Here, we’re going to give a primer on video abstracts. First, we’ll start with a basic description for those unfamiliar with the communication medium:
A video abstract is a video presentation corresponding to a specific science research article, which generally communicates the basis for the study, essential methods used, major findings and potential implications through the use of images, text, narration, and animation.
Next, we want to provide a concrete list of the parameters for this tool:
- Length: 2–3 minutes (200–350 script)
- Style: Layperson explanations with a non-technical adaptation
- High quality, dynamic imagery and production quality animation
*It is important to avoid simply recording a talk the way you might for a class lecture or remote presentation.
Finally, once you have a great video abstract in hand, it will only be as valuable if you use it properly. The video abstract is highly reusable outside of its use in accompanying your published journal article. This is just a short list of examples:
1. Highlight on your lab website or university website
2. University or local news video spot/press release
3. High quality animations can be transferred to conference presentations or lectures
4. Tenure/promotion evaluations and grant proposals
5. Social media sharing