Welcome to IRUS-UK

Following on from the successful PIRUS2 project, which demonstrated how COUNTER-compliant article-level usage statistics could be collected and consolidated from Publishers and Institutional Repositories (IRs), Jisc have provided funding to establish 'IRUS-UK', a national aggregation service, containing details of all content downloaded from UK participating IRs.

IRUS-UK is a Jisc-funded repository and infrastructure service.

Participant quote

[IRUS-UK is] another form of analysis that can be used to demonstrate the need for including full texts in repositories, and the most downloaded types of item types.


The service will consolidate COUNTER-compliant statistics providing opportunities to demonstrate the value and impact of IRs. It will:

  • facilitate comparable, standards-based measurements
  • provide an evidence base for repositories to develop policies and initiatives to help support their objectives
  • provide consistent and comprehensive statistics, presenting opportunities for benchmarking at a national level
  • develop a user community that will ensure that the service is responsive to user requirements

IRUS-UK growth over time

IRUS-UK Growth Chart

If you are a UK repository wishing to participate in IRUS-UK, please contact irus@mimas.ac.uk

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