COUNTER Dictionary

Modified on Wed, 29 May 2024 at 11:27 PM


Access Methods


Activities on a platform or content host representing typical user behavior. 


Content and metadata accessed for the purpose of text and data mining.

Access Types


Non-open content, e.g. behind a paywall.


Content Item available under a Gold Open Access license. 


Free to read content not under Gold Open Access license. 

Data Types


An article, typically published in a journal or reference work. 


A monograph text.

Book segment

A book segment (e.g. chapter, section, etc.).


A fixed database where content is searched and accessed in the context of the database.


A data set.


A serial that is a branded and continually growing collection of original articles within a particular discipline. 


Multimedia content such as audio, image, streaming audio, streaming video, and video.


Textual content published serially in a newspaper or newsletter.


Content that cannot be classified by any of the other Data_Types.


A content platform that may reflect usage from multiple Data_Types. 


A report.


A generic classification used for items stored in a repository.


A thesis or dissertation.


It is not possible to classify the content because there isn’t sufficient information available. 

Host Types

A&I Database (Abstracting & Indexing Database) 

A database that provides abstracts and indexing for academic articles, conference papers, and other scholarly content. These databases typically do not provide full-text content but offer citations and summaries.

Aggregated Full Content 

A platform that offers access to a collection of full-text resources from various publishers and sources. These may include journals, books, reports, and other types of documents aggregated into a single database.

Data Repository

A storage location for datasets and research data. Data repositories are designed to preserve, manage, and share research data, often providing access to data sets for reuse and analysis.

Discovery Service

A tool that allows users to search across multiple databases and e-resources simultaneously. Discovery services integrate various library resources, providing a unified search experience and easy access to a wide range of content.


A digital version of a book that can be read on electronic devices such as e-readers, tablets, and computers. eBooks are typically available for download or online reading.

eBook Collection 

A platform or database that provides access to a collection of eBooks. These collections may cover a wide range of subjects and are usually available for subscription or purchase by libraries and institutions.


An electronic version of a journal that can be accessed online. eJournals include scholarly articles, research papers, reviews, and other types of academic content, often available through library subscriptions.

Full Content Database 

A database that provides access to complete documents or articles, rather than just abstracts or citations. Full content databases typically include journals, magazines, newspapers, and other types of full-text resources.


Digital content that includes a combination of text, audio, images, video, and interactive elements. Multimedia resources are often used for educational and informational purposes and can be accessed via various electronic devices.

Multimedia Collection

A platform or database offering a curated collection of multimedia resources. These collections may include videos, audio recordings, interactive simulations, and other multimedia content, often organized by subject or theme.


A digital archive that collects, preserves, and disseminates scholarly research output. Repositories often include theses, dissertations, academic papers, and other research materials, making them accessible to the wider academic community.

Scholarly Collaboration Network

An online platform designed to facilitate collaboration and communication among researchers and scholars. These networks often include tools for sharing research, networking, and collaborating on projects and publications.

Metric Types


Measures the total number of times the full text of a content item was downloaded or viewed.


Counts the number of unique content items requested by users. Each item is counted only once per user session.


Measures the total number of times a content item (full text or abstract) was accessed. This includes both downloads and views.


Counts the number of unique content items accessed by users. Each item is counted only once per user session, regardless of the number of times it was accessed.


Measures the total number of requests for full-text content at the title level (e.g., a specific journal or book title).


Counts the number of unique titles requested by users. Each title is counted only once per user session.


Measures the total number of times any content (full text or abstract) within a title was accessed.


Counts the number of unique titles investigated by users. Each title is counted only once per user session, regardless of the number of items accessed within that title.


Counts the number of searches conducted by users within a content platform that led to results.


Measures the number of searches conducted across multiple databases or platforms simultaneously.


Counts the number of automated searches conducted by systems or services on behalf of users.


Searches conducted by users and captured at the platform level. Each user-initiated search can only be counted once regardless of the number of databases involved in the search. This metric only applies to Platform Reports. 


Measures the number of attempts to access content that the institution does not have a license for.


Counts the number of times users were denied access to content due to exceeding their usage limits.

Section Types


An article from a compilation, such as a journal, encyclopedia, or reference book. 


A complete book, accessed as a single file.


A chapter from a book.


Content delivered in sections not otherwise represented on the list.


A group of chapters or articles.


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