COUNTER Dictionary

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

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Access Methods

Regular

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


TDM

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


Access Types

Controlled

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


OA_Gold

Content Item available under a Gold Open Access license. 

Other_Free_To_Read

Free to read content not under Gold Open Access license. 



Data Types

Article

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


Book

A monograph text.


Book segment

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


Database

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


Dataset

A data set.


Journal

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


Multimedia

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


Newspaper_or_Newsletter

Textual content published serially in a newspaper or newsletter.


Other

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


Platform

A content platform that may reflect usage from multiple Data_Types. 


Report

A report.


Repository_Item

A generic classification used for items stored in a repository.


Thesis_or_Dissertation

A thesis or dissertation.


Unspecified

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.


eBook

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.


eJournal 

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.


Multimedia 

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.


Repository 

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

Total_Item_Requests 

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


Unique_Item_Requests 

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


Total_Item_Investigations 

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


Unique_Item_Investigations 

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.


Total_Title_Requests 

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


Unique_Title_Requests 

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


Total_Title_Investigations 

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


Unique_Title_Investigations 

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.


Searches_Regular 

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


Searches_Federated 

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


Searches_Automated 

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


Searches_Platform

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. 


No_License 

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


Limit_Exceeded 

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


Section Types

Article

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


Book

A complete book, accessed as a single file.


Chapter

A chapter from a book.


Other

Content delivered in sections not otherwise represented on the list.


Section

A group of chapters or articles.



SOURCE:

https://cop5.projectcounter.org/

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