The new NIHR Journals Library was officially launched at an event in central London on 20 June, by Lord Howe the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality, Department of Health.
The NIHR Journals Library will provide full publication and open access to an extensive body of health research. It comprises a suite of five programme-specific journal series, published online, which are fully searchable and provide a comprehensive record of work funded by these NIHR programmes. Building on the success of the existing Health Technology Assessment journal, the library will give accessible full publication of findings of the research commissioned by these programmes and will provide an important permanent and comprehensive record of the work which has been funded.
The NIHR is the world’s first health research funder to publish comprehensive accounts of its commissioned research within its own peer-reviewed collection of journals, which provides more detailed information about the research projects, including protocols, study design, methodologies, interview transcripts and questionnaires, which is not normally included in other journals.
Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health said:
“This new resource is a key part of our commitment to open access and transparency, publishing research in detail, warts and all! Publication of NIHR funded research will enable wider dissemination, which will help to increase impact for more patients – not just in England but all over the world.”
Tom Walley, Editor-in-Chief, recognises how full publication of results will contribute to adding value in NIHR research.
“The NIHR Journals Library is a really important way to demonstrate the NIHR’s public accountability through the publication of complete results. The journals are a valuable resource for researchers and others who wish to assure themselves of the validity of the work.”
The NIHR research programmes participating in the NIHR Journals Library are:
- Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
- NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
- NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
- NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
- NIHR Public Health Research (PHR)
- MRC-NIHR Methodology Research (MRP)*
*Selected reports from the Methodology Research Programme (MRP), managed and jointly funded by NIHR and the MRC, will be published within the most relevant journal.
NIHR Journals Library
21 June 2013