Journals Library

About the HTA journal


Professor Hywel Williams

View Editors

Launched in 1997, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) has an impact factor of 4.236 and is ranked 8th (out of 90 titles) in the 'Health Care Sciences & Services' category of the Thomson Reuters 2016 Journal Citation Reports (Science Edition). It is also indexed by MEDLINE, CINAHL (EBSCO), EMBASE, NCBI Bookshelf, Europe PMC, NHS Evidence, the Cochrane Library, the British Nursing Index, the CRD Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE) and the Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index. 

HTA publishes research information on the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of health technologies for those who use, manage and provide care in the NHS.

The journal’s Technology Assessment Reports inform National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance. HTA research is also an important source of evidence for National Screening Committee (NSC) policy decisions. 


Evaluations of health technologies, including interventions to:

  • promote health
  • prevent and treat disease
  • improve rehabilitation and long-term care

Publication criteria

Reports are published in Health Technology Assessment if

  1. they have resulted from work for the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme, and
  2. they are of a sufficiently high scientific quality as assessed by the external reviewers and journal editors.


The HTA Programme is the largest of the NIHR programmes. It funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. The programme funds studies via a number of routes including commissioned and researcher-led workstreams. They may involve synthesising existing evidence, undertaking a trial, or other research to collect new data to answer a research problem.  View HTA research projects.

For further information on the HTA programme and its remit, please visit the programme pages on the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) website.  Research projects currently in progress can be viewed here.