Sources of Research

Sources of Research

This section provides access to the major sources of research.

Essential evidence – the benefits of cycling and walking in Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council use key evidence from peer-reviewed literature to strengthen the case for current policies and practice.

Evidence on a page – fact or fiction

The National Obesity Observatory is producing a new series of one page evidence summaries – ‘Evidence on a page’.
The first of the series looks at the role of breakfast in maintaining a healthy weight .

Cardiff Institute of Society health and Ethics (CISHE)

CISHE is a collaborative venture between Cardiff University (Cardiff School of Social Sciences and Cardiff Law School) and the University of Wales College of Medicine. CISHE conducts and co-ordinates multidisciplinary research, with a strong contribution from the social sciences and within the related domains of biomedicine, health services, public health and bioethics.
For more information on the work of CISHE please visit the CISHE website

DECIPHer: Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health ImpRovement

The DECIPHer Centre is a strategic partnership between the Universities of CardiffBristol and Swansea, in collaboration with key organisations concerned with public health policy and practice in Wales and the South West of England. The centre brings together experts from a range of disciplines to tackle public health issues including diet and nutrition, physical activity, and alcohol, tobacco and drugs. There will be a particular focus on developing and testing interventions that will have an impact on the health and health behaviours of children and young people.

Health Promotion Library

The Health Promotion Library is the national library in Wales for information on health promotion and public health. The library is free to join for anyone in Wales. To access the Health Promotion Library visit

Sport Wales – Research and Policy

Sport Wales’ provides evidence on issues, processes, and outcomes to inform the development and delivery of policy relating to sport in Wales.–policy/about-research/what-we-do.aspx


The NHS Wales E-Library for Health is an online facility established for all NHS staff working within Wales. The service provides access to over 330 e-journals, electronic textbooks & handbooks, bibliographic databases and a variety of other information services. To access the library visit

The Cochrane Library provides access to independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. To access the Cochrane Library visit

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s database which contains reference to journal articles in life sciences with a focus on biomedicine. To access the database visit

The EMBASE database provides access to biomedical and pharmacological literature. To access the database visit


Public Health Related Journals

Journal of Public Health

The Journal of Public Health focuses on current theory and practice within the whole spectrum of public health and covers planning, provision and evaluation of health services. For more information visit the Journal of Public Health website .

The European Journal of Public Health

The European Journal of Public Health is a multidisciplinary journal in the field of public health, publishing contributions from social medicine, epidemiology, health services research, management, ethics and law, health economics, social sciences and environmental health. For more information visit the European Journal of Public Health website .

International Journal of Obesity

International Journal of Obesity provides an international, multi-disciplinary forum for the study of obesity. The journal publishes basic, clinical and applied studies and also features a quarterly pediatric highlight. To find out more about the journal click on

Obesity Reviews

Obesity Reviews is a review journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity which published papers from all disciplines relating to obesity. For more information visit the Blackwell Publishing website .

Nutrition Related Journals

Public Health Nutrition

Public Health Nutrition is a peer-reviewed journal published on behalf of the Nutrition Society. The journal provides an international perspective and focuses on the promotion of good health through nutrition and the primary prevention of nutrition related illness in the population. To find out more about Public Health Nutrition visit the Nutrition Society website .

Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics is published on behalf of the British Dietetic Association. It is an international peer-reviewed journal which publishes papers in applied nutrition and dietetics. To find out more about the journal visit the Blackwell Publishing website.

British Journal of Nutrition

The British Journal of Nutrition is a peer-reviewed journal published on behalf of the Nutrition Society. The journal encompasses the full spectrum of nutritional science including epidemiology, dietary surveys, nutritional requirements and behaviour, metabolic studies, body composition, energetics, appetite, obesity, ageing, endocrinology, immunology, neuroscience, microbiology, genetics and molecular and cell biology. To find out more about the journal please visit the Nutrition Society website .

Nutrition Research Reviews

Nutrition Research Reviews is a peer-reviewed journal published on behalf of the Nutrition Society. This Journal provides concise, thoughtful reviews of key topics on all aspects of nutrition science. Authors are encouraged to take a critical approach in appraising the literature and to advance new concepts and hypotheses. To find out more about please visit the Nutrition Society website.

Proceedings of the Nutrition Society

Proceedings of the Nutrition Society publishes review papers presented by invited speakers who are recognised international experts in their field and abstracts of volunteer communications presented by members at the scientific meetings of The Nutrition Society. To find out more about the journal please visit the Nutrition Society website .

Physical Activity Journals

Journal of Physical Activity and Health

The Journal of Physical Activity and Health published original research and review papers examining the relationship between physical activity and health. The journal examines how physical activity influences health and the interventions that may affect physical activity on an individual or population basis. To find out more about the journal visit

Other Sources of Research

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) 

The Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network produces evidence based guidelines for NHS Scotland. The evidence used to produce the guidelines is national and international and has been extensively critically appraised. For more information visit