Video as a part of journals as been on a roll. I haven’t bought it yet, but I love the concept of JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments. And, some of the chemistry journals have been slowly adding in author talks, etc. around the edges of publishing.
But this week had two big happenings in video publishing!
IOP announced earlier:
IOP Publishing launches video abstracts in New Journal of Physics – 04
The New Journal of Physics (NJP) has announced the launch of video
abstracts as a new integrated content stream. The new feature is
expected to give all authors the opportunity to go beyond the
constraints of the written article to personally present the importance
of their work to the journal’s global audience. The first examples of
the new author-supplied videos are now live at
And then, today, I saw this:
U.S. Department of Energy
Oak Ridge, TN – Scientific videos highlighting the most exciting research and development
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE<http://www.energy.gov/>) are now available
through ScienceCinema<http://www.osti.gov/sciencecinema>. The multimedia search tool was launched
today as part of a one-day workshop, “Multimedia and Visualization Innovations for Science,”
jointly hosted by Microsoft and the International Council
for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), held in Redmond, Washington.
As mobile use increases, the availability of watching videos on mobiles will increase, so I am thrilled that more are becoming available. But, more than that, I love the ability of scientists to capture more than what they might be able to put into a scientific article. How inspiring this could be for our future scientists!
I know this puts a lot of pressure on other publishers to do the same, but perhaps authors can help with this effort.
At Rice, we are starting a new film contest. We had a contest last year too, and one of the submissions was a fantastic biography piece about why a student had chosen to become a cognitive science major. Most likely, students involved at the university level in telling their digital story, will want to incorporate that same skill into their academic portfolio, and even, their lab work.But, if the skills are developed at the undergraduate university level, or high school level, they will already have them when they start their research work.
There are fabulous resources for digital storytelling. Some of my favorites:
- CogDogRoo: 50 ways to tell a digital story
- Lisa Spiro’s links on digital storytelling
- Lawrence Lessig on writing for the 21st century (50 minute address on YouTube)