Journals Library

Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Journals Library website run by the NIHR.  We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website, and have designed it to be accessible wherever possible.

How accessible is this website

The NIHR is committed to making websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

On this website, you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels, and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% with text staying visible on the screen
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • navigate most of the website using the keyboard
  • read most of the website using a screen reader, including the latest versions of JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver
  • read most of the website on devices without a screen, like a braille computer

We have made the website text as simple as possible to understand, using plain English wherever possible. Some of our content is technical, and contains scientific terms/language whereby we could not simplify the wording without changing what the text means.  If you have a problem accessing any documents then AbilityNet has advice to help you make your device easier to use

We have made this website as accessible as possible and run regular audits to identify any new problems.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the issues listed below.

Issues with PDFs and other documents

Due to the nature of the business we present documents that originate from other institutions.

There are a large number of PDFs created in previous years which were not designed for accessibility, especially those relating to Journals Library HTA reports Volumes 1-17.  In addition there will be documents that are not accessible: protocols, supplementary material, stand-alone documents, first look summaries, web reports in relation to any Journals Library report.

Where these are no longer being updated, we do not intend to recreate them in accessible versions as we consider this would be a disproportionate burden

The Non accessible documents on our website are:

  • Protocols
  • Supplementary material
  • Stand alone documents
  • First look summaries
  • Other documents and reports

Other issues

  • There may be third party content on our site that is not accessible – While we can scan 100% of our web pages, and test against all criteria in the guidelines, we are unable to scan 3rd party content displayed on our site.

How to get information in an accessible format

If you have problems accessing information on this website, or would like any of our work in a more accessible format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille please email the details of your request to

We aim to respond to your request within 5 working days and wherever feasible will provide the material in an alternative accessible format.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.

If you find any problems not listed on this page, or think that we are not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations then please email with the details to let us know so that we can improve the accessibility of this website.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).