Video abstracts


Video abstracts are an addition to papers that we offer our authors. The videos would be presented by the author, be of 1-3 minutes duration and give an overview of their paper so readers can get an idea of the content and motivation behind the paper.

The aim is to enable authors to personally explain the importance of their work to the reader. Video abstracts will enhance the reader's understanding and appreciation of an article through the accessible presentation of the main results and conclusions reported. To maximize engagement and visibility, authors are encouraged to combine footage of themselves with other relevant material of interest—such as footage of an experiment running or a lab tour.

The English video abstracts will be published with the paper and also provided to the journal indexing databases (eg, PubMed, MedLine, Embase, Scopus, CAS).

Video abstract examples:
Worldwide increase in diabetes: implications for tuberculosis control
Effects of magnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles on biological and artificial lipid membranes
• Effect of melatonin on nocturnal blood pressure
• Racial differences in endothelial microparticles
• Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles
• Everolimus-eluting stents

Editorial guidelines
Please adhere to the following guidelines when producing your video abstract.
• No longer than 3 minutes in duration.
• Introduce the topic of the article, highlight the main results and conclusions and discuss future potential developments in the field as a result of the work.
• The presentation should be understandable and accessible to users outside of the immediate field of the article.
• Inclusion of additional relevant material such as animations and lab footage is encouraged.
• Do not include small text that will be difficult to read.
• Video abstracts will only be accepted in English.
• Terms and conditions regarding the use and distribution of video abstracts will apply in line with the copyright statement of Dove Medical Press.
• Use only your own original work.  

Technical specifications
Video abstracts must meet minimum standards of quality for both video and audio components. In creating a video abstract, please meet the following specifications.
• Format: .mov, .mpg, .mp4, .avi, .flv, .wmv, WebM
• Maximum file size: 1 GB
• Up to 3 minutes in duration

Whilst it is always best to use professional video equipment to record your video abstract, we recognize that not all authors have access to such resources. If you have a mobile phone that produces reasonable quality video please feel free to use this. Before sending it to us always view the video yourself to ensure it is of adequate quality, ie. It is easy to see and hear everything on the video.

PLEASE NOTE: All video abstracts will be assessed for editorial suitability and quality by the editorial team. Any that are not of good enough quality will not be published.

Submission guidelines
Please send your single video abstract file via:

Follow the instructions onscreen:
• Type in your name in the ‘Full Name' field
• Type your email address in the ‘Email’ field
• For ‘Subject’ type in “Video abstract for ID xxxxx” (replace xxxxx with the submission ID of your paper)
• Type in any specific instructions into the ‘Message’ box (optional)
• Click ‘Select File’ button and upload your video abstract
• Click ‘Send it'

If you have any queries regarding video abstracts please contact us.

Updated 3 November 2015