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MPS Insight Provides New Usage Reporting Service for Publishers

Nature Publishing Group (NPG; and Palgrave Macmillan Journals (PMJ; announced that upgraded usage statistics reporting is now available for all online publications. NPG and PMJ statistical reports now include the additional reports and services required by the new COUNTER Release 3, including SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative). The enhanced statistics reporting is provided by MPS Insight, a new service for publishers from Macmillan sister company MPS Technologies (

The move to MPS Insight provides site license customers with a much-improved service including more timely reports and consolidated consortia statistics. Reports are now also available in XML (eXtensible Markup Language), in addition to the familiar CSV (comma separated value) formats that can be opened in Microsoft Excel. XML reports can be automatically harvested into local systems using SUSHI, with timesaving benefits for librarians and library consortium administrators. Reports meet the criteria set by COUNTER Release 3, which publishers must comply with by August 2009 in order to retain their COUNTER-compliant status (

MPS Insight offers an attractive, easy-to-use interface, allowing customers to make real-time changes to accounts and to create additional user accounts for nonlibrary staff. The service has been very well-received by a group of librarians invited to beta test the new service; more than 96% of the librarians rated MPS Insight as "easy" or "very easy to use."

Source: Nature Publishing Group

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