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Usage Statistics

Access your institution’s usage statistics.

Oxford University Press (OUP) provides online usage statistics to customers in accordance with the COUNTER Code of Practice, Release 5. Our COUNTER reports are released monthly and are available for both online products and journals. As of May 10, 2022, we no longer provide COUNTER 4 usage reports.

All OUP online usage statistics are available through your Oxford Academic Account. This includes usage statistics for journals and books on Oxford Academic, as well as other online products hosted on other sites.

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COUNTER 4 Retirement

Beginning on May 10, 2022 Oxford University Press will cease to provide COUNTER 4 usage reports, and will only offer COUNTER 5 reports going forward. Since January 2019, Oxford University Press (OUP) has offered COUNTER 5 usage reports in compliance with COUNTER guidelines. As COUNTER’s latest standard, Release 5 is designed to deliver clearer, more flexible, and more consistent reporting.

OUP’s final COUNTER 4 reports will be supplied in mid-April 2022, showing usage for the month of March, and will be available until May 10, 2022. After this date, COUNTER 4 usage reports will cease to be accessible through the usage portal.

Learn more about this transition

Changes to usage during the Covid-19 pandemic

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020 OUP saw a reduction in authenticated usage for journals on the Oxford Academic platform, and for some of our Online Products. This was combined with an increase in guest (unauthenticated) usage of freely accessible content via search engines. When combined, authenticated and guest usage shows overall demand for content increasing during this time. Before the pandemic, many users relied upon automatic IP authentication to access their content whilst on campus. The increase in remote working has meant many users are not actively authenticating, which has led to the reduction in authenticated usage.

What should I do?

The impact on authenticated usage varies considerably between products, countries and customers. If you notice a small variation to your usage, this should not necessarily be a cause for concern. However, if you notice a more significant variation, it may be related to the changes in user behaviour described above. For further information and assistance in interpreting the data, please contact your usual sales representative.

What is OUP doing?

To address the challenges faced by remote users in gaining access to content, OUP has expanded authentication options, including rolling out Google Universal CASA, to ensure users from subscribing institutions can access subscription content no matter where they start their research. We aim to further improve our authentication options in 2021. This will include looking to implement new features, such as Seamless Access to streamline users’ journeys to authenticated content on the Oxford Academic platform, as well as investigating how to improve journeys to authenticated content via 3rd party discovery services. OUP will share news about developments later this year.

COUNTER 5 reporting

In late January 2019, Oxford University Press began to provide usage statistics that are compliant with the COUNTER Code of Practice, Release 5. These new reports are designed to be clearer, more flexible, and more consistent. We have provided answers to frequently asked questions on our change to COUNTER Release 5 usage reports.

COUNTER has produced The Friendly Guide to Release 5 for Librarians, which is an accessible introduction to the new reports. For more information, you can also read Release 5 of the Code of Practice in full on the COUNTER website.

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