JoVE Editorial Policies
- 1. Criteria for Publication
- 2. Editorial Decisions
- 3. Publishing Timeline
- 4. Publication Costs
- 5. Copyright and License Policies
1. Criteria for Publication
As a protocols journal, JoVE accepts articles based on scientific validity and degree of usefulness to the scientific community with an emphasis on the ability to effectively provide detailed information on how to perform a particular research procedure. Other criteria include coherence and clarity of presentation, compliance with research standards, technical quality, as well as general impact. These qualities are assessed by JoVE editors and referees, by way of peer review.
JoVE serves the research community as a scientific methods journal for efficient dissemination, reproduction and discussion of experimental approaches in biological, medical, chemical and physical research. Online video is used as a new and effective publication format as it ensures more efficient transfer of information than traditional text articles. JoVE publishes novel methods, innovative applications of existing techniques, and gold standard protocols. Detailed text and representative results accompany every video description of the experimental technique. At this time, JoVE only publishes protocols and methods with representative results. JoVE is not a results based journal.
To learn more about JoVE's objectives and scope, please see our About page or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
1.2 Animal and Human Research
Since JoVE articles contain both video and text components, authors must have explicit, written permission to show animals on film from the regulatory groups overseeing their studies. This permission may be in the form of an approved animal protocol, an addendum to a protocol, a letter from the animal use committee, or the equivalent. For protocols that use live animals (i.e. vertebrates and higher invertebrates), authors must state that all experiments were completed in accordance and compliance with all relevant regulatory and institutional guidelines. All manuscripts and videos must include a statement that the demonstrated protocol was approved by the authors animal use governing body. All articles involving laboratory animals are reviewed by JoVE's independent Veterinary Advisory Board to ensure compliance with these guidelines.
All studies involving human subjects must explicitly state that informed consent is required and has been obtained for the subjects in the video demonstration. Authors also must certify that their research has been performed in compliance with all institutional, national and international guidelines for human welfare. These statements must be made within both the manuscript and video. If questions or concerns arise regarding the use of animals or human subjects, reviewers may be contacted to provide advice. Human subjects in a film must have a signed Talent Release Form on file. Authors should also ensure that they have the proper permission from their institutional review board or other regulatory groups overseeing their studies to film subjects (i.e. include them in the JoVE article). Authors must make sure that subjects understand the format and distribution of the publication.
1.3 Submission of Previously Published Work
JoVE publishes articles reporting techniques that have never been published before as well as techniques that have been used to generate data published in results-based journals. In the case of the latter, JoVE encourages authors to publish the most recent version of the method, especially if the method has been improved upon since its original use.
In all cases, JoVE assumes that the text from the article does not overlap with text in any other article that is currently published or in any stage of the publication process elsewhere. JoVE expects that all of the text in the article is original (i.e. no self-plagiarism). If an author uses a representative result or figure from a prior publication, JoVE requires the author to obtain permission from the original publisher to use the information and provide the appropriate citation.
2. Editorial Decisions
JoVE editors work with authors, external peer reviewers and editorial board members to publish the best scientific practices in our journal. While we greatly value the input of our peer reviewers and editorial boards, final editorial decisions are made by JoVE's in-house editorial and production staff.
Some authors are invited to submit an article; however, this does not guarantee publication. In addition, the journal reserves the right to retract a manuscript at any point in the submission process if there are any concerns with its content.
2.1 Review Process
JoVE has a strong editorial and peer review driven publication process. Only articles that fit within the aims and scope of JoVE will be considered for publication by our experienced science editors. Each submitted manuscript undergoes a quality control evaluation, which relies on compliance with JoVE's Manuscript Instructions for Authors. Submissions may be returned to authors with revision suggestions and will not be sent to peer reviewers until they pass this quality control check. Authors are then provided with suggestions from peer reviewers and any additional comments from JoVE production editors. Peer reviewers are instructed to focus on questions of accuracy, rationale, limitations, and fair comparison to other existing techniques.
2.1.3 Veterinary Review
Videos that involve the use of laboratory animals, the completed article is reviewed by our specialist veterinary board to ensure compliance with animal welfare standards. Please note that authors are solely responsible for ensuring compliance with their local IACUC guidelines and obtaining permission to film, if required.
