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How to turn an abstract into a video abstract

Attila Dávid Molnár; Attila Andics

Since publishers launched their own video channels on the internet, there is a growing demand toward short science videos explaining a given research. Studies have shown that such short videos aka video abstracts, have a positive feedback on the citation of the research paper they are associated with. To produce a video abstract, scientists often assign professional filmmakers. Other authors however choose the cost effective and quick way and produce the video by themselves. To encourage authors to choose the latter option, we combined the writing and editing skills of actively publishing authors and documentary filmmakers and created a special training. We found that in two countries - Germany, Hungary - scientists and university students learn to produce short science videos for the internet in a considerably short period of time, given that proper supervision is provided. These findings can contribute to a further increase in the numbers of citable scientific video abstracts.

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