After your Final Research Report (FRR) completes peer review, PCORI prepares to make your research results public. First, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Translation Center prepares summaries of the FRR for the public and healthcare professionals.

We will post both summaries on PCORI’s website within 90 days of final approval of your report. Simultaneously, we will prepare your FRR for posting on our website no later than 12 months after we accept it.

I. Preparing the FRR for Dissemination

Your FRR will be formatted and copyedited in preparation for posting to the PCORI website. The copyeditors check the list of references and verify that the report conforms to our style guide for FRRs. They will also look for inconsistencies in the report, like referring to the wrong table or omitting a literature citation. We will send you a final version of your report with any of these remaining questions or comments for you to address.

The final, copyedited research report will be posted in a protected PDF format on your research project’s web page so that readers will be able to read the full report.

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II. Timing the Publication of the FRR

Our Process for Peer Review of Primary Research and Public Release of Research Findings policy calls for PCORI to post the full FRR within 12 months of the report’s final acceptance following peer review. We believe this is a reasonable timeframe, but we have built in some flexibility for awardees whose papers are under revision after journal peer review or in press as that 12-month deadline approaches.

We share our awardees’ desire to publish the results of their funded work in a peer-reviewed journal. Please note that many journals will not consider manuscripts containing results that are publicly available elsewhere. For this reason, PCORI encourages our awardees to submit their main results paper for publication as soon as possible after the study is finished. To avoid disappointment, begin work early on any manuscript that you hope to publish.

III. Making Your FRR Easy to Find

DOI Number Assignment

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number is a unique, permanent label attached to a document to enable finding it on the internet. Each FRR is assigned a DOI before we post it on our website. You will be sent your DOI number with the citation information once we post the report to the PCORI website. The FRR will be searchable through most internet search engines once it has a DOI number. Entering the DOI number into an internet search will bring up the web page for the specific FRR.

Citation Information

PCORI hopes that you will cite your FRR when appropriate. The complete citation for the FRR will be listed on its title page upon posting. It will also be included on your PCORI research results web page along with the report’s DOI.

Citation Example

Allen B, Curry A, West W. et al. (2019). Introduction of Forced vibration and the effect on ocean seismic activity. Washington, DC: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

National Library of Medicine's Bookshelf

Once we post your FRR on our website, we will submit it to the National Library of Medicine’s Bookshelf, an archive for books on the life sciences and healthcare documents other than journal publications. Through Bookshelf, the final report will be searchable through PubMed and related international databases for medical literature. Readers will be able to download a web-based or PDF version of your final report or follow a link back to the PCORI results page to see the report. You will have an opportunity to opt out of archiving your report on Bookshelf. View the PCORI final reports that have already been added to Bookshelf.

IV. Important Reminders


The awardee, usually the institution or organization that received funding for the project, retains the copyright for FRR. As referenced in the PCORI Standard Contract for Funded Research, "[The awardee institution] shall own the rights to . . . works created under the contract award. [Awardee] grants to PCORI [permission] to reproduce, publish, distribute, and disseminate [the works] created for public purposes that are consistent with PCORI’s mission and Authorizing Law."

PCORI adds a copyright statement at the end of the FRR, but the statement can be modified if your institution requires different language. The statement also includes a disclaimer stating that the work is the responsibility of the authors only and an acknowledgement that PCORI funded the work.

Standard copyright language

Copyright © 20xx. [Awardee institution].  All Rights Reserved.

Disclaimer and Acknowledgement

Along with the copyright language, the FRR will receive the same PCORI disclaimer and acknowledgment of funding as required for your other publications stemming from this research project:


The [views, statements, opinions] presented in this report are solely the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®), its Board of Governors or Methodology Committee.


Research reported in this report was [partially] funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®) Award (#PCORI ID). Further information available at: [PROJECT SUMMARY PAGE LINK]

Posted: November 13, 2019; Updated: October 21, 2022

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