A video abstract can help readers get a clear idea of the paper. To improve the accessibility of papers, we encourage authors to provide a video abstract when submitting their manuscripts. At the same time, we are also pleased to announce that the Cells
2021 Best Video Abstract Awards is open for applications. The prize will be awarded to the authors of two papers published in Cells. The winners will be selected through a vote by our readers and award committee.
- Deadline for video abstract submission: 15 March 2021;
- Voting period: 1 April 2021–30 April 2021;
- Date for announcement of the winners: 15 May 2021
- There are two prizes to be awarded to authors publishing in Cells
Prize for each winner:
- 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs);
- A waiver to publish in Cells (submitted before the end of 2021);
- An electronic certificate.
Who can participate?
- Articles and reviews published in 2018–2020 with a video abstract.
Eligibility and requirements:
- The video abstract should be under (or maximum) 5 minutes;
- A video abstract should introduce the topic of the article. The presentation should highlight the main results and conclusions, and discuss future potential developments in the field as a result of the work if it is an abstract for a research article;
- The presentation should be understandable and accessible to users outside of the immediate field of the article in English;
- The video abstract must include a soundtrack providing a clear verbal narration of the visual content without any music;
- The video must conclude with the ‘2021 Cells Video Abstract Awards slide’;
- Please be aware that figures/animations or any other materials included in the video abstract must have no potential conflicts or copyright issues;
- Terms and conditions regarding the use and distribution of video abstracts will apply in line with the copyright statement (https://www.mdpi.com/authors/rights) of Cells;
- The video file must be in MP4 format and should not exceed 200 MB.
- Research article: Whether the presentation explains the idea of the paper accurately and precisely. The video quality is also assessed (include the lighting, the sound, the background and etc.);
- Review paper: The novelty and also the video quality;
- Readers’ votes.
Many research institutions have a press department that may be able to offer assistance. For example, they may be able to lend cameras and microphone equipment and even edit your video footage. We encourage authors to contact their university press office for more advice and support. It is acceptable if you prefer mobile phone filming. Whether your video abstract contains lots of edited footage or a very simple single shot, audiovisual quality is essential to ensure that your audience gets the most out of your efforts. If it is difficult to follow because of poor visual or sound quality it will not be watched.
PLEASE NOTE: All video abstracts will be assessed for editorial suitability and quality by the editorial team.
Please upload your video abstract when submitting your manuscript if you are interested in the award. For the authors of published papers, please send a video and a manuscript link to the Cells Marketing team office ([email protected]) if you would like to apply for the award.