The Electronic Resources Program officially supports and maintains a membership in the following organizations:
Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) 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 compatible way.
The first COUNTER Code of Practice, covering online journals and databases, was published in 2003. COUNTER’s coverage was extended further with the launch of the Code of Practice for online books and reference works in 2006. The body of COUNTER compliant usage statistics has steadily grown as more and more vendors have adopted the COUNTER Codes of Practice. This has contributed to the new discipline of usage bibliometrics and a great deal of work is underway to try to establish value metrics associated with usage, in which the COUNTER compliant statistics play an increasingly important role.
- All full members of the Alliance participate in the COUNTER membership program.
- Note that as of 2021, COUNTER no longer makes their list of members publicly available.
- COUNTER membership is not currently maintained in ConsortiaManager.
The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.