Journals Library


The NIHR Journals Library comprises a suite of five open access journals providing an important and permanent archive of research funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Read more about our journals.

Research Projects

The NIHR funds valuable independent research for health and social care decision makers. While some of the research programmes share common themes and complement each other, they each have different specialist funding remits and are managed by different centres on behalf of the NIHR. Read more about our research projects

Accessibility Statement

This website is run by the NIHR.  We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website, and we have designed it to be accessible.

Page contents 

How you can use this website

How accessible is this website

Reporting accessibility problems

Technical information about this website's accessibility

How we test this website

What we are doing to improve 

How you can use this website

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, and most images scaling without resolution loss
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • 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've 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

How accessible is this website

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

Accessible documents:

We know that some parts of the website aren't fully accessible:

  • We have a large number of documents which are in PDF format, and haven't been designed for accessibility
  • Some content is embedded in our website, such as interactive guides and videos.

Non accessible documents on our website:

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

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 please email the details of your request to

We will consider your request, and aim to respond within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems

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

If you find any problems which aren't listed on this page, or think that we're not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations then please email with the details to let us know and help us improve.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your query or request, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website's accessibility

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

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

Issues with technology

The vast majority of our website works correctly on any web technology.

For security reasons, we only support TLS 1.2 and higher security protocols, and this means that some older browsers will not show the site.

How our site looks and works is based on HTML5, and we test for and support the following browsers:

We also test in the Lynx browser to ensure that the site renders correctly for non-screen users.

You may experience unexpected behaviour in other browsers, although we use fully validated code which should work on any browser.

Issues with links

We are aware of the following issues within the links on our site:

  • Some links point to the old NHIR website and are broken, we are working on fixing these as soon as possible. 
  • Many older PDF files contain broken links which do not resolve - we do not intend to resolve these as we consider this would be a disproportionate burden.
  • Some links on the site are not currently formatted in a compliant manner and we aim to fix these as soon as possible.

We scan the site weekly for broken links, and look to fix them as soon as they are identified.  

Issues with PDFs and other documents

Due to the nature of the business we present documents that originate from other institutions and therefore due to the disproportionate burden we will not be converting these to a more accessible format. If you need a specific document in a more accessible format as above please contact us.

Our site contains a large number of PDFs created in previous years, especially relating to Journals Library HTA reports Volumes 1-17  in addition there will be docs 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

Issues with images and video

We strive to make all of our content accessible. We are aware of the following issues with images and video on our site:

  • Video content uses automated closed captioning and transcripting, and this is often inaccurate. We will review these captions and ensure their accuracy manually.
  • There are some images with accessibility problems and we are working on improving the accessibility of these.

Other technical issues

  • The search function contains a null text attribute value and required better definitions accompanying the filter options.
  • The implementations of 3rd party content including Google Analytics and AddThis require do not currently meet WCAG AA accessibility standards and require updating.
  • Some page titles are longer than the recommended 150 characters due to the length of titles of the projects and publications we display.

How we test this website

This website undergoes automated testing against the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 on a weekly basis. We scan 100% of our web pages, and test against all criteria in the guidelines which are possible to automate.

The weekly report is reviewed by the website development team, with any actions taken and prioritised into our future work. We aim to fix all high priority issues within one week of them being identified.

In addition, we conduct internal testing against known accessibility issues which are not able to be found through automated testing, on a sampled basis. 

What we are doing to improve

We are actively looking to improve the accessibility on our website.  

The improvements below have been identified on our current work schedule.


Accessibility improvement roadmap

Target date

Item of work

Type of work




Fixing broken links that point to the previous NIHR website. 



November 2019

Correcting tab order for some webpage templates to improve usability for keyboard only use.



December 2019

Ensure all links are displayed in a consistent and compliant manner.



November 2019

Search function improvements



December 2019

Ensure implementation of 3rd party functions (including Google Analytics, AddThis) meet accessibility requirements.