Learn at lightning speed
Dr. Leonard Khiroug, Adjunct Professor & Unit Head, Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki
It took us 2 weeks instead of 1 year to learn a new surgery technique published in JoVE.
JoVE saved us from hiring a new person
Dr. Mary Wallingford, Senior Fellow, University of Washington
Visualizing the experimental techniques greatly decreases the time it takes to perform a new technique with high efficacy. By using JoVE I was able to improve dissection techniques saving the lab time and money. I was also able to learn new techniques that saved the lab from having to hire new personnel to collect the samples (this would have been a ~$40,000 salaried position).
Advancing our research by six months
Dr. Michele Calos, Professor, Department of Genetics, Stanford University
By watching a technique on a JoVE video, we realized that we could potentially do the technique, which was critical for advancing our research. We previously had no clear idea about how it was done and thought we would have to wait for bringing an expert to our institution from Europe to teach us. By watching the video, we were able to familiarize ourselves with the method and find an appropriate collaborator at Stanford who could help us with the method. By showing him the JoVE video, he realized that he would be able to carry it out. We are now successfully doing the procedure quite routinely. This has advanced our research by at least six months. I used our preliminary results in a recent grant application, which may lead to significant funding for the research next year. Thank you, JoVE!
Eliminate the fear factor
Dr. Monica Burdick, Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Ohio University
Seeing techniques saves a lot of explaining, especially when the techniques are difficult to describe in words. JoVE articles are like having professionals show best practices in completing given techniques, which reduces the "fear factor" for users without a lot of lab experience when adopting a new method.
An ideal platform
Dr. Thomas Oellerich, Center for Internal Medicine, Goethe University
Written protocols are often not detailed enough to show how techniques really work. JoVE is an ideal platform to share and learn novel techniques
Students were prepared for lab in half the time
Dr. Keith Miller, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Mount Union
Using JoVE, students can visualize how a technique functions and how to set it up before coming to lab and can rewatch the video multiple times compared to my single lecture. Instead of spending 30 minutes to an hour rehashing how the technique works and how to set it up, students were prepared in half the time to start the lab. When biochemistry labs are only 3 hours long, it is wonderful to be able to save any bit of time. JoVE videos have made the lab experience for the students much more meaningful.
Execute techniques more successfully
Dr. Avijit Ray, Research Scientist, Blood Research Institute, BloodCenter of Wisconsin
I would like to thank the JoVE team for providing this very useful video format for research methods that enables numerous researchers worldwide to learn new techniques very easily without spending a lot of time and money. Video promotes easier and quicker learning of new methods, and provides detailed information about every step which helps in successful execution of the technique.
Videos are clear and rich in detail
Dr. Myrna Miller, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Sciences, Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory
The [Science Education] laboratory technique videos are excellent visual teaching tools. Not only are the techniques demonstrated, but the theory and background of the assay are well described. It is difficult to cover these topics in a lecture, and even in classes that have laboratory sections, it is impossible to cover the techniques and topics with the clarity and in as much detail as is provided by the video database.
Real science (even the unglamorous parts)
Dr. Aaron Haselton, Associate Professor of Biology, SUNY- New Paltz
The ability to see how materials are manipulated provides far more information than a traditional journal article and eliminates much wasted time/inefficiency. I have also found that seeing the reality of how other researchers set up and conduct their experiments has improved my student's confidence in the lab (yes, other laboratories sometimes rely on hot glue and duct tape).
Elucidating the basics
Jesse Matherly, Undergraduate Student, University of Kentucky
JoVE's video format allows readers or viewers to see minor details of an experiment or method that (by nature) cannot be included in a text paper. I have found myself asking questions like "What is a membrane?" when reading about a Western Blot, or "Does this DNA stain come in a powder, or is it in a vial?" Questions like this may seem basic or trivial, but for those unfamiliar with the field, small details like this can make text papers difficult to follow and understand.
Performing surgery twice as quickly
Jeroen Aerts, Ph.D. Candidate, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Students successfully performed cranial window surgery in approximately one hour when seeing it on JoVE when normally students would take 2 hours to complete.
As close to hands-on science as you can get
Dr. Tara Perrot, Professor & Acting Chair of Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Dalhousie University
By having videos (very professional videos!) as part of the published article, readers are able to gain a much better perspective of the methodology. For some methods, especially those in the behavioural neuroscience field, this is very valuable. Such articles would be a great asset for research trainees of all levels and would also be a great teaching resource since we strive to provide our undergraduate students from the earliest stages with hands-on (or as close as we can get) experience with research.
Dr. Cindy Bennington, Professor of Biology, Stetson University
I often use videos that are freely available on the internet to introduce topics to students. These are generally made for an audience that has little scientific background. Sometimes that's okay, but I very much appreciated the scientific rigor that was that presented in the JoVE videos.
Keep up with ever-changing techniques
Dr. Bonnie Dittel, Senior Investigator, Blood Research Institute, BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Often techniques have certain nuances to them that cannot be conveyed in print, and techniques change so rapidly it is difficult to keep up. JoVE helps bring techniques to the laboratory without the sometimes months worth of trial and error.
JoVE is making procedures easier to understand
Dr. Reiner Bleher, Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
This is a unique journal that publishes videos and protocols of experimental techniques and in this way successfully makes sophisticated procedures easier to understand. This is of great value for researchers who want to add techniques to their lab, as well as for any researcher who needs sound information about a particular experimental method. The journal covers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. I find it very helpful for researchers working in life sciences, and light and electron microscopy.
Video articles help save time and money
Dr. Pinfen Yang, Associate Professor, Marquette University
Unlike the traditional journals, JoVE is an on-line access journal including written documents as well as video recordings. The recording is particularly important for observing experimental procedures, which usually are over-simplified in most of the traditional journals. In fact, only videos could adequately convey many procedures. For example, I learned how to inject zebrafish embryos and mate green algae by watching video published JoVE over and over again. Although the procedures have been published in prints, JoVE videos helped us save money and time to conduct new technologies or experiments properly.
Giving back to the scientific community
Dr. Dharmendra K. Singh, Postdoc, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Cornell University
I may have developed a unique protocol, but it is not mine alone... My JoVE publication allows me to give back to the scientific community and share the work that the NIH helped fund.
A novel approach
Dr. John Cooke, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
JoVE is a very unique and useful resource for researchers, graduate students, postdocs and undergraduates in science. This novel visualization approach will improve reproducibility of experimental studies, and increase the efficiency of research and education in the biological sciences.