Evaluating journal usage statistics portal (JUSP)

JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) are the UK higher, further education and skills sectors not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions, providing relevant and useful advice, digital resources, network and technology services, while researching and developing new technologies and ways of working.

Evidence Base has been active in researching the area of journal usage statistics for a number of years, highlighting common issues across the Higher Education sector and supporting libraries in collecting this data.

Evidence Base's work in this area has culminated in the production of a national service for Higher and Further education libraries in collaboration with project partners Mimas, JISC Collections and Cranfield University. The Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) collates data from different publishers harvesting COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) data via SUSHI (Standardised Usage Harvesting Initiative). Libraries only need to supply their subscription information once and can then visit the portal at any time to review their JR1 and JR1A data, run reports, and download in spreadsheet format.

Evidence Base has, since 2014 annually reviewed JUSP through a series of surveys which have revealed success, areas for improvement, feedback and suggestions for the future development of the service.

Links to project outputs

Journal Usage Statistics Portal

The Journal Usage Statistics Portal provides a 'one-stop shop' for libraries to view, download and analyse their usage reports from NESLi2 and other publishers.

Visit the Journal Usage Statistics Portal  


  • Management of journal usage statistics in one portal to save time.
  • Aid decision making regarding journal subscriptions.
  • Aids future purchasing decisions.
  • Aids evaluation of the impact of e-resources.