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An evolutionary step in basic science journals

November 4, 2010

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a perfect example of the type of innovation academic journals need.  The best way to describe JoVE–YouTube for nerds.

One of the biggest problems in basic science research is trying to fully describe an experimental procedure in enough detail for replication while being succinct enough to fit it into the limited space of a “Methods” section.  The creators of JoVE solved this problem by integrating video tutorials of experimental methods.  This allows researchers to actually show how they did an experiment.  Not only does this allow greater granularity in describing methods, it makes the dissemination of research methodology faster and more robust.  Instead of a researcher wasting time trying to decipher exactly what a previous researcher had done, they can quickly see their exact methods and replicate them or, more importantly, innovate new techniques based on the previous work.

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