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Now available in the TIB|AV-Portal: video abstracts from the scientific publisher Copernicus Publications

Cooperation between TIB and the Open Access publishing company Copernicus Publications launched / Scientists can present their research results in short video messages

Authors who publish their work with the scientific publisher Copernicus Publications now have the option of presenting their research results in a video abstract – a short video message. Collaboration between the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and Copernicus Publications means that scientists can simply use the TIB|AV-Portal at to publish video abstracts or supplementary videos to the specialist articles they publish in one of Copernicus’ Open Access journals.

“In these roughly three- to five-minute video statements, our authors have the opportunity to provide background information about their research, and to present their research activities to a wider audience. The TIB|AV-Portal is the ideal, reliable infrastructure for our video abstracts,” states Martin Rasmussen, Managing Director of Copernicus Publications.

The short videos can easily be uploaded onto the TIB|AV-Portal, the portal for scientific videos from the realms of science and technology: during the publication process, authors are informed about how to upload video abstracts or supplementary video onto the TIB|AV-Portal. “Within three days of being uploaded, we allocate a digital object identifier (DOI) to the video abstract. This enables them to be referenced, cited and linked to the relevant article at Copernicus Publications,” explains Margret Plank, Head of the Competence Centre for Non-Textual Materials at TIB, who is responsible for the TIB|AV-Portal. Users can then search the video abstracts by individual film sequence, and cite them precisely to the second, thanks to the automatic analysis of speech, images and text. “Our collaboration with Copernicus Publications is a first step in the publication of video abstracts,” added Plank, “we are in the process of planning additional collaborative activities with other Open Access publishers.”

“We are pleased to offer our authors the possibility of using videos in a scientifically sound way to reach out to other scientists and beyond, boosting the impact of their work,” concludes Martin Rasmussen. “This underlines the way we understand the output of researchers today: a combination of journal article, data sets, and model code, as well as video and animation supplements – all linked to each other through DOIs.”

Authors who publish their work with the Open Access publisher can find information about uploading video abstracts in the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines of the individual journals and at