Journals Library

NIHR Journals Library New Publication Model

Introducing the NIHR Journals Library new publication model

The NIHR is introducing a new publication model, developing its innovative, threaded approach to making full accounts of NIHR-funded research available to evidence-users in a freely accessible, timely way.

Until now, projects in eligible NIHR programmes have published single comprehensive reports in the NIHR Journals Library at the end of their research, and some have published shorter articles in other journals too. The new model will tell the story of a research project through a coordinated collection of articles, published by the NIHR Journals Library or in an external journal. The articles will then be summarized in a synopsis and published in the NIHR Journals Library once the research has completed. Each publication within the NIHR Journals Library will be individually indexed, citable, assigned its own DOI, as well as having its own abstract and author list.

Reporting in individual articles means that results from components of the project can be made available for use as soon as they are ready and be more easily found in the research indexes. The new way of working should also help to reduce duplication of effort for those authors who already publish external papers as well as their NIHR monograph. The benefits of the existing monographs will be maintained through the synopses and through the editorial process which will consider the whole package of papers from a project to ensure full and transparent reporting.

The new model, using the principle of threaded-publication, will help researchers to efficiently maximise the visibility and reach of their work while upholding the NIHR’s values and principles of:

• Open Research and Open Access

• Transparent and complete publication

• Reducing the burden on researchers

• Ensuring best use of public money to benefit the health and wealth of the nation.

Researchers will continue to benefit from guaranteed publication in a high-quality journal, following rigorous peer review and editorial review, as well as a thorough production process. The new model may enable more members of research teams to develop their authorship skills.

What’s happened so far?

Starting with a pilot involving 12 projects, the new model is being designed and implemented in close collaboration with authors, research teams, peer reviewers, editors, and other stakeholders. The first article has now reached production and will publish in the coming weeks.

We now plan to move from pilot stage to a limited rollout. This will continue to evolve and finesse the process as more articles are published by a wider variety of projects.

We are also pleased to announce that we will also soon be launching a new journal, Global Health Research. This journal will follow the new model from the outset. Discussions are underway with Global Health Research teams to ensure the new approach supports and adds value to their dissemination plans, whilst continuing with the existing focus on collaboration and capacity building.

We are also seeking technological solutions to improve the user experience, with the ultimate objective being to establish the new publication model as the standard approach at the earliest opportunity. Look out for more news in the coming months.

Professor Lucy Chappell, CEO of the NIHR states:

“The NIHR Journals Library threaded publication model offers an innovative and smart solution to publishing that will benefit authors, the wider research community and patients and public, ensuring best use of public money to improve the health and wealth of the nation.

The new model supports NIHR’s commitment to ensuring value in research by providing complete publication, supporting earlier reporting of findings through a more streamlined offer to authors. It also continues to reflect NIHR’s commitment to the principles of open research by publishing transparent, full accounts of research in its open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Threaded publication allows the different elements of NIHR-funded research projects to be published individually and at the point that they are ready. All of these components will be available in one place, including links to any publications in other academic journals, alongside an overview of the whole project. This will ensure a complete account, without unnecessary duplication, which provides an overall response to the research question prioritised by the programmes to meet health and social care research needs.”

A video message from Professor Ken Stein, NIHR Journals Library Editor-in-Chief