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August 11th, 2014

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business and Scholarly iQ Issue COUNTER Release 4 Compliant Usage Reports for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business’s Customers

Alphen aan den Rijn, August 2014— Wolters Kluwer Law & Business and Scholarly iQ today announced that Wolters Kluwer Law & Business’s usage statistics for its portfolio of Kluwer Law products including Kluwer Arbitration, Kluwer IP Law, Kluwer Competition Law and Kluwer Law Online are now available using the new COUNTER Release 4 (R4) standards. These standards are the latest version of the agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of such online usage data, which are used to ensure independent reporting of publishers’ usage statistics to libraries. Scholarly iQ provides reporting and data management services for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.
“In today’s challenging economic market, ensuring that trusted, independent reporting of  usage statistics is available to libraries is critical to Wolters Kluwer Law & Business as this data is used to effectively demonstrate the business value of  our content to subscribing institutions,” said David Bartolone, Managing Director, Kluwer Law International. “We’re pleased to partner with Scholarly iQ to ensure Wolters Kluwer Law & Business remains compliant with the COUNTER R4 standard, which allows us to better serve the scholarly library community.”

 The COUNTER Release 4 standards contain the following new features to improve the delivery of consistent, credible and comparable usage statistics:

  • A single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content
  • An expanded list of Definitions, including terms such as ‘multimedia full content unit’, ‘record view’, ‘result click’, as well as different categories of ‘access denied’, etc. that are used for the first time in Release 4
  • Enhancements of the SUSHI (Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol designed to facilitate its implementation by vendors and its use by librarians
  • The ability to report usage of Gold Open Access articles separately, via the new “Journal Report 1 GOA.”
  • An expanded “Journal Report 2,” which includes information on denied-access content and unlicensed content, in addition to the “Turnaways” data, which is covered by earlier COUNTER Releases.
  • A modified “Journal Report 5,” which reports on the usage of full-text article requests by year and by journal from a library’s acquired archival content.
  • Inclusion of Book DOI in the usage reports, to facilitate not only the management of usage data, but also the linking of usage data to other data relevant to collections of online content.
  • An expanded Database Report 2, which now includes ‘access denied: content item not licenced’, in addition to the ‘Turnaways’ (access denied: simultaneous/concurrent user licence limit exceeded) covered in earlier Releases.
  • Modified Database Reports, in which the previous requirement to report Session counts has been dropped, and new requirements, to report Record Views and Result Clicks, have been added. (Database Report 3 has also been renamed Platform Report 1).
  • A requirement, in Book Report 2, that the type of Section covered in the report be defined
  • Removal of Book Report 6: Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Service, which is replaced by Platform Report 1.
  • A new report, Multimedia Report 1, which covers the usage of non-textual multimedia resources, such as audio, video and images, by reporting the number of successful requests for multimedia full content units
  • Flexibility in the usage reporting period that allows you to specify a date range for your usage reports
  • A single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content.

“The academic publishing market is fast becoming increasingly online and data driven,” said Gary Van Overborg, CEO and founder, Scholarly iQ. “The COUNTER R4 standard provides trust and accountability in understanding the business value of digital products. Supporting and adhering to these latest standards is a must and we are delighted to be working with Wolters Kluwer Law & Business at this tremendously exciting time.”

About Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a part of Wolters Kluwer, is a trusted source for expert content and solutions in the areas of law, corporate compliance, health compliance and reimbursement, and legal education. Its authoritative expertise is unparalleled, bringing the insight its customers need to interpret today’s complex rules and regulations in the way that is most relevant to them. Serving customers worldwide, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business portfolio includes products under the Aspen Publishers, CCH Incorporated, Kluwer Law International, Loislaw, ftwilliam.com and MediRegs names. Its products are regarded as trusted resources for general legal and practice-specific knowledge, compliance and risk management, dynamic workflow solutions, and expert commentary., Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, has offices in London(U.K.), Alphen aan den Rijn (The Netherlands), New York City and Riverwoods, IL (U.S.A.).

About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer is a market-leading global information services company. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer’s leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world.

Wolters Kluwer had 2010 annual revenues of €3.6 billion, employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, serving customers globally. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.

About Scholarly iQ
Scholarly iQ provides independent, trusted eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market. Leaders in usage reporting since 2002, SiQ services integrate and deliver meaningful data accurately and on time for better business decisions.

SiQ leverages leading technologies and has a solid team of professionals in online publishing, web analytics, database integration, and web site development, providing legendary client support 24x7 with energy, enthusiasm and commitment. This combination ensures that SiQ continuously provide exemplary customer centric solutions with industry leading people, processes and technologies.

In addition, SiQ actively supports the academic publishing market as a whole through community participation including NISO’s SUSHI Developers Group and Business Information Topic Committee (www.niso.org) , the Society for Scholarly Publishing (www.sspnet.org), UKSG (www.uksg.org) and COUNTER’s International Advisory Board (www.projectcounter.org). For more information, click here to contact us or visit https://twitter.com/ScholarlyIQ