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- 1. Objectives
- 2. Aims and Scope
- 3. Criteria for Publication
- 4. Review Process
- 5. Acceptance Rate
- 6. Publishing Timeline
- 7. Publication Costs
JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) 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 both 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.
2. Aims and Scope
JoVE accepts protocol articles from all areas of science, focusing on the life sciences, including Neuroscience, Immunology, Infectious Disease Research, Clinical and Translational Medicine, Bioengineering, Cell Biology, Applied Physics, Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Psychology, and others.
JoVE has several subsections covering areas of particular scientific interest.
2.1 JoVE Neuroscience
JoVE Neuroscience includes techniques from a wide variety of fields, focusing on those intended to lend insight into the structure, function, physiology and pathophysiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Areas of techniques covered include, but are not limited to:
- Systems neurobiology
- Development and neural plasticity
- Cellular and molecular neurobiology
- Animal behavioral testing
- Human and animal brain imaging
- Neurobiology of disease
2.2 JoVE Immunology and Infection
JoVE Immunology and Infection (JoVE: I2) includes video articles demonstrating seminal and novel techniques in the fields of immunology and infectious diseases. The scope of the section includes but is not limited to protocols that address the following topics:
- Basic biology of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, and infectious prions
- Biology and roles of vectors in microbe life cycles
- in vitro and in vivo modeling of pathogenesis
- Immune response to infection and tumors
- Immune cell development
- Autoimmune responses and diseases
- Allergic diseases
2.3 JoVE Clinical and Translational Medicine
JoVE Clinical and Translational Medicine (JoVE: CTM) is a primary reference and educational resource for scientists and physicians. Articles typically document medical procedures, case reports, clinical trials and translational medicine with direct bedside application. Areas of techniques covered include:
- Animal models of diseases
- Surgical subspecialties
- Internal medicine
- Clinical trials
- Behavioral health
- Best medical practice
- Medical and nursing teaching resources
2.4 JoVE Bioengineering
JoVE Bioengineering focuses on techniques in which the principles of engineering, mathematics and physics are applied to problems associated with the life sciences. This rapidly growing area of research includes but is not limited to:
- Advanced Instrumentation
- Cell and Tissue Engineering
- Computational Biology
- Synthetic Biology
- Bio-MEMS and Microfluidic Devices
- Biomimetics and Biomaterials
2.5 JoVE Applied Physics
JoVE Applied Physics (Established in July 2012) focuses on the experimental disciplines within physics, as well as mechanical and electrical engineering. Interdisciplinary fields such as materials science and chemical physics are welcomed. Instrumentation is encouraged from all fields especially optics, photonics, and astronomy. The scope of the section includes but is not limited to:
- Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
- Condensed matter physics
- Solid state physics
- Plasma physics
- Fluid mechanics
- Mechanical engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Materials science and engineering
2.6 JoVE Chemistry
JoVE Chemistry (Established in February 2013) focuses on the methodology within chemistry and chemical preparation across multidisciplinary fields. This section welcomes articles detailing new technology and novel twists on existing methodologies. In addition, this section aims to incorporate the preparation, use and analysis of novel materials and structures. The scope of this section includes but is not limited to:
- Organic chemistry
- Inorganic chemistry
- Chemical biology
- Physical and analytical chemistry
- Green and microscale chemistry
- Polymer chemistry
- Surface and colloidal chemistry
2.7 JoVE Behavior
JoVE Behavior (opening in June, 2013) includes both observational and experimental techniques that seek to understand human and animal behavior, implicated brain regions, related physiological changes, and underlying genetic causes. The scope of section includes but is not limited to:
- Cognition (Attention, Decision Making, Reasoning, Perception)
- Sexual and Motivational Behaviors
- Social Behaviors
- Learning and Memory
- Sleep and biological rhythms
- Language Processing
- Control of Movement
2.8 JoVE Environment
JoVE Environment (opening in September, 2013) is a multidisciplinary section devoted to the publication of research methods employed in environmental science and green technologies, from biofuels to oceanography to atmospheric sciences. Special consideration is given to experimental techniques and approaches aimed at understanding the Earth, protecting natural resources and creating a more sustainable and environmentally-conscious planet. The scope of this section includes but is not limited to:
- Renewable energy and sustainable materials
- Environmental engineering
- Basic and applied ecology
- Ecotoxicology and ecological health
- Marine biology and oceanography
- Soil and agricultural sciences
- Forestry and botany
- Atmospheric science and climate modeling
3. Criteria for Publication
As a protocols journal, JoVE accepts articles based on scientific validity and degree of usefulness to the scientific community or in other words, the ability to effectively provide information on how to perform a particular research protocol. 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.
