On the PR1 report, the usage data for e-Collections will be labelled “PsycBOOKS.”

My institution uses Athens. Will reports be available?

Athens data are not included at this time.

What date ranges are now available?

The APA PsycNET COUNTER 4 compliant usage data for searches and downloads is available to institutions beginning with January 1, 2014 data. COUNTER 4 compliant usage data for result clicks and record views was collected beginning in June 2014. Earlier reports will be available only as COUNTER 3 compliant reports.

Define these file types: HTML, PDF, CSV, XLS and XML.

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) – The coded format language used for creating hypertext documents on the World Wide Web and controlling how Web pages appear.

PDF -A file format created by Adobe to provide a standard form for storing and editing printed publishable documents. Because documents in PDF format can easily be seen and printed by users on a variety of computer and platform types, they are very common on the World Wide Web. To view files of this type, download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe’s Web site: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

CSV (Comma Separated Variable) – The simplest form of file for holding scientific, or other, data. Data is listed in columns in a text file, each value being separated by a comma. Each new line represents a new set of data.

XLS – Excel format spreadsheet.

When will the usage reports be ready for viewing each month?

Monthly usage reports will be available within 4 weeks of the end of the month as per COUNTER standards. Typically, APA usage statistics are released between the 15th and the 20th of each month.

How is usage activity assigned to an account?

Usage activity is assigned by IP address to each account that contains that IP address. Activity will be assigned to each account if the IP address falls under multiple accounts. Institutional administrators can check the IP range associated with their APA PsycNET account by visiting the APA PsycNET Admin Center. If you need to update your institution’s IP range, please contact psycinfo@apa.org.

Summary reports for groups or consortium with overlapping IP addresses in sub-accounts will have the duplicate usage removed.