Publications policy

Findings from all NIHR-funded research should be published in an appropriate form.

Chief investigators/lead researchers should refer to their funding contract to ensure that they comply with the terms and conditions regarding publication so that the NIHR is named and acknowledged appropriately to maximise awareness of the impact of the research we fund, nationally and internationally.

Full funding data helps track research from funding awards through to published output. Missing or incomplete acknowledgements impede citations in clinical guidelines for research impact evaluation. More information on this is available through BMJ Open.

When submitting a paper or article for publication, you should make sure:

  • the NIHR’s contribution is acknowledged in full*
  • a copy of the paper/article is sent to the relevant coordinating centre 28 days before it is due to be published
  • a copy of the final manuscript of any research papers supported in whole or in part by the NIHR is deposited with Europe PMC upon acceptance for publication, to be made freely available as soon as possible and in any event within six months of the journal publisher’s official date of final publication to meet our open access commitment
  • the principal award holder submits an end-of-project report within 14 days of the end of the study, in accordance with the research contract.

*Please note that although the Department of Health funds the NIHR, the Department of Health should not be named as the funder. The NIHR should be accredited as the funder.

How to acknowledge funding and affiliations in scientific journals

When publishing papers, articles and reports, authors must acknowledge all types of NIHR funding, support and affiliations such as:

  • research programme funding
  • whole or part funding by research centres or units
  • use of clinical research facilities, centres or units
  • fellowship awards
  • professional training awards
  • Senior Investigator awards
  • Research Professorship awards.

Studies supported by the Clinical Research Network should be encouraged to acknowledge the support provided by the Network.

The NIHR logotype

Research articles, papers and reports should not use the NIHR logotype, but must use a statement acknowledging funding/support together with the NIHR disclaimer.

Disclaimer

The independent nature of the research and its intellectual property provenance should be made clear by using a disclaimer along the following lines:

This article/paper/report presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

Amplification of research findings 

The NIHR and the Department of Health reserve the right to use data or other material from research that it funds for policy development and publicity activities. The NIHR and the Department of Health may publicise the outcome of NIHR-funded research studies through its website, in publications and in press releases where appropriate.