For a more detailed description of JoVE’s publication policies please see our Editorial Policies.
4. Review Process
Regardless of video production, each submitted manuscript undergoes an in-house quality control check, 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.
4.1 Articles with videos produced by JoVE
JoVE has a strong editorial driven review process. We do this because we are a novel publication paradigm and have found it necessary to have strong editorial oversight. Only articles that fit within the aims and scope of JoVE and are deemed suitable for publication by our professional science editors will be sent out for peer-review.
Peer-review and JoVE internal review occur simultaneously. Authors are provided with suggestions from both peer-reviewers and a JoVE editor. Peer-reviewers are instructed to focus on questions of rationale, limitations, and fair comparison to other existing techniques.
The JoVE production editor may ask for changes that address clarity, particularly in the step-by-step protocol portion of the submission.
4.2 Articles with videos produced by the Author
Author produced videos and accompanying text are assessed for adherence to our criteria for publication by our professional team of science editors. In these cases, the entire submission, including written and video components, is sent for peer-review.
4.3 Veterinary review
In the case of both JoVE and author produced 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.
5. Acceptance Rate
Our acceptance rate is approximately 70% for the manuscript portion of the article. Authors are invited to resubmit previously rejected manuscripts in which revisions according to editor and/or peer review comments are appropriately addressed. Our author produced video acceptance rate is significantly lower than our overall rate due to our stringent rules surrounding the video production quality. Only a fraction of the submitted author produced videos will go on to be published in JoVE.
6. Publishing Timeline
6.1 Videos Produced by JoVE
After submission of the manuscript, it will be editorially and peer-reviewed. If the text article passes review, a script will be generated. Generally, a filming date will be scheduled for 4-8 weeks after acceptance. A videographer will be sent to the author’s 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, have 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 studios where it will be spliced together and professional voiceovers, animations and other text and graphics added. Once a rough cut is generated (typically 6-8 weeks post-filming) authors will get to review the video to ensure it correctly represents their protocol. 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. In general, it takes 5-8 months from submission to publication. Please note that any protocol with animal work requires an additional veterinary review; these articles may take longer than normal to be published.
6.2 Videos 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 or their colleagues have the technical expertise to edit video and audio; frequently, authors need to make multiple revisions to the video to meet our internal criteria. If the video meets our stringent author produced video criteria, 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. In general, it takes 4-7 months from submission to publication. Please note that any protocol with animal work requires an additional veterinary review; these articles may take longer than normal to be published.
7. 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.
7.1 Videos 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, which means that the viewer needs to have a JoVE subscription to see the full article (list of subscribed institutions), or open access, which means that anyone can read the protocol and watch the video. For more information, see our author license agreement. UK authors, please see our page on RCUK compliance.
- Standard access: $2400
- Open access: $4200
7.1.1 Cancellation Fee
Video production costs money and resources. So please, don’t submit a manuscript that you do not wish 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.
7.2 Videos 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, which means that the viewer needs to have a JoVE subscription to see the full article (list of subscribed institutions), or open access, which means that anybody can read the protocol and watch the video. For more information, see our author license agreement.
- Standard access: $1200
- Open access: $3000
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