Journals Library



The appendices should include information that, while relevant to the report, is not needed to understand and judge the methods or results of the research. Important information should be in the main body of your report.

Please ensure that your appendices include the following:

  • Literature searches – where these have been carried out the full electronic search strategy for at least one major database, including line numbering in numerical order and any limits used should be included as an appendix, so that the search can be reproduced
  • Questionnaires, interview guides, interview formats, observation guides, figures / tables of work-ups / formulae
  • Recruitment graphs
  • Sample participant responses
  • Supplementary information about interventions
  • Supplementary analyses
  • Tables of background data (please note that tables and figures in the appendices should be numbered sequentially with those in the main body of the report, and included in the lists of tables and figures)
  • Documentation to be included in the appendices should be provided as original files, not scans or photocopies. Please note that appendices will not be copyedited or typeset so it is important that documents submitted are of suitable quality for publication

Excessive transcripts from qualitative research should not be included. The journal editors may ask you to reduce the length of your appendices if the material is not considered relevant.

Placement of documents guidance

The NIHR Journals Library website provides a platform to showcase all information about your project in one place, creating a threaded publication of your research. Because of this, some of the information that would previously have been included within the final report can now sit on your project page on the website.

Please see our guidance for where we would usually expect different types of tables, figures and other documents to be placed—in the main report, appendices or project webpage.