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How to define a COUNTER R5 SUSHI Account for ProQuest, ProQuest Ebook Central and Alexander Street Press in Alma

The following blog will describe how to define an R5 SUSHI Account in Alma, with a focus on three platforms:  ProQuest, ProQuest Ebook Central and Alexander Street Press.    Defining these SUSHI accounts will allow for automatic harvesting of usage data from the platforms via the SUSHI Harvesting job .

You may wish to also see the following related documentation:


In Alma navigate to the specific vendor for which you wish to create the SUSHI account,  and edit the vendor


From the Usage Data tab click “Add SUSHI Account” and then choose  “Release 5”


Copy initial details (vendor URL) of the account from the Community Zone.  Here we show how this can be done for accounts ProQuest, ProQuest Ebook Central and Alexander Street Press.  Copy the details from the community zone by “looking up” the vendor in the  SUSHI Account field. You can either begin typing the vendor name (as below) and then choose the vendor from the “pickup” list, or click the three lines at the end of the field and perform a search in the Community Zone

After selecting a specific SUSHI Account from the Community Zone the vendor URL will be filled in.  Here is the example for ProQuest


Alma cannot fill in the remainder of the fields automatically because they differ per institution and are private (for example “Customer ID” and “Username” are unique and private per institution).  Fill in these fields of the SUSHI account as described in column “special instructions” at SUSHI-Certified Vendors Release 5

For vendor ProQuest, for example, SUSHI-Certified Vendors Release 5 states


Fill in the necessary fields as below, save and test connection.

If all is defined correctly then the “Test Connection” will cause a file to be downloaded stating “”Service_Active”:true” for the specific platform


After “Test Connection” is successful add the report types which you want to harvest.  This is done in the section “Usage Report Types” by clicking “Add Report Type” and choosing a report type.


In addition to the ‘Test Connection” which we did above on the level of the vendor, it is also possible to “Test Connection with Response” on the level of the report types.  Here we do it for tr_j1

If the test is successful then a report will be retrieved for the report type:


After the account is saved, make sure that the SUSHI Harvesting job is active.  This job harvests all COUNTER data from all active SUSHI accounts. You should see this under Admin > Motion Jobs > Switch to “Scheduled” tab > Filter by type “Acquisitions”:

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