Journals Library

Terms and Conditions

Responding to reports

Anyone can respond to any report published on

Responses are electronic letters to the editor. They enable our readers to debate issues raised in research reports published in the Journals Library. We aim to post within 2 working days all responses that contribute substantially to the topic investigated, as determined by the Editors.

How to send a response

When you have found the report that you would like to respond to, click on the “Responses” tab.

Fill in the form, typing or cutting and pasting your response into the box under “Enter response message”. Note the message at the foot of the form that by submitting your response, you are stating that you agree to the terms and conditions.

Enter the letters that you can see in the CAPTCHA image into the final box; these characters have been generated automatically as a spam filter to determine whether you are human or machine. Click on “Submit response.”

A message will appear on the "Responses" tab stating that your response has been posted and will be reviewed shortly. This confirms that your response has arrived at the NIHR Journals Library to be considered for posting.

Terms and conditions for responses

When you submit a response, you agree to the following terms and conditions, which may be amended from time to time:

  • You must declare any competing interests.
  • We aim at posting within 2 working days all responses that contribute substantially to the topic and it is at our absolute discretion whether we publish any particular response.
  • We will not post responses that we consider inappropriate. We will make our own decision about what we consider inappropriate and the Editors’ decision to post or not to post is final. Particular attention should be given to ensure that your response does not contain: language which is libellous, defamatory, indecent, obscene or otherwise unlawful; language which is culturally sensitive or which could cause offence to any individual(s) or organisation(s).
  • Anyone can respond to any report published.
  • Please do not include information in your response about people, places and organisations that may lead to them being identified unless you have permission from those affected to be included.
  • You are responsible for the accuracy of what you say in your response.
  • Your name and affiliation (what you enter in the Affiliation/Employer box) will be published with your response.
  • Once published, you will not have the right to remove or edit your response. The Editors may add, remove, or edit comments at their absolute discretion both before and after posting.