Journal of Visualized Experiments

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (styled JoVE) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes experimental methods in video format.[1] The journal is based in Cambridge, MA and was established in December 2006. Moshe Pritsker is the CEO and co-founder.[2]

Journal of Visualized Experiments
DisciplineLife sciences, physical sciences
Publication details
MyJove Corp.
1.325 (2014)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4J. Vis. Exp.
OCLC no.122906325

Abstracting and indexing

JoVE is abstracted and indexed in Index Medicus,[3] MEDLINE/PubMed,[4] BIOSIS Previews, and Science Citation Index Expanded.[5] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal had a 2014 impact factor of 1.325.[6]

Format and scope

JoVE covers research methods and experimental techniques from both the physical and life sciences. The journal currently has 13 sections: Biology, Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Immunology and Infection, Medicine, Bioengineering, Engineering, Chemistry, Behavior, Environment, Biochemistry, Cancer Research, and Genetics. JoVE also publishes Science Education collections aimed at instructing scientists in fundamental concepts and methods[7] in a range of fields including biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and practical subjects like laboratory safety, cell culturing, and care of Drosophila flies.

Function in replication

Some experiments can be difficult to replicate if they involve techniques that are unfamiliar or unusually sensitive, and a short written description of the original scientific methods might not be sufficient. JoVE videos are a step-by-step visual guide of the actual experiment so that the minute hand movements and other subtle manipulations necessary to perform the experiment successfully can be seen.[8]

Publication Costs

JoVE currently operates as a subscription journal with an open access option, though JoVE started out as a full open access publication. JoVE will produce high quality videos for authors on-site in their laboratories. Submitting a closed access article to acquire a Jove Produced Video costs authors $2,400, as of 2017, in addition to the subscription costs incurred by readers. The open access option is available for $4,200. See the JoVE's costs page.


  1. Madrigal, Alex (October 3, 2007). "Video Sites Help Scientists Show Instead of Tell". Wired. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
  2. "The Team". Journal of Visualized Experiments. MyJove Corp. December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
  3. "Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  4. "JoVE Leaves Open Access Behind". The Scholarly Kitchen. 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  5. "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  6. "Journal of Visualized Experiments". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.
  7. Moawad, Neal (2013-05-01). "Introducing JoVE Science Education!". Retrieved 2018-05-21. JoVE’s new Science Education Collection will launch with two collections aimed at coaching scientists on basic techniques
  8. Jamie Holmes (August 28, 2015). "How Methods Videos Are Making Science Smarter". The New Yorker. Retrieved August 29, 2015. Video makes replication more efficient
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