PLOS (Public Library of Science)

PLOS (Public Library of Science)

“LibLynx is a crucial collaborator and thought leader in this space”

Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, PLOS

The Challenge

Attributing OA usage to organizations at scale

Anonymous access

Unlike traditional paywalled access scenarios, users engaging with OA content do not need to be authorized and so their organizational affiliation is unknown at the point of access.

High volume

PLOS content generates significant interest from the community, with more than 300,000 titles generating over 400 million individual usage events in a year.

How We Helped

Custom workflow to match IP addresses

We developed a custom workflow that attributes usage to organizations based on matching the IP address associated with a usage event against data from PSI Metrics. We attributed PLOS usage to over 25,000 organizations during the first 12 months of COUNTER reporting.

PSI Metrics holds data on the registered IP addresses of c. 80,000 organizations worldwide. This data is updated daily to ensure that matching is both accurate and as broad as possible. As the process only uses registered organizational IP addresses, there is no personal data involved, nor any risk of usage attribution at an individual level.

Once COUNTER metrics are generated and attributed to an organization, COUNTER reports are built to aggregate that organization’s usage in each reporting period.

“This is a huge milestone for us”
– Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, PLOS

The Implementation

A flexible approach designed to minimize effort

The PLOS technical team opted to implement all event logging server-side, using the LibLynx API to transmit a JSON payload of usage data for each event. After processing, COUNTER reports are available to PLOS via a branded web portal and can be shared with external stakeholders as needed in a variety of formats (html, xls, SUSHI).

About PLOS

PLOS is a non-profit leading a transformation in research communication. We publish a suite of Open Access journals and work alongside research communities to break down barriers in making research communication more open, effective, and fair.

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