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A novel approach to sharing all available information from funded health research: the NIHR journals library

A novel approach to sharing all available information from funded health research: the NIHR journals library
A novel approach to sharing all available information from funded health research: the NIHR journals library

Background: Relevant information on health research must be made publicly available in an accurate, timely and accessible manner if evidence is to inform practice and benefit patient care. Failure to publish research information represents a significant waste of research funds. However, recent studies have demonstrated that non-publication and selective or biased reporting remains a significant problem. The role of online publications in rectifying these issues by providing open access to study information is increasingly recognised. Objective: This paper details a novel approach to publishing research information developed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a major funder of health research in the United Kingdom. The NIHR has enhanced its Journals Library ( www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk ), providing an online repository of information from research funded through five programmes. We describe how the NIHR Journals Library provides a 'thread' of relevant information for each study, including protocols, participant information sheets, data linkages, final reports, publications and diverse knowledge products. We also discuss the Library as a 'living' resource, one that is updated as each study progresses from inception to completion. Finally, we consider the implications of the Library for the NIHR, other journals and research teams submitting information. Conclusion: Openly publishing information from funded research in the NIHR Journals Library serves as a model of knowledge sharing, maximising return on investment and enhancing the usability and replicability of research findings for different evidence-user communities. The Library also supports wider 'research on research' ambitions, enabling users to interrogate the repository of NIHR-funded studies, enhancing the understanding of research commissioning, design, dissemination and impact. Video abstract: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H03uxN_iTE.

Evidence-based practice, Information dissemination, Publishing
1478-4505
Wright, David
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Stein, Ken
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Milne, Ruairidh
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Wright, David, Williams, Elaine, Bryce, Colin, le May, Andrée, Stein, Ken, Milne, Ruairidh and Walley, Tom (2018) A novel approach to sharing all available information from funded health research: the NIHR journals library. Health Research Policy and Systems, 16 (1), [70]. (doi:10.1186/s12961-018-0339-4).

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Background: Relevant information on health research must be made publicly available in an accurate, timely and accessible manner if evidence is to inform practice and benefit patient care. Failure to publish research information represents a significant waste of research funds. However, recent studies have demonstrated that non-publication and selective or biased reporting remains a significant problem. The role of online publications in rectifying these issues by providing open access to study information is increasingly recognised. Objective: This paper details a novel approach to publishing research information developed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a major funder of health research in the United Kingdom. The NIHR has enhanced its Journals Library ( www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk ), providing an online repository of information from research funded through five programmes. We describe how the NIHR Journals Library provides a 'thread' of relevant information for each study, including protocols, participant information sheets, data linkages, final reports, publications and diverse knowledge products. We also discuss the Library as a 'living' resource, one that is updated as each study progresses from inception to completion. Finally, we consider the implications of the Library for the NIHR, other journals and research teams submitting information. Conclusion: Openly publishing information from funded research in the NIHR Journals Library serves as a model of knowledge sharing, maximising return on investment and enhancing the usability and replicability of research findings for different evidence-user communities. The Library also supports wider 'research on research' ambitions, enabling users to interrogate the repository of NIHR-funded studies, enhancing the understanding of research commissioning, design, dissemination and impact. Video abstract: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H03uxN_iTE.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 June 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 31 July 2018
Keywords: Evidence-based practice, Information dissemination, Publishing

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Local EPrints ID: 423093
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/423093
ISSN: 1478-4505
PURE UUID: 36aa089d-1e5c-4528-986f-bc0cf0cff4fb
ORCID for Ruairidh Milne: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5117-4380

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Date deposited: 14 Aug 2018 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 01:42

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