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I’ve discussed various elements of author-generated media to accompany papers (like graphical abstracts, or even video summaries).  Now, Elsevier has started rolling out “AudioSlides” –

AudioSlides are short, webcast-style presentations that are shown next to the online article on ScienceDirect. This format gives authors the opportunity to summarize their research in their own words, helping readers to quickly understand what a paper is about and appreciate its relevance

Needless to say, my main arguments for (and against) video abstracts remain.  Any of these other science communication tools should be produced as professionally (if not more so) than the text of the manuscript.  Some university communications departments might be able to help, but if authors choose to go it alone, invest in a good mic, use a script (and rehearse it beforehand), and have someone critique the early drafts.

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