Information For Authors

Purpose of VideoscopyTM

Videoscopy is an international online peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing video contributions of minimally invasive surgery and advanced surgical techniques.  Videoscopy is intended to enable physicians to learn, evaluate, and implement new surgical strategies in their surgical practice using the most up-to-date Flash, QuickTime, and MP4 technologies. The flagship publication, Journal of Laparendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, will stay focused on publishing articles while  Videoscopy, will accept original videos containing material that has not been reported elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract or a conference presentation. 

Scope of Publication

All videos related to minimally invasive surgery, and advanced open surgical techniques will be considered. Videos related to surgical anatomy, embryology, physiology, pathology, or radiology of conditions of interest to surgeons are also acceptable. 

All submissions must be uploaded to

Video Submission

The submission of a video to Videoscopy requires four main tasks:

   Step 1:           Preparation of video

   Step 2:           Preparing a Word file to accompany video

   Step 3:           Processing a video at which creates the URL
                           for the video

   Step 4:           Uploading the accompanying Word file and supplying URL 
                           (created in Step 3) to

Detailed instructions for each of these steps are listed below.

Technical assistance is available by emailing:


       Step 1:           Preparation of Video

  • The video may be up to 10 minutes in duration. Invited videos or contributions with a specific topic may be longer, at the discretion of the editors.
  • The video must include audio narration explaining the procedure. Text and audio on the video must be in English.
  • Videos can currently be uploaded in the following formats: Windows Media Video (.WMV), MPEG (.MPG, .MPEG), Audio Video Interleave (.AVI) and Quicktime (.MOV) formats. Video dimensions must be at least 640x480 or higher for best results. The video must also be in the NTSC format (the European PAL format is not supported.)

     Step 2:         Preparing a Word file to accompany video

A Word document must be uploaded with the video that contains the title, authors, authors’ affiliations, and an abstract. If a specific technique is described, results, and conclusions must be briefly stated.  A page entitled “Disclosure Statement” should be included that states any commercial associations during the last 2 years  that might create a conflict of interest in connection with the published video (See ‘Author Disclosure Statement” under the “Legal Aspects” section for more details).   If there are no conflicts of interest, the Disclosure Statement must state that the authors have nothing to disclose.

             A structured abstract of up to 500 words must accompany the video in a 
             Word document.  The abstract will be published online next to the respective
             video. The abstract should be organized as follows:

  • Introduction, including a description of the video and the RUN TIME
  •  Materials and Methods
  • Results and Conclusions
  • References



Authors are strongly encouraged to provide references with their video, if applicable.   References will help acknowledge the video as a contribution to the literature. In addition, any previous presentation of the video or abstract should be stated as a reference.   Publications citing the video will automatically be linked. References should be presented in the following style:

Journal articles:

Wronski J. Lumbar sympathectomy performed by means of videoscopy. Cardiovasc Surg. 1998;6:453-456.


Zollinger, Jr. R,  Zollinger, Dr. R..  Zollinger's Atlas of Surgical Operations, 9e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2010.


Qin C, Shao P, Ju X, Li J, Meng X, Ly W. Yin C.  Retroperitoneal laparoscopic partial nephrectomy with segmental renal artery clamping.  J Endourol: Videourology. 2010; 24: doi: 10.1089/vid.2010.0097.

If it is necessary to cite an abstract, this should be so designated.  Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Abbreviations of journal titles should follow those used in  MEDLINE.

      Step 3:     Processing a Video 

      Submitting a contribution to Videoscopy requires two separate processes:

  1. The video file needs to be received, processed, and provided as an online resource to reviewers.
  2. Additional information needs to be collected, as with usual manuscript submissions (author, title, abstract, disclosure, etc.).

Both processes use separate web-based systems, which means as an author you must navigate to two separate websites. Once you begin, you will be guided by the system and will receive  some email notifications throughout the whole process. There is also a dedicated person at the Publisher who can help you with any questions. The process in brief is: 

       A.   The video will be uploaded at It will then be processed automatically, and you will be asked to approve the video, once it is online. You will be lead through this process by three automatic emails.

