Skip to content
IOP Science

Editorial guidelines for video abstracts

In producing a video abstract, you are asked to adhere to the following basic guidelines:


It should not last longer than four minutes


It should introduce the topic of the article, highlight the main results and conclusions, and discuss future potential developments in the field as a result of the work


It should be understandable and accessible to users outside of the immediate field of the article


It can include additional relevant material such as images, animations and lab footage, which is strongly encouraged


It must provide a clear verbal narration of the visual content


It should not include small text that will be difficult to read


It must be accompanied by a transcript (as a .txt file) to meet accessibility requirements


It must not include music soundtracks due to our copyright policy; this also applies to open source music


It must be used and distributed in line with the terms and conditions of the journal's copyright statement.

You should be aware that use of material from previously published work will require appropriate permission from the relevant copyright holder.