7-8 Ejournal usage statistics


To collect usage statistics by calendar year  for ejournals, on an annual basis. Usage statistics help the library analyze return on investment and whether resources are no longer in use or high demand. Usage statistics are one factor that can be utilized when University budget cuts demand the library cancel subscriptions.


Maintain vendor and publisher administrative account information (ongoing)

  • Record site URLs, logins, passwords, type of statistics collected (ebook, database, and/or ejournal), whether COUNTER (preferred) or non-COUNTER; and any notes about access options or other oddities
  • Do not accept popups or options that ask for a phone number for two-factor authentication when setting up or accessing admin accounts; never enter a phone number
  • Use re-load by proxy or email authentication options, if more than login/password is required, or contact publisher if unsure


  • Collect JR1 (downloads), JR3 (denied), and JR4 or 5 (usage by year of publication- number depends on COUNTER version publisher is using) as tabs on one spreadsheet per publisher
  • Around January 15, start collecting stats for the list of around 40-50 largest publishers.
  • Tally downloads data for these publishers for reporting in the ACRL survey
  • Collect stats for remaining publishers
  • Save publisher/year labeled sheets on internal drives, within publisher folders
  • Create ReadMe files in folders if needed to note when statistics source has moved to another provider, or if we no longer collect for that publisher