Journals Library

Report contents

Report contents

You should provide a comprehensive report, including the data, methods, results and final conclusions together with management information and any other information relating to the project up to the completion date. However, please ensure that your writing is succinct.

Word count

As of 1st January 2017, the main body of all submitted reports (excluding PGfAR reports) must not exceed 50,000 words. This limit includes all text, tables, figures and boxes within the main body of the report. Please note that your report will not proceed to peer review if it is over this limit.

The limit does NOT include the abstract, scientific summary and plain English summary (which continue to have their own individual word limits). It also excludes the table of contents, references, appendices or other supplementary material. 

Report sections

All reports submitted to the NIHR Journals Library should contain the sections listed below, with reporting on patient and public involvement and dealing with confidential information being broader considerations throughout your report.

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Table of contents
  • List of tables and list of figures
  • Alphabetical list of abbreviations/glossary
  • Plain English summary
  • Scientific summary
  • Main body of report
  • Acknowledgements (including journal outputs, i.e. associated publications)
  • References
  • Appendices

You may find it useful to refer to published NIHR Journals Library reports to get an idea of the overall approach and format when preparing your report.

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation

If your report has been funded by the EME Programme and is a staged programme of work with go / no-go milestones the project should report once all stages that were agreed to go forward are completed. The report should cover all stages of the programme of work, providing a chapter for each stage and a final chapter drawing all the stages of the programme together.