10 November 2014 CABI is delighted to announce it has upgraded to COUNTER version 4 (COUNTER4) for its product usage statistics. Reports are now available for CABI products hosted on CAB Direct and the CABI platform.
By moving to the latest version of COUNTER usage statistics, CABI remains COUNTER compliant, and can offer significant improvements to usage reports across its products.
A key update to the new COUNTER reporting is the ability to gather information in real time. While COUNTER3 reports were available at the end of each month, COUNTER4 usage statistics can now be viewed instantly at any time.
This means that librarians have immediate visibility into how patrons use the products they offer for example, how key modules are being used and how specific subject areas and topics are being researched. This level of insight can help librarians make more informed and responsive decisions about subscriptions, as well as investments in other library resources.
Benefitting from the upgrade are two of CABIs leading bibliographic databases: CAB Abstracts and Global Health.
The most comprehensive database of its kind, CAB Abstracts gives researchers instant access to over 7.7 million records from 1973 onwards, with over 350,000 abstracts added each year. Its coverage of the applied life sciences includes agriculture, environment, veterinary sciences, applied economics, food science and nutrition.
Global Health is the only specialist bibliographic abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health, completing the picture of international medical and health research by capturing key literature that is not covered by other databases.
To help answer questions about the upgrade, CABI has put together a COUNTER4 information sheet, which is available to download here.