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About the HTA journal


Professor John Powell

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Launched in 1997, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) has an impact factor of 3.819 and is ranked 15th (out of 98 titles) in the 'Health Care Sciences & Services' category of the Clarivate 2018 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 journal will only publish findings from NIHR-funded research, therefore speculative submissions are not considered and there are no article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges for authors.

Publication process

Final reports are delivered to the editorial office at the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) at the University of Southampton. We manage the editorial review process between the editors, reviewers and authors, ahead of sending the report to the production house. We also co-ordinate the editorial boards, and manage the relationship with the production house. 

In preparing and submitting their HTA report, researchers are expected to follow the Information for authors guidance. We take an active role in the prevention of plagiarism, falsification of data, fabrication of results and other areas of ethical misconduct. Please see the Information for authors for more information about our plagiarism policy.

Our community of reviewers plays a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of the journal. Reviewers are usually sourced from our database of experts, from author suggestions, or from peer-to-peer recommendations. Typically, for each report, four reviewers are chosen for suitability by the editors, and will cover a variety of relevant areas in their reviews. HTA has a system of single blind review, where authors do not know who has reviewed or edited their final reports. Please see our be a reviewer page for more information.

Our production house, Prepress Projects, is based in Perth, Scotland. We have a dedicated project management team at Prepress who are responsible for managing the production stage following editorial review. This involves copy-editing, typesetting and producing the electronic files of reports. When reports reach Prepress, they are copy-edited and proofread by professional writers and proof-readers who liaise directly with the report authors and editors.

All reports published in HTA are open access. For further information please see the Journals Library open access statement.

The NIHR Journals Library is committed to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.


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.