January 23, 2022

Atypon, Elsevier and Digital Science Collaborate to Provide Article-Level Data From Mendeley, Dimensions, ReadCube, and Papers

From a Joint Announcement:

Scholarly publishers will soon be able to receive usage reporting from Mendeley, Elsevier’s leading Scholarly Collaboration Network (SCN), and Digital Science’s literature discovery tools, ReadCube, Papers, and Dimensions.  These industry firsts are made possible by a collaboration led by Elsevier, Atypon, Digital Science and COUNTER to develop a new standard for Distributed Usage Logging (DUL).


As researchers increasingly access journal content through off-library and off-campus platforms outside of standard COUNTER reporting channels – assessing true usage is extremely difficult. Most libraries evaluate their subscribed content using standard COUNTER reports that provide only a partial picture, which can lead to inaccurate assessments of the value of content under both subscription and open access business models.

To help address this issue, Mendeley and Digital Science will begin providing publishers with article-level usage on scholarly content accessed and shared via their tools. Developed with technical support and infrastructure from Crossref, and fully aligned with COUNTER’s Code of Practice Release 5, this data will be provided back to the original publisher and anonymized to the institution-level ensuring individual user privacy is preserved.

Beginning in early 2019, Atypon’s Literatum will be able to receive the article-level usage data generated from Mendeley and Digital Science to share with over 200+ of their publishing clients.  Elsevier will also be incorporating DUL data into the COUNTER-compliant reports available to their customers.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Release 5 Code of Practice (via Project Counter)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.