“Science Journal Produces a Different Kind of Viral Video” appears in a recent Technology Review and discusses the Journal of Visualized Experiments—JoVE for short. You might ask what’s the big deal? Why an article wholly focused on a specific journal. Well, it seems that JoVE is the “world’s first peer-reviewed video journal.”
JoVE is the brainchild of Moshe Pritsker and is unique in that video is not merely a supplement to article content – it is the main article content. Each article in JoVE “consists of a short video segment that visually documents the required steps for performing an experiment.” And in a reversal of roles, peer reviewed text supplements the video.
Mr. Pritsker came up with the idea while a molecular biology graduate student at Princeton trying to replicate a scientific experiment from the account in a print journal. He soon realized that “the conventional way of transferring … the “how-to” components of experiments is so inefficient that the experiments are often irreproducible.” He thought that there had to be a better way and this article details his solution.
While JoVE may be the first video journal, one suspects that it won’t be the last. As Stephen Rhind-Tutt notes we are moving more and more into a “media agnostic” world – and it appears to be a place where information will seek the most appropriate and effective forms of expression.
JoVE offers such a fascinating and innovative approach that we are also posting videos of a presentation we recorded with Mr Pritsker during the 2011 Charleston Conference in which he talks about the advantages of publishing this way over traditional research publishing. Enjoy!
- Academic Video Publishing: Everything You Wanted to Know but were Afraid to Ask (1 of 2)
- Academic Video Publishing: Everything You wanted to Know but were afraid to Ask (2 of 2)