Gathering Information for Renewals

The team are currently working on updating KB+ with data for 2015, we hope will help to save time during your renewal process by providing information on any additions/deflections made to a title list in conjunction with your journal usage statistics.

Q: What do I do if I am not able to find a 2015 collection title list?

If the 2015 collection title list is not ready, you can check our publisher master list, for example
Walter De Gruyter:Master, as we are updating the information on titles joining (expected titles) and leaving publishers (previous titles). You can also sign up to the KB+ list forum to be advised when lists have been added and any modifications can be seen in the To Do list.

Q:What do I need to do for annual subscriptions if the 2015 list is available in KB+?
For annual subscriptions you can use our renewal process and use the comparison basket to compare your current subscription with the title list for the following year this will result in a spreadsheet with your JR1 stats and an indication of which titles are in the new list but not in the old and vice versa. You can then reimport this spreadsheet to create your new subscription for 2015.
Q:What do I need to do for multi-year subscriptions?
If you have subscriptions for multi year deals you can simply view the expected & previous titles from the subscription screen, we update this information once we have been notified.

Q:How do I view the titles for a 2015 title list?
To see which titles are in a 2015 titles list select ‘Expected titles’, please note there is currently a problem with using scrolling through to the next page, you can however export a full title list from our export page.

Q: How can I view what titles have left or joined a package from a 2015 title list?

For a quick glance at what has been added and deleted to a 2015 title list please select the package you are interested in and choose the ‘advanced view’

Viewing title lists
You can filter this title list for “New for 2015”  and “transfer in” to see what new titles are to join the package or filter the list by end date (2014/12/31) to see which titles are leaving. Once you have typed the filter or selected the date and clicked submit, you will need to click ‘advanced view’ again to see the results.
coverage note filter
From the start of 2015 onwards you will be able to use the previous and expected views, only titles expected after 01/01/2015 will appear in the expected list.

Expected titles



Q. Can I export this list?

Yes,  once on your subscription page you can export any list in a variety of formats including one for use in your link resolver. Alternatively, you can download in an excel format from our exports page or check the Jisc Catalogue for a link to the verified title list.

Q: How can I sign up to the KB+ list forum?

Please see our user guide.

Q: How can I renew my subscriptions on KB+

Please see our user guide.

Further information:

Support is available by clicking the green ‘support’  button in KB+

JUSP and KB+ Interoperability

There is information in the latest JUSP newsletter on how JUSP and KB+ are working together with further exploration of rationalising the ‘core’ title functionality offered by both services and the addition of more 2014 title list in JUSP.

The newsletter also covers the recent workshop, new training resources and usage profiling reports.



JUSP Statistics for a Single Title in KB+

KB+ and JUSP are continuing to collaborate, work undertaken in our recent release is a step towards further integration around the area of marking up core titles.

From our focus group several people asked for the ability to download JUSP statistics for a single title and this has been added to our list for possible future enhancements.

In the meantime our Technical Authority and User Functionality Lead, Owen Stephens has shared a work around which allows you to download the statistics as a CSV file.

Owen has written a ‘bookmarklet’ – this is a browser bookmark that instead of taking you to a specific page can instead carry out a function on the page you are currently viewing. In this case the bookmarklet creates a csv file containing the JUSP statistics. It will only work when you are viewing a ‘Issue Entitlement’ page with the JUSP statistics displaying.

The bookmarklet and instructions on how to add it to your browser are available at

See below for a short video demonstrating the bookmarklet

Knowledge Base PLUS Newsletter

Knowledge Base PLUS Newsletter (April 2014)

The newsletter will keep you updated with news related to Knowledge Base+, details of events we are running and aspects of KB+ functionality. The Knowledge Base PLUS Newsletter will be issued quarterly.

PDF Knowledge Base PLUS Newsletter


Making the most of JUSP

JUSPI was pleased to be invited to attend a ‘Making the most out of JUSP’ KB+workshop to talk about how JUSP and KB+ have been working together. It was a really useful day in terms of gaining a better understanding of the benefits JUSP provides to institutions and also how they have worked in building an engaged and enthusiastic community. I was also pleased to be able to chat about e-resources with librarians, something I never tire of.