       B.   The third of the aforementioned emails will contain a URL.  This email contains a link to the website, where the reviewers shall go in order to review the video. You will need to copy/paste this URL in the following second process.

       C.   After the automated process is complete, in order to start the second process you will go to This is where you will be requested to enter the URL as outlined in Step C, and to categorize the video.

       Step 4:      Uploading accompanying Word file and supplying URL

When following the automatic submission workflow, you will be asked for the following information:


  • All authors’ names, affiliations, and emails
  • The source of work or study – and if there are any conflicts of interests or obligations resulting from it
  • A title and (if any) a running title of up to 45 characters
  • Prior abstract presentations should be mentioned in a footnote to the title
  • Exact running time of video
  • Medical categories that describe your video contribution to facilitate searchability and ease of locating the video.  The medical category terms will be offered in the course of the electronic submission process, or they can also be downloaded here as a PDF. In the unlikely event that the author finds no category to describe his/her video, he/she may suggest via email an additional term to fill the gap.

Technical assistance is available by emailing:

Peer Review

Authors are encouraged to suggest names of appropriate reviewers and may also request that a particular individual not serve in that capacity. At least two reviewers will review the abstract and the video as part of the peer-review process. Major corrections may require changes in the video with resubmission.

Letters to the Editor

Comments from readers/viewers regarding previously published videos will be accepted at the editors’ discretion. The letter must not exceed 200 words. The authors of the video will be requested to respond. The letter and the authors’ response will be attached to the related video as an addendum to the abstract.



Legal Aspects

  • Copyright:        

Videos previously presented at meetings will be considered as long as the authors have retained ownership of its copyright at the time of submission. Copyrighted background music cannot be used in the video without permission from the copyright owners. All accepted videos will become the property of Videoscopy. However, after being published in Videoscopy, the videos may be presented and viewed at scientific meetings, but may not be republished elsewhere.

The copyright agreement process between the author and the Publisher is handled via email when the video is accepted for publication. Authors will receive a follow-up email with instructions on how to complete the online Copyright Agreement form.

The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with coauthors to ensure they have completed the online copyright form. Authors not permitted to release copyright must still return the form acknowledging the statement of the reason for not releasing the copyright.  

  •  Permissions for use of pre-published material:

The author is responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce figures, tables, and text from previously published materials, even if it is the author’s own work.  Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, the author, or editor) of the journal, book, or video concerned.  An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list.  Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material cited from other institutions and should accompany the submission.



Patient Confidentiality:

All information that could identify a patient must be removed from the video prior to submission.  Written permission from a patient would be required if there is any detail in the video that cannot be deleted, or that could identify the patient.


Patients and Study Participants

All videos must comply with the privacy and confidentiality requirements outlined on the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals website. For more information, visit


When articles include reports of studies on human subjects, state in the Methods section that an appropriate institutional review board or ethics committee approved the study. Authors who do not have formal ethics review committees should follow the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki. In the Methods section, state that informed consent was obtained from subjects (specify written or verbal).


The principal author must state that if animals were used experimentally, permission was obtained from the appropriate committee(s), and that the animals were treated humanely and the standards conformed to those of current ethical animal research practices.


In addition, text and photographs should not reveal any identifying information unless it is essenti al for scientific purposes (in which case, consent should be obtained). Masking the subjects’ eyes in photographs is often insufficient to protect their identity.





When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.


*This portion of the Instructions for Authors has been quoted directly from the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals website. For more information, visit

  • Author Disclosure Statement:

When uploading your video submission, you will be asked to disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts.  This Author Disclosure statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal.  It is important that all information will remain confidential while the video is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision.  

If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist.”


If music is used in your video, please provide the source of the music, and whether or not it is copyrighted material. Copyrighted music cannot be used in the video without permission from the copyright owners.   Written permission from the copyright holder must be supplied by the submitting author at the time of submission.  There are several websites that offer royalty-free music and are listed below.  Note that these are third-party sites and the Publisher does not endorse and/or support any of these sites in any capacity:

Reprints (Copies of Videos):

After the video is published it may not be published elsewhere without explicit permission from the Publisher. While personal copies of the video can be downloaded and saved for personal use only, any systematic download that would create a new database will not be allowed.

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