Gale Aligns Reports With Electronic Product Usage Guidelines

May 30, 2003

Reference publisher Gale has aligned its electronic product usage reports to the guidelines and requirements outlined by two authorities on electronic product usage statistics. The authorities, ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortium) and COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources), are international organizations dedicated to developing standards for the measurement and reporting of usage statistics. Beginning in July 2003, full-text record access will be displayed separately from abstract and citation record access on all Gale usage reports. Prior to July 2003, only the "Journal Retrievals" report displayed full-text record access separately from abstract record access. As new ICOLC and COUNTER requirements for usage reporting are published, Gale will respond with usage reporting updates that keep its statistics aligned with market needs. ICOLC published usage-reporting guidelines in November 1998, and updated those guidelines in December 2001. COUNTER published usage-reporting requirements on January 14, 2003, in their "Code of Practice" statement.

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