Journals Library


Applies to all contracts for all programmes from February 2021 standard contract.

Assuming that your report is accepted for publication, it will be published in the relevant programme journal.

Copyright © 2021 author et al. This work was produced by author et al. under the terms of a commissioning contract issued by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. This is an Open Access publication distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY 4.0 licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, reproduction and adaption in any medium and for any purpose provided that it is properly attributed.

See: For attribution the title, original author(s), the publication source – NIHR Journals Library, and the DOI of the publication must be cited. 

Permission to reproduce material from the published report is covered by the UK government’s non-commercial licence for public sector informationLink open in a new window.

If you submit papers arising from your report to other journals, where possible, any copyright agreement you sign should be in the form of a non-exclusive licence agreement as, under the terms of your contract, the DHSC has been assigned ownership of any report, executive summary, paper, abstract or other document provided under the contract. In addition, the contract grants DHSC an irrevocable non-exclusive licence in respect of any information, Intellectual Property, Results, Materials and conclusions arising from the research project.

Should the publisher of another journal insist on receiving an assignment of copyright, or an exclusive licence, this is possible only if:

  1. The publisher requires the assignment or exclusive licence to relate only to the published article;
  2. The published article is different to the Journals Library report (please see the Dual publication guidance for further information);
  3. You are able to secure the relevant permissions to reproduce any required material from the article in your Journals Library report (for example, tables and figures). Please see the Permissions guidance for further information.

If you require any assistance in this matter, please email