Journals Library

Publication ethics

We take an active role in the prevention of plagiarism, falsification of data, fabrication of results and other areas of ethical misconduct. All journals in the NIHR Journals Library are members of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)Link open in a new window. This is a UK-based charity, with over 7000 members worldwide from all academic fields. COPE advises editors and publishers on how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct.

Plagiarism detection software will be used to check reports submitted to the NIHR Journals Library. 

Should there be concerns that a project suffered misconduct in research, publication, or professional behaviour, the case may be discussed in confidence with the editorial board, or referred to COPE or any other relevant authorities.

We support the use of a declaration of transparency. For further information please see the Equator website:  

When preparing your report please ensure that you follow the guidance on Authorship, Data sharing and Dual Publication.