Video abstracts

Revolutionising the concept of video abstracts

Our contact with technology has shortened our attention spans. The digital era means we are used to getting information mostly in abbreviated forms and are confronted with too many choices on the internet. The new habits of consuming information are also applicable to scientific research and this means different requirements are needed for those producing content.

In this document, you will find step-by-step guidance for creating a video abstract, from conception to production to submission. The guide can support you to produce your own video abstracts, taking account of the different equipment and budget you have.

You will be responsible for the project from beginning to end.*

All video abstracts will be assessed for suitability by our multimedia and editorial teams and publication is not guaranteed. In some cases, you may be requested to make slight changes to the video.

Note that we will not ask you to consider submitting a video abstract until your paper has been accepted. Please do not try to upload a video abstract upon initial submission of your manuscript.

If you have any questions throughout the process, please email and our Journals Multimedia Editor, Leticia Amorim, will get in touch with you.

*Please use BMJ’s consent form for any image or footage that needs consent to publication. More information on BMJ’s confidentiality policy can be found here.