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COUNTER Code of Practice

This repository contains the source for the COUNTER Code of Practice.

There are multiple branches:

  • 5.1: Release 5.1 (published 5 May 2023) will become the current Code of Practice and the requirement for COUNTER compliance effective from January 2025.
  • 5.0.3: Release 5.0.3 (published 28 April 2023) is the current Code of Practice and the requirement for COUNTER compliance effective from the date of release.
  • 5.0.2: Release 5.0.2 (published 28 September 2021) was the Code of Practice and the requirement for COUNTER compliance effective from January 2022.
  • 5.0.1: Release 5.0.1 (published 10 December 2018, with updates for Appendices A and E) was the Code of Practice and the requirement for COUNTER compliance effective from January 2019.
  • planned: Items under consideration for future releases.

Reading the COUNTER Code of Practice

You can read the COUNTER Code of Practice online at

https://cop5.projectcounter.org/

This HTML version is the version of record for the COUNTER Code of Practice. There is also a PDF version and a single page HTML available for download from the menu at the bottom left. The menu also allows to select other releases of the Code of Practice.

The website is generated from this repository and hosted by Read the Docs.

Building the COUNTER Code of Practice

The Code of Practice is build with Sphinx from the reStructuredText in the source directory.

The build process has been tested on Linux and Read the Docs. Building the HTML version requires a make tool and Python 3, building the PDF version additionally requires LaTeX.