SciVee, the YouTube for Science

SciVee is a new website that lets scientists communicate their works as multimedia presentations incorporated with the content of their published articles. SciVee is operated in partnership with the open access publisher the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).

The goal of SciVee is to improve the dissemination and comprehension of science. It not only presents a platform for researchers to explain and share their work but a communication medium for commentary and discussion. According to the site, “SciVee also facilitates the creation of communities around specific articles and keywords. Use this medium to meet peers and future collaborators that share your particular research interests.” Users will be able to subscribe to channels and groups of interest.

SciVee allows authors to upload an article they have already published with a video or podcast presentation they have made that describes the highlights of the paper. The author can then synchronize the video with the content of the article (text, figures, etc.) so the relevant parts of the article appear as the author discusses them during the video presentation. The result is a SciVee pubcast. The site provides several tutorials on recording a video.

At this point, the site only accepts articles from PLoS journals. By the end of the year, the site is expected to allow participants to upload all publications held in PubMed Central and will accept abstracts from journals that are not open access. It will also accept papers in fields outside the life sciences. In the next phase, users will be able to create a personal profile and join or create their own science communities.<!– –>

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