Journals Library

Title page

Title page


Your report should have a title that is accurate, clear and short – no more than 20 words. The title is important, in part, for ensuring that relevant reviewers are found and for enabling readers to find your published report. It should say what the report is about and include, within the word limit, the main methods. If there is an RCT, that should always be mentioned. Please try to avoid using terms like “the effectiveness of” or “researching into”.

The format of the title should be: Subject: main study method + acronym (if widely used).

If the report includes a randomised control trial, please include 'RCT' in the title after the colon. For example, “Anti-psychotic drug reduction for adults with learning disabilities: the ANDREA-LD pilot RCT”.

For Programme Grants for Applied Research, use the format: “Subject: the XXX research programme”.

Your title should be submitted with your final report. It will be reviewed during the editorial process for consistency and clarity.


Please provide a list of keywords for your report.  HTA and EME report authors are expected to use MeSH on Demand to generate appropriate keywords from their scientific summary.

Author List

Your title page must include details of authors’ names and their institutional affiliation at the time they worked on the report (including department, full address and country). If you would like to include a group or collaboration within your author list, please format this as “author 1, author 2, author 3... on behalf of the X group". Please also provide the corresponding author’s contact details (including email, telephone number and address).

Potential Conflict of Interest 

A conflict of interest (competing interests) declaration must also appear below the authors’ names. For example:

"Competing interests: XXXX has received funding from the pharmaceutical industry to attend an influenza-related conference"


"Competing interests: None declared"

Link open in a new windowThe NIHR Journals Library adopts the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) approach to conflicts of interest, as discussed in detail here:

As ICMJE states, "A conflict of interest exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients' welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Perceptions of conflict of interest are as important as actual conflicts of interest."

The NIHR Journals Library requires that all authors must complete the ICMJE declaration form for the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest. Authors are asked to note that this form asks for all potential conflicts and if in doubt, authors are asked to be inclusive in their declaration. In particular authors are reminded that ICMJE include the following as potential conflicts:

(1) Relevant financial activities outside the submitted work.

(2) Intellectual Property.

(3) Relationships not covered above.

(4) This includes details of other NIHR funding such as NIHR professorships and CLAHRC funding.

For further information please see the ICMJE Uniform Disclosure Form for Potential Conflicts of Interest (COI).