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JoVE will handle all aspects of video production, including filming and editing, at locations within our Videographer Network. If you are outside of our network, then please see our Editorial Policies.

The first step of the process is to submit an original manuscript according to JoVE's guidelines. The manuscript must complete internal editorial review, followed by external peer review. Once your manuscript is accepted, JoVE's Ph.D. scriptwriters will translate your manuscript into a video script, and we will send a professional videographer to your lab to shoot the video in a single day. Next, JoVE will edit your video and add professional voice-over talent to narrate the science shown on film. Your video article will then be published online and indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE, Web of Science, SciFinder, and Scopus.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission
Here is a list of required documents you will need for your JoVE submission:

  1. A manuscript prepared using JoVE's Manuscript Template
  2. A single signed Author License Agreement or a UK Author License Agreement.
  3. Separate figure files/data tables
  4. Separate Excel spreadsheet using our Table of Specific Materials/Equipment.

Here are some resources that may help you prepare your submission:

  1. JoVE Reference Manager Style File (Reference Manager).
  2. JoVE CSL Style File (Mendeley).

Here are Instructions on How to Submit your manuscript.

If you have any questions about submission of your manuscript, please contact

Editorial Review and Peer Review
Editorial Review
All submitted manuscripts undergo editorial review upon submission. Editorial review ensures that all manuscripts are written according to JoVE's guidelines and that the protocol is filmable. Manuscripts that do not meet JoVE's guidelines will require revisions or may be rejected. Upon completion of editorial review, your manuscript will be peer reviewed.

Peer Review
Following completion of editorial review, all manuscripts are sent out for peer review by experts in your field of research. The peer review comments are intended to improve the overall quality and scientific rigor of the article. You are expected to revise your manuscript according to peer review comments. When your manuscript has passed peer review, it will be finalized and considered "in-press".

Scripting and Filming
Once your manuscript has been finalized, you will be contacted by JoVE's production coordinator (within ~5 business days after finalization). The production coordinator will connect you with your scriptwriter and schedule your video shoot. JoVE's Ph.D. level scriptwriters will turn your protocol into a video script to help you and the videographers plan your video. You will approve the script prior to filming.

On the day of the shoot, JoVE's professional videographers will come to your lab (or filming location) and film your protocol according to your video script. The videographers are specially trained to film in research environments and will have all the tools necessary to film your unique protocol. The complete video filming process will be completed within one day (typically 6-8 hours). The date of filming may fall anywhere from several weeks to several months after manuscript finalization, depending on several factors, including your lab's availability and the preparation time required for your experiment.

Video Production
After filming, JoVE's video and science editors edit your video to ensure that the final product is true to your manuscript. JoVE hires professional voice-over talent to narrate every video. Video editing and finalization generally takes several weeks to months to complete, finalize, and display on the JoVE website. You will get a chance to approve your final video and manuscript after video editing. Once your video-article is finished and approved by you and your co-authors, it moves into the queue for publication. Your video-article will be published in JoVE between one and three months following your approval of the final video and manuscript.

Indexing, Citations, and Video Usage
We will submit your video-article to PubMed within 2 weeks of your publication date where a PMID will be generated, and to PubMed Central within 1-4 months where a PMCID will be generated. The timing of open access release to PubMed Central will depend on your publication type (standard or open access) and will occur for all articles following an embargo period defined by NIH guidelines. If you have specific concerns about your grant requirements, please contact your editor or

Please cite your article and encourage others to do the same whenever you use the techniques documented in it. Our citation format is:
Author. Title. Journal(Issue), Page, doi:DOI (Year).

Ex: Welstead, G. G., Brambrink, T., Jaenisch, R. Generating iPS Cells from MEFS through Forced Expression of Sox-2, Oct-4, c-Myc, and Klf4. J. Vis. Exp. (14), e734, doi:10.3791/734 (2008).

Video Usage
As soon as your article is published on JoVE's website, you may download the PDF text and the .MOV video file. To download your article files, simply log into the JoVE website using your author-associated email address, i.e. the one you used for publishing, and click the links on the right side of your article page. If you have not yet created a JoVE account, please register with JoVE using your author-associated email address. If you already have a JoVE account, you can reset your JoVE password as necessary.

We encourage all of our authors to use their video for educational and teaching purposes, including embedding your video into your laboratory homepage.

If you have any questions about using your video or publication, please contact

Cost of Publication
After your manuscript is accepted, you will be charged a one-time fee to help cover the costs of video production and publication. 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 anyone can see the full article. For more information, see our Author License Agreement. UK authors, please see our UK Author License Agreement and our page on UK compliance.

For JoVE-produced videos: standard access $2,400, open access $4,200
For author-produced videos: standard access $1,200, open access $3,000

There is a cancellation fee for JoVE-produced videos. Video production requires money and resources. Please, do not 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 written. If the author withdraws the submission after a script is written, a fee of $1,200 will be charged in order to offset the cost of pre-production.

If you have any questions about submission or publication, please contact

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