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What is a video article?

An article consists of written and video components which operate together. Authors should assume that the video component is not intended to be viewed in isolation but is always contextualised within the framework outlined by the written component.  (Note: SpringerLink's templates by default denote video as 'Electronic supplementary material'. This is not an indication of how Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy (VJEP) itself positions the video component of articles.)

The video component of the article does not need to be surfaced as a single clip, but can be broken into two or more clips to be used where needed (e.g. in a sequence dispersed at key points through the written component, or as a grouping or clips, or number of groupings).

The video component could serve a number of purposes within the article as a whole. A video component which is divided into a series of clips does not need to use the same techniques for each clip. The following list of purposes is not intended to be exclusive, but are prompts to ensure authors have a clear understanding of the role the video component (or each clip) plays;

  • Extract (e.g. of raw data for illustration purposes)
  • Summary (with or without voice-over)
  • Commentary
  • Other

Criteria for uploading video articles to Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy 

Authors should note that users will be able to open videos in a separate, full screen window and should ensure that their video is of a resolution which is viewable at this size. It is required that authors use a 16:9 aspect ratio with a quality of at least 720p. If authors wish for the videos to be embedded in the article then they must indicate the approximate location within the text of the manuscript. (Please note, for videos to be embedded within the text they must be submitted as an additional file in one of the following formats: avi, wmv, mp4, mov, m2p, mp2, mpg, mpeg, flv, mxf, mts, m4v, 3gp)

As an Open Access journal, VJEP requires that authors use Creative Commons licensing. Because of global constraints on copyright for audio-visual material, and the inconsistencies in the ways in which copyright law is enforced in different territories, authors also need to be rigorous in ensuring that their video does not include audio, visual or audio-visual extracts of copyright material (except where rights have been clearly granted to the authors for this purpose).

Authors should note that the editing process may require edits to any part of the article (written and/or video components). 

During the submission process, authors should include the following within the cover letter:

  1. Confirmation that the checking of copyright has been undertaken (and a reminder that this is the responsibility of the authors), and that authors have the necessary rights to upload (and space to list Creative Common licence)
  2. A clear statement on ethics (including that all participants in the video have given their permission for the video to be uploaded to the journal). Where human or animal subjects feature in the video, please provide the name of the approving ethics committee and the reference number and date of the approval granted to the project. Where this is not possible, the author should explain the circumstances.
  3. Listing the software used to create and edit the video
  4. Confirmation that the authors have a capability to edit their video component if asked to by VJEP editors where appropriate (e.g., it may not be ethically possible to do so in some cases - and this should be explained in the letter)
  5. The audio/ video format (if known)
  6. Whether the video has an audio soundtrack or not