For more information on our guidelines for publishing animal research, please see Animal and Human Research.
2.1.4 Reviewer Selection
When submitting a manuscript, authors will be asked to suggest 6 peer reviewers and provide their contact information. Authors are encouraged to select reviewers who have expertise in the topic of study and are well-versed in the aspects of the technique presented. Authors should not recommend peer reviewers with whom they directly work, but recommendation of colleagues within their field is encouraged.
Authors also have the opportunity to request the exclusion of peer reviewers or editors from the peer review of their article. JoVE will respect these requests as long as they do not interfere with the rigorous and objective evaluation of the manuscript.
JoVE editorial staff will make the final decision regarding all peer review selections and exclusions. Please see our peer review guidelines and our policy on conflict of interest for more information.
JoVE requests that authorship is assigned to those who contributed to the content of the article. Contributions can be conceptual, developmental and physical. Authorship can be assigned based upon the conventions of specific fields. JoVE does not require that all authors appear in the video portion of the article, but please consider acknowledgement of all who do appear.
JoVE assumes that the corresponding author represents all authors during the publication process, but the published corresponding author may differ from that used for correspondence with the editorial office during the submission and publication process. It is recommended to select a long-term corresponding author for publication.
If any discrepancies in authorship arise, JoVE requires that all authors on the manuscript approve the authorship in writing. JoVE reserves the right to contact any individuals who the corresponding author asks to be added or removed from the list of authors.
2.3 Conflict of Interest
JoVE recognizes a possibility of financial, professional and other conflicts confronting authors, reviewers, and editors. Therefore, JoVE requires authors, board members, referees, and editors to disclose any association that poses a potential conflict of interests in connection with their role in the publication process. Disclosing a potential conflict provides the reader with the information necessary to independently assess the work but usually does not invalidate the author's submission or work done by reviewers.
Conflicts that must be declared or avoided include:
- A financial benefit exceeding $10,000 (annual)
- 5% ownership of a company
- Relationships with corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the article.
- Substantive ownership of stock
- Service on the directors' or advisory boards
- Receiving consultation fees
- Related patent applications
- Peer review by a direct coworker, collaborator or family member (peer review by a known colleague in the field is encouraged)
JoVE reserves the right to publish an erratum disclosing a conflict of interest related to a previously published paper. Authors, referees, or editors who have deliberately or recklessly failed to disclose conflicts of interest may be banned from publishing in JoVE for a period of time. This policy applies to all material published in JoVE.
If you have any concerns regarding a specific conflict of interest, please contact email@example.com.
2.3.1 Author Expectations:
During submission of their manuscripts, authors are required to disclose any conflict of interest. The corresponding author must ensure that all authors have been asked to disclose any and all conflicts of interest. When a conflict of interest is disclosed, either by an author or an editor, it is included in the published article.
In addition, authors are also required to recommend 6 peer reviewers during submission of their manuscripts. Authors should consider recommending peer reviewers with minimal conflicting interests as highlighted above. For more information on the review process please see Review Process and/or Reviewer Selection.
2.3.2 Reviewer Expectations:
During the peer review process, reviewers are required to disclose any conflict of interest in the online declaration form, including but not limited to all of the above conflicts. For more information on the review process please see Review Process and/or Reviewer Selection.
2.4 Acceptance Rate
Our acceptance rate is approximately 70% for the manuscript portion of the article. Authors are invited to revise a previously rejected manuscript according to editor and/or peer review comments and resubmit them as a new submission. Our Video produced by Author acceptance rate is significantly lower than our overall rate due to our stringent rules regarding video production quality. Less than 50% of the Video Produced by Author submissions will be accepted for publication in JoVE.
3. Publishing Timeline
3.1 Video Produced by JoVE
After submission, each manuscript will be editorially and peer reviewed, which is typically a 1-2 month process. Once a text article passes review, a script will be generated. Generally, a filming date will be scheduled within 4-8 weeks after acceptance. A videographer will be sent to the authors’ site to film a demonstration of the procedure. Authors will need to have everything prepared so filming can take place within one day. Please note: we ask that on the day of filming all parties involved arrive on time and prepared to film. Preparation includes, but is not limited to: the manufacturing and procurement of reagents, ensuring instrumentation is operational, cooperation during the scriptwriting process, having a clean/presentable lab and making sure experimental subjects are available. In the event of filming being delayed, aborted or requiring re-shooting due to a lack of organization from the client, JoVE reserves the right to charge the relevant days filming costs. A site re-visit to carry out further works may incur additional costs of up to $1,000.
