Journals Library


About the Journals

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the world’s first health research funder to publish comprehensive accounts of its commissioned research within its own publicly and permanently available journals. The NIHR Journals Library comprises a suite of five open access peer-reviewed journals reporting results from a range of health research areas:

Reports published in the NIHR Journals Library provide a full account of the research project, including methods and a full description of the results. The full reports complement shorter articles submitted for publication in other peer-review journals which the NIHR actively encourages researchers to do as part of their dissemination strategy.

Full description of research
Positive, neutral and negative results reported
Peer-reviewed and copy-edited
Published in an open access journal  

Read an interview with Professor Tom Walley, Editor-in-Chief, NIHR Journals Library 2013-2018.

Publication Process

Editorial office

Our dedicated publishing and production teams, along with a network of experts, ensure that we continue to publish high-quality, trusted research. Final reports are delivered to the editorial office at the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) at the University of Southampton. We manage the editorial review process between the editors, reviewers and authors, ahead of sending the report to the production house. We take an active role in ensuring that our editorial process is responsible and transparent and our authors are expected to meet publishing ethical requirements. We also co-ordinate the editorial boards, and manage the relationship with the production house. 

For details of how to contact the Editorial Office, please see the contact us page.

Expert reviewers

Our community of reviewers plays a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of the Journals Library. Reviewers are usually sourced from our database of experts, from author suggestions, or from peer-to-peer recommendations. Typically, for each report, four reviewers are chosen for suitability by the editors, and will cover a variety of relevant areas in their reviews. The Journals Library has a system of single blind review, where authors do not know who has reviewed or edited their final reports. If you would like to be a reviewer, please register.

Production house

Our production house, Prepress Projects, is based in Perth, Scotland. We have a dedicated project management team at Prepress who are responsible for managing the production stage following editorial review. This involves copy-editing, typesetting and producing the electronic files of reports. When reports reach Prepress, they are copy-edited and proofread by professional writers and proof-readers who liaise directly with the report authors and editors.


The NIHR Journals Library is committed to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.

Editorial Boards and Groups

The NIHR Journals Library editors work across all of the journals. They review final reports alongside reviewer comments, and ensure that authors meet the required standards for publication in the Journals Library. They meet three times a year to discuss live publishing issues, the development of the journals and to revise and review publishing policies and guidance.

Professor Ken Stein
Editor-in-Chief, NIHR Journals Library

Professor Andrée Le May
Editor-in-Chief, PGfAR, PHR & HS&DR Journals

Professor John Powell
Editor-in-Chief, HTA & EME Journals

NIHR Journals Library Editors

Open Access

Total and complete publication of research findings is part of the NIHR’s commitment to the principles of open access and adding value to all stages of research, ensuring best use of public money to benefit the health and wealth of the nation.

All journals in the NIHR Journals Library are open access and are free to view and download online (print copies can be purchased from the individual report pages). Health Technology Assessment is indexed on MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, Europe PubMed Central, the Cochrane Library and the Clarivate Analytics Science Citation Index. The four new journals within the NIHR Journals Library will over time fulfill the requirements to be indexed in a similar way.

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), in association with a number of other UK biomedical funders, is a partner in an initiative to establish Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC).

Led by the Wellcome Trust, the aim of this initiative is to create a stable, permanent and free-to-digital archive of the full text, peer reviewed research publications (and datasets) that arise from research funded through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other members of the Europe PMC Funders Group.

Please see the NIHR Policy on Open Access for its funded research.

Members of the NIHR Journals Library editorial boards and groups are required to declare any interests which conflict, or may be considered to conflict, with NIHR business, or may be perceived as influencing decisions made in the course of their work within the NIHR. All members are asked to complete the Register of Interest form (annually), which is intended to capture long term predictable interests that could be perceived to lead to conflicts of interest. These and other interests are judged on a case by case basis at individual meetings. View the Register of Interests for the editorial boards and groups.


Ensuring that our published research is open access is an important part of our commitment to transparency. We are also transparent about what our editorial process entails and are responsible in our approach to editorial reviewThis ensures that the research published in our journals is trustworthy and of high-quality. Our Information for Authors includes comprehensive information about the editorial process and we provide full details of the requirements for our peer reviewers 

We ask our authors to follow our guidance on publication ethics and support the use of a declaration of transparency (for further information please see the Equator website:  

Readers of our journals are able to respond to published research through electronic letters to the editor.   

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). 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 is used to check all 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:  

Please see our policies for more information about our requirements for authors.