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 location 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.
Step 1: Manuscript Preparation
Here is a list of required documents you will need for your JoVE submission:
- A manuscript prepared using JoVE's Manuscript Template
- A single signed Author License Agreement or a UK Author License Agreement
- Separate figure files/data tables
- Separate Excel spreadsheet using our Table of Specific Materials/Equipment
Here are some resources that may help you prepare your submission:
Here are Instructions on How To Submit your manuscript.
If you have any questions about submission of your manuscript, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Editorial & Peer 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 and you will be charged a one-time fee to help cover the costs of video production and publication.
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.
Step 3: Scripting & 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 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.
Step 4: Video Editing
After filming, the first step of video production is to record a professional voice-over for your video. We then map this voice-over to the video clips recorded at your lab. Next, we assemble a first draft of your video, while simultaneously building your article's webpage. Once complete, we have a first draft of your JoVE publication ready for your review. Video editing and finalization generally takes several weeks to months to complete before your video is displayed on the JoVE website.
Step 5: Proofing & Publication
Now that you have a first draft of your JoVE publication, you can provide comments on your article’s video, voice-over, and written text. We ask that you submit a single round of revisions from all authors. 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 about a month following your approval of the final video and manuscript.
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 email@example.com.