Following filming, footage will be sent back to our video editing studio where it will be spliced together and professional voiceovers, text and graphics will be added. Once a rough cut is generated (typically 6-8 weeks post-filming) authors will have the opportunity to review the video to ensure it correctly represents their method. Any necessary scientific changes will be incorporated into the video. Following final author approval, the video and text article will be published on the JoVE website and indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE and SciFinder. The time from submission to publication generally takes 5-8 months. Please note that any protocol with animal work requires an additional veterinary review; these articles may take longer to be published.
3.2 Video Produced by Author
After submission of the manuscript and a low resolution version of your video (<50 MB), the manuscript and video will be reviewed by both our editorial and production staff. This review can take several weeks. Authors should only select this publication option if they are located outside of our videographer network and they or their colleagues have the technical expertise to edit video and audio. Authors will only have two rounds of revisions to comply with our stringent Video Produced by Author Criteria. If the text and video comply with our guidelines, both the text and a full resolution version of the video will be sent out for peer review. If accepted, the video and text article will be published on the JoVE website and indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE and SciFinder. Submission to publication generally takes 4-7 months. Please note that any protocol with animal work requires an additional veterinary review; these articles may take longer to be published.
4. Publication Costs
All JoVE submissions include a one-time fee to help cover the costs of publication. Your publication fee depends on your production type and access type.
4.1 Video Produced by JoVE
To partially cover the cost of scripting, videography, voiceover, editing, and publication expenses, you will be charged a production fee. Authors may choose to publish in standard access, meaning that the viewer needs to have a JoVE subscription to see the full article (list of subscribed institutions), or open access, meaning that anybody can read the protocol and watch the video. For more information, see our Author License Agreement. UK authors, please see our Author License Agreement UK and our page on UK compliance.
Standard access: $2400
Open access: $4200
4.1.1 Cancellation Fee
Video production costs money and resources. Please do not submit a manuscript that you do not intend to publish. Submissions may be canceled with no penalty up until the point at which a script has been generated. A fee of $1,200 will be charged if filming is canceled by the author after a script is written, in order to offset the cost of pre-production.
4.2 Video Produced by Author
Although there are no video production costs for author submitted videos, you will be charged a handling fee to offset IT and publication expenses. Authors may choose to publish in standard access, meaning that the viewer needs to have a JoVE subscription to see the full article (list of subscribed institutions), or open access, meaning that anybody can read the protocol and watch the video. For more information, see our Author License Agreement. UK authors, please see our Author License Agreement UK and our page on UK compliance.
Standard access: $1200
Open access: $3000
5. Copyright and License Policies
In general, authors own the copyright to the written article, but grant JoVE the exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual use of the article, regardless of access type. Video copyrights are owned by JoVE unless the author selects open access, where it is then published under the creative commons license (CRC 3.0, by,nc,nd). The author may use the video and article for non-commercial purposes. Full copyright information is available in our Author License Agreement, or for UK-funded authors our Author License Agreement UK.
5.1 Corporate Sponsorship and Commercial Use
JoVE does allow publication of corporate sponsored articles with the inclusion of necessary disclosures. Each manuscript, regardless of sponsorship, undergoes the same rigorous review process with the same author expectations. Disclosing corporate sponsorships provides the reader with the information necessary to independently assess the work, but should not invalidate the author's submission and work done by reviewers.
Under JoVE's article and video license agreement, authors may only use their article (text and video) for noncommercial purposes. Should the author wish to use the article or video for commercial purposes (i.e. using it for marketing a product or any other for-profit venture), the authors must contact JoVE's business development team (http://industry.jove.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
JoVE does encourage its authors to use their virtual reprint for academic and educational purposes, as this fulfills our mission of increasing the dissemination of scientific techniques. Authors should feel free to embed the video on their lab website and use the video at educational and scientific meetings. To do this, please contact your editor or email@example.com.