Journals Library


The following forms must be submitted with your report. Reports cannot proceed to editorial review without these forms. Please read the information below carefully and make use of the Editorial Criteria Checklist to ensure that you have all the required information before submitting your report.

Form Report type Details

Editorial Criteria Checklist ((pdf, 217 KB))Link open in a new window

  • Should be completed by the lead author
  • Use it as a guide when preparing your report

ICMJE Uniform Disclosure Form for Potential Conflicts of Interest (COI)Link open in a new window

  • Do not open this form in your browser. Instead, save it locally before making any edits
  • Each named author to complete this form (even if there are no competing interests)
  • Instructions are included to help you provide correct information, with a sample completed form also available on the ICMJE website
  • Do not include details of the main NIHR or MRC grant for your project in section 2 of the form. Only refer to any other payments received
  • Other funding from the NIHR (e.g Senior Investigator awards) must be declared
  • A declaration of any conflicts of interest, or absence of, must appear on the title page of your report below the authors’ names

Order of Authors Agreement ((pdf, 218.01 KB))Link open in a new window

  • Must be completed to show the order in which authors will appear in the published report
  • The lead author should arrange for each author to sign the form next to their name. They can sign different copies of the form provided that they sign in the correct position
  • All authors listed must satisfy the author criteria listed on the form (see Authorship)
  • All authors must provide an ORCiD*
  • If your report includes more than 25 authors, please download additional pages of the Order of Authors Agreement. ((pdf, 143.2 KB))Link open in a new window

Permissions Checklist ((pdf, 206.8 KB))Link open in a new window

  • Should be used to record the permissions that you have requested and been granted for use of material that has previously been published elsewhere (see Permissions for more information)
  • Needs to be completed and submitted even if no permissions are required

Consolidated Health Economics Evaluation Reporting Standards (CHEERS) ChecklistLink open in a new window

  • Must be completed by authors of reports which contain a substantial economic evaluation or cost effectiveness component
  • Provide relevant page numbers next to each item on the checklist, however it is not necessary to indicate every single instance of an item being included in your report. 
  • For more information about the checklist please visit the CHEERS Task Force webpage.

CONSORTLink open in a new window


CONSORT extension for abstractsLink open in a new window


PRISMALink open in a new window

Evidence syntheses / Systematic reviews  

STARDLink open in a new window

Diagnostic accuracy studies  

In the Order of Authors Agreement we ask you to provide an ORCiD iD for all authors. The Open Researcher and Contributors ID (ORCID) repository is an open, not-for-profit, community-driven initiative to resolve authorship confusion in scholarly work. When you register for an ORCiD iD, you are given a unique 16 digit identifier which correctly distinguishes your publications and other research activities from others who may have the same, or similar, name. The registration only takes 30 seconds to complete and is free of charge. You will then be able to use your iD for all future report submissions and for any submissions to other publishers who request this information.

Once you have registered, please also add your ORCiD iD to your contact details on the MIS. To do this, login to the system, select ‘Profile’ from the horizontal green tabs, then select “View My Contact Details”. You will then be able to add your iD to the ORCiD field and should then select “Save and Close”. We will use your ORCiD iD to organise the data on the Journals Library website and to ensure all of your work is correctly assigned to you. To register for an ORCiD iD visit:

For more information and help with ORCiD please visit or contact the NIHR Journals Library team.