Usage Reporting

Explore helpful information regarding accessing and using your COUNTER usage statistics from Springer Nature.  After logging into the Springer Nature Librarian Portal, you will be able to choose which type of usage report you prefer to access.

COUNTER reports

  • Release 5

    As of January 2020, the first iteration of COUNTER release 5 reports are available. Following an audit to ensure that we comply with the COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5, we are happy to share that we successfully passed and have “limited compliance pending audit of other reports.” This means that the Title Reports for journals and books on and content are now COUNTER 5 compliant. We plan on releasing additional reports later this year as we continue to work towards being fully COUNTER 5 compliant.

    Which COUNTER 5 reports are available?

    The Title Master Report and its Standard views are available for SpringerLink and content. The Database Master Report will be available at a later date.

    Standard views:

    Title Report: Books

    Title Report: Journals

    Platform Report
    • TR_B1Book Requests (Excluding OA_Gold)
    • TR_B2Book Access Denied
    • TR_B3Book Usage by Access Type
    • TR_J1Journal Requests (Excluding OA_Gold)
    • TR_J2Journal Access Denied
    • TR_J3Journal Usage by Access Type
    • TR_J4Journal Requests by YOP (Excluding OA_Gold)
    • PR: Platform Master Report
    • PR_P1: Platform Usage

  • Release 4

    As of January 1, 2021 we will no longer be supporting COUNTER 4 (C4) data for SpringerLink and (This update does not apply to database reports). You will still be able to temporarily access C4 reports after January 1st, but the data will only be provided up until December 2020.

    The phasing out of C4 reports is a key part of our work to fully migrate into C5 code of practice. Following this update, our next steps would be to migrate C4 2016-2018 data and reports to C5 format. We predict this will be implemented sometime in the second quarter of 2021. 

    Which COUNTER 4 reports are available?




    • BR2: Book chapter downloads by month 
    • BR3: Book chapter denials by month
    • BR2: Springer Protocols book chapter downloads by month 
    • BR3: Springer Protocols book chapter denials by month
    • JR1: Journal article downloads by month
    • JR1 GOA: Gold Open Access article downloads by month
    • JR2: Journal article denials by month
    • JR5: Journal article downloads by Year of Publication
    • DB1: Search, ResultClick, ResultView
    • DB2: Denials