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Seeing is believing: Engage your readers with video abstracts

Humans are visual creatures. Videos have been shown to improve learning capabilities and are considered effective tools for knowledge dissemination. And considering the fact that videos will account for a staggering 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2022, it is safe to say that video content is here to stay. 

One of the rapidly growing innovations in scholarly publishing is video abstracts. A video abstract is a peer-to-peer video summary of a research paper. Typically three to five minutes long, a video abstract may feature the author(s) or a voice-over. It provides a brief overview of the article in an easily digestible format. For a publisher, incorporating an innovation like video abstracts into journals can lead to improved accessibility and reach as well as better readership, engagement, and growth.

Video abstracts in kriyadocs

kriyadocs is a cloud-based document collaboration platform that empowers publishers with a customizable, agile, end-to-end journal production and management workflow. 

The journal production platform enables users to insert a video abstract with the click of a button. Some of the ways in which a user can upload a video abstract with kriyadocs are:

  • By adding a link to the video hosted on YouTube, the journal website, or any other video hosting platform
  • By uploading the video file as an asset. This file will be stored along with the other associated assets, such as images, supplementary files, etc., in kriyadocs’ asset management system

Users can add metadata like a caption, a thumbnail image, a footnote, and more. Once the video abstract is inserted into the article, it can be accessed by clicking the thumbnail displayed in the PDF proof. 

With kriyadocs’ XML-first workflow, the video abstract is tagged appropriately, enabling the display of the video content in your choice of digital output formats. The video abstract is included in the final package that goes to your desired hosting platform(s).

Video abstracts are one of the most effective innovations in scholarly publishing in recent times. They help improve article accessibility, reach, and open critical research up to wider audiences. Some of our customers, like BMJ and IJSS, enrich their content with video abstracts through kriyadocs.

kriyadocs simplifies the process of incorporating and managing video abstracts in your articles, enabling content accessibility and readership engagement.


Spicer, S. (2014). Exploring Video Abstracts in Science Journals: An Overview and Case Study. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 2(2), p.eP1110. 

Brame, C. J. (2016). Effective Educational Videos: Principles and Guidelines for Maximizing Student Learning from Video Content. CBE life sciences education, 15(4), es6.

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