Guidelines for preparing video summaries
Reach more of your community by submitting a short video summary for your Journal of General Physiology (JGP) article. Follow the steps and review our helpful presentation tips below.
- You may record yourself using a phone or webcam and/or voice over diagrams, graphs or any other visual element(s) that may help convey your findings and conclusions to a broad audience.
- Keep the video to less than 3 minutes.
- Save the video as an MP4.
- Name the file using the following format: JGP.Manuscript#.PresenterLastName
- Provide a text file containing the article title, a plain language description of the video and search keywords.
- Please submit your video with your final manuscript revision or within two weeks of receipt of your formal acceptance letter at the latest.
- We encourage first authors to present the results to increase their visibility, but it is up to the authors to choose who should feature.
- Your video summary should be approached in a similar way as an extended abstract, or a short poster presentation.
- In deciding what to include and leave out in your video summary, you should establish a clear take-home message and base your presentation around that.
- Your message should appeal to a non-specialist scientific audience: present your research as if at a general scientific meeting. Avoid excessive jargon and use simple graphics/visuals.
- Prepare your script in advance and speak slowly and clearly.
- Find a quiet area with no background noise and avoid backlight.
- Introduce yourself and your subject: "My name is Joan Smith from XYZ University and I'm going to describe my JGP paper entitled "The regulation of Protein X by Protein Y."
- Consider carefully which results you want to present in the video — if an experiment is not mentioned in your paper's abstract, it probably does not need to be included in the video.
- Avoid going into methodological detail, unless that is the focus of your article.
- State clearly and concisely what you concluded from each experiment and—if applicable—what further question it raised that you sought to address in the following experiment.
- Avoid describing in detail all the controls accompanying a particular experiment.
- Remember to engage your audience and have fun!
Uploading your video
Please confirm that you have used the following format to name your file: JGP.Manuscript#.PresenterLastName
We accept video submissions via upload to our Dropbox here.