Considering the Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP)

Across the HE Sector millions of pounds are spend on electronic journals, but gathering statistics about how useful they are to library users has not provied easy to do. Libraries with diminuishing budgets are having to prove that they are getting and giving value for money and reliable data is key to this. But gathering, managing, maintaining and reporting on usage data from a variety of publishers can be a time-consuming drain of library resources.

The Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) aims to make this easier for UK HE libraries by providing a single point for journal usage figures from the major NESLi2 publishers. By doing so across the whole sector it will also be possible to provide JISC negotiators with a national picture of electronic journal usage. More information is available about JUSP from their frequently asked questions page.

Benefits for libraries

  • Usage statistics for major NESLi2 publishers collected automatically;
  • Save time downloading, adding and reporting on usage data;
  • Easaier for subject librarians to see what is happening with the journals to which they are subscribing;
  • Possible benchmarking against other libraries: e.g. my library compared with all Russell Group institutions.

Who is doing this already?

There are already 50+ libraries and 6 publishers committed to the JUSP. 3 intermediaries (Including ingentaConnect and EBSCO) are also participating. the data is collected through the SUSHI Protocol (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative). SUSHI clients have been developed for: OUP, Springer, Ingenta, AIP, EBSCO EJS, Nature, Project Muse and Swets. Sage have recently signed up with other publishers are likely to join soon. The  aim is to include all the NESLi2 publishers by the end of 2011. Data for 2009-10 and 2010-11 is collected automatically for participating libraries. More data for earlier periods can be uploaded if this is available.

Who would use this?

Subject Librarians could use this to find out which journals within a package are being used and identify low usage titles. One of the reports is designed to meet the needs of SCONUL reporting. The major report formats (JR1, etc) are already set up within JUSP, but the data can be downloaded into spreadsheets for further manipulation. Electronic Services librarians will also find useful reports here.

Demo version

A demo version of JUSP has been populated with sample anonymised data. Login using your institutional (Athens) username and password.

About Philip Adams

Senior Assistant Librarian at De Montfort University. I am interested in digital preservation and the use of data to measure a library's impact. All comments own.
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