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What's New?

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, provider of the APA PsycNET platform, has made a commitment to provide the COUNTER compliant usage reports to our subscribers.


What are the features associated with COUNTER Release 3?

  • Improves the reliability of the COUNTER usage reports further.
  • Mitigates the potential inflationary effects on usage statistics of federated and automated search engines, internet robots, crawlers, and so on.
  • Provides tools that will facilitate the consolidation, management, and analysis of the COUNTER usage statistics.
  • Improves COUNTER usage reports for library consortia.
  • Improves reporting for journal article downloads.

What is SUSHI and how does it relate to COUNTER Release 3?

  • The SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol has been incorporated into the COUNTER Code of Practice.
  • SUSHI has been developed by NISO (National Information Standards Organizations) in cooperation with COUNTER.
  • SUSHI allows for the automated retrieval of the COUNTER usage reports into local systems, making the harvesting and aggregating of usage reports much less time consuming for the librarian or library consortium administrator.
  • Several SUSHI client tools are currently available through various vendors.
  • To take advantage of the SUSHI protocol, please contact the APA at psycinfo@apa.org and provide the following information—

    • The institution name, Institution ID, Contact person, Email address
    • The IP Address (or IP block) from where the service will be accessed
    • The name of the third party electronic resource management system (ERM) you will use for SUSHI.

How do I access the new Usage Report Service for APA PsycNET?

Institutional and consortia administrators who have a currently active paid site license with IP (Internet Protocol) authentication to APA’s platform, psycnet.apa.org, may log in with the username and password assigned by APA. To log in, go to http://psycnetreports.org.


APA assigns consortia and institutional administrators a username and password. If you need assistance, please contact APA at psycinfo@apa.org.

Is the Usage Report Service for APA PsycNET compliant with Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases?

Yes, the Usage Report Service for APA PsycNET is compliant with Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases. This version of the Code of Practice is valid beginning on September 1, 2009, and is the version with which vendors must comply.

About APA PsycNET Usage Reports


What types of COUNTER reports are available?

Reports are available for all databases accessed through the APA PsycNET platform. Each report is formatted to the guidelines that COUNTER has provided.

Institution Reports

Journal Reports

Journal Report 1 (JR1): Number of successful full-fext article requests by month and journal

Database Reports

Database Report 1 (DB1): Total searches and sessions by month and database. You will see all databases to which your institution subscribes via APA PsycNET. For more detail, please see the tutorial.
Database Report 3 (DB3): Total searches and sessions by month for the APA PsycNET platform as a whole.
Database Downloads 1 (DD1): Total by month for PsycCRITIQUES and PsycEXTRA.

Book Reports

Book Report 2 (BR2): Number of successful requests by month and title. These reports include all full-text content in PsycBOOKS, the APA Books e-collections, and the APA Handbooks.

Note that the newest reports (DB1, DD1, and BR2) show data from January 2011. The JR1 and DB3 reports are available back to January 2009.


Consortium Reports

Consolidated reports are available for 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 button.


What type of information does the 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 are confined to content-related pages, including abstracts, table of contents, searches, and full-text article downloads.


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

Yes, reports are available for all databases accessible 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, each chapter download is counted only once, regardless of which database the user found the record in. On the DB3 report, the data will be labeled "PsycBOOKS."


Athens Users

Athens data are not included at this time.

What date ranges are now available?

For JR1 and DB3 reports, COUNTER compliant usage data are provided to institutions beginning with January 2009. For DB1, DD1, and BR2 reports, COUNTER compliant usage data are provided to institutions beginning with January 2011.

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

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 are 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 between the 15th and 20th of the 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.

How do I ensure the best print quality?

Please update your print settings to landscape to print all report formats.

Registration Information

How do I register for APA PsycNET's Usage Report Service?

APA assigns consortia and institutional administrators a username and password. If you need assistance, please contact APA at psycinfo@apa.org.

Password Changes/Retrieval

How do I change my password?

Institutional administrators may change their passwords on the APA PsycNET Admin Center. *Note: Password changes may take up to 48 hours to take effect. Consortia administrators may change their usernames or password by contacting APA at psycinfo@apa.org.

How can I retrieve my password?

Institutional administrators may click on “Forgot Password?” on the login page for the APA PsycNET Admin Center. Consortia administrators should contact APA at psycinfo@apa.org.


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