The day started with a presentation from Tim Peacock, from the University of Derby and their experience of using JUSP, his talk concluded with some questions which were a useful springboard for discussion amongst the table with regards how they use JUSP, who in the institution they need to share the data with etc. Tim noted that the content coverage in JUSP does not cover all the titles which they subscribe to, this is also the case for KB+ and I can see an opportunity to work together to help prioritise and increase our knowledge base coverage.

JUSP provided practical exercises for groups to work through which highlight the available reports, features and functionality of the system. Judging from the animated discussion and buzz in the room these exercises were really successful and is something I think would be useful to try with KB+.

For my presentation I talked about our similar core foundations in terms of both being a shared service and the importance of collaboration with the community to create systems fit for need. JUSP and KB+ grew from a need to help tackle challenges faced across many institutions and in providing a national solution we offer the opportunity to reduce time and effort.

The need for integration between KB+ and JUSP has  been echoed in both communities so I was pleased to demonstrate how you can view JR1 stats in KB+ and also that JUSP are making use of the title lists created in KB+. We have further plans for more effective data sharing between the systems, including aiming to allow institutions to only mark up titles in one system and then sharing this with the other system which again will hopefully save time and effort.

The day ended with a recap of some of the new developments in JUSP including a website refresh, the introduction of Usage Profiling, Counter 4 and discussions with vendors regarding interoperability between systems and use of the JUSP API.

An enjoyable and useful day which I hope is the start of more joint events. Presentations from the day will shortly be available from the JUSP website.

Recommendations from the HIKE project

I enjoyed reading the following article in the latest SCONUL newsletter The HIKE project: evaluating Intota and KB+ for the UK marketplace by Amy Devenney, Graham Stone. I was fortunate enough to attend the Jisc HIKE Project Workshop which I blogged about here and the work undertaken by Huddersfield has been extremely valuable in helping develop and shape KB+ into a system that works for libraries.

I was really pleased to see the following quote

“we firmly believe that KB+ will reduce duplication of staff time and effort in the population and on-going maintenance of individual knowledge and will foster shared community and partnership to reduce the amount of work undertaken by each institution”

as one of the key principles for KB+ is about saving peoples time. Working with the community has also been core to the development of KB+ and am looking forward to gathering more feedback and ideas from our upcoming focus groups.

It was encouraging to see how many of the recommendations from the article have been integrated into KB+, such as;

  • The ability to view a licence from the subscription which was in our recent release
  • The addition of JUSP statistics viewable within KB+ and in the renewal spreadsheet. We are committed to working with JUSP to ensure interoperability and integration, the results from the recent JUSP survey also indicated a keen interest from the community.
  • In release 3.3 we began to load ONIX licences into KB to allow you to view and compare usage terms. Work continues on loading licences and enhancing the ‘license comparison’ function.
  • We continue to work with vendors including Proquest (Serials Solutions) and there is now a Serials Solution format in KB+ to allow you to export data. We have not however established an API but are keen to gather feedback on the value this potentially provides so please do email us at

I think the recommendation to other HE institutions to ‘fully embed KB+ into the journal workflow’ is really valuable and provides a good starting point on how to make the best use of KB+.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have recently added some FAQ to our support pages. We hope they will be useful especially to institutions new to KB+ in giving an overview of the  benefits of KB+ and how it could be used.

If you have any tips you would like to share for those starting to use KB+ please follow us on twitter and give us your ideas using the hashtag #kbplustips or just send us an email;

I was also excited to see that on 12th December Laura Wilkinson is holding a “KnowledgeBase+ Day” dedicating some time to get to know the system. You can find out all the details on her blog & follow how it goes on the day using the hashtag #KBPlusDay.

Do let us know if anyone is planning something similar .

KB+ and JUSP

KB+ and JUSP

One of the new features of release 3.3 in KB+ is the inclusion of JUSP JR1 and JR1a statistics. You can view the statistics by selecting one of your subscriptions, clicking on the title and scroll down. Please note, statistics are only available for those packages which are also part of JUSP.

We hope this information will help with the renewal process and therefore when you generate a comparison worksheet from KB+ you will also get the current year (plus previous 4 years) worth of statistics. Details on how to generate a compartions worksheet are available at

Screenshot of comparison basket spreadsheet

We are continuing to work closely with JUSP and look forward to developing further integration. As reported in the latest JUSP newsletter there will also be a joint JUSP & KB+ Community Advisory Group meeting.

As always we would welcome your feedback on this new feature so please get in touch just click on the Support button in KB+