Understanding the main differences between COUNTER 4 and COUNTER 5

(11 February 2019)  In January 2019, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) updated its code of practice from Release 4 (C4) to Release 5 (C5). According to the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice is “designed to balance changing reporting needs with the need to make things simpler, so that all content providers can achieve compliance and librarians can have usage statistics that are credible, consistent, and comparable.”

This blog post by Casey Pickering at CCC is part 2 of the three-part series around COUNTER updates aims to answer some of the questions about these updates. See the full post here.