JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments

JoVE Journal of Visualized ExperimentsThe Library has expanded access to a journal!  Why is this so exciting?  Because this is no ordinary journal.  JoVE is a Pubmed-indexed video journal that publishes biological, medical, chemical and physical research methods.

JoVE videos show experiments in a step-by-step manner – a great way to communicate the complexity of laboratory techniques.  If not done correctly, studies that use poor methods can result in low transparency and poor reproducibility, increasing the cost of resources as well as time spent on research.  An added value of JoVE is that its abstracts and protocols are written by the researcher and attached to the video records.

The JoVE video player is compatible with HTML5 and Adobe Flash. Older browsers that do not support HTML5 and the H.264 video codec will still use a Flash-based video player.  I tested several of the JoVE videos on an iPad, iPhone, and Kindle Fire and all displayed correctly.  You are able to expand the video to fit the full iPad and Kindle Fire screen, and you can quickly move through a video using the slide bar that appears during viewing.

Penn Libraries provides access to the following JoVE sections:

JoVE General  General –

  Neuroscience –

JoVE Clinical and Translational Medicine  Clinical and Translational Medicine –

JoVE has a simple search interface.

Just type a word or phrase in the main search box at the top of the screen OR use the “Browse All” button to view the most recent and most popular videos by section.  It’s important to understand that searching using the simple search interface will retrieve videos in ALL sections of JoVE including sections that we do not subscribe.

Remember, Penn currently subscribes to the General, Neuroscience, and Clinical and Translational Medicine sections only.  Some videos are published as “open access” allowing everyone to view.

Use the “Refine Your Search” feature for more options.

Using the Refine Your Search feature allows you can search for textwords, filter by author or institute, publication date, and also by JoVE section.

You can quickly access this feature by using the section links above, or, if you are already in the JoVE interface, you can click the Search button without entering a term.  The system will then pull back all the videos and allow you to “Refine Your Search.”

Samples of some of the videos available via JoVE:

  • Isolation and Culture of Adult Epithelial Stem Cells from Human Skin – produced by the University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Revealing Neural Circuit Topography in Multi-Color – produced by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University
  • Autologous Blood Injection to Model Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage in Mice – produced by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, University of Connecticut Health Center, & Hartford Hospital
  • In vitro Reconstitution of the Active T. castaneum Telomerase – produced by Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania
  • Transcriptome Analysis of Single Cells – produced by researchers at the Dept of Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania, & The Penn Genome Frontiers Institute, University of Pennsylvania

So far, 23 Penn Researchers have published videos in JoVE.  If you are interested in publishing your own video or contracting with JoVE to film and produce your video, review Instructions for Authors at:

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