How to Get More Views of Your Science Videos

Have you posted a video about your science on YouTube but are not getting many views? Do you wonder how other creators optimize their videos to get more views? I’ve noticed that many videos made by scientists are good, but they don’t garner many views on YouTube. That’s a problem because such videos are important in showing how science works and why scientific research is important to society. In a new tutorial, I explain what you can do to get more YouTube views of your science videos.

How to Write a Literature Review

I’ve posted another writing video on my Scientific Writing YouTube channel that focuses on preparation of a literature review. Whether you are writing a term paper, a thesis, a grant proposal, or an article for publication in a journal, you will need to include a literature review. In this video, I show how to conduct a literature search online and then how to organize and write a literature review for a research article.

How to Read a Scientific Paper

I just posted another video to my Scientific Writing YouTube channel about how to read a scientific paper. If you are a researcher or plan to be, an important part of becoming a successful author of academic papers is being familiar with the literature in your field. This means you must read a lot of papers. In a new video, I describe a strategy that will help someone read a scientific paper efficiently and critically and to extract the essential information they need. I also briefly describe how to conduct a literature search and quickly identify papers to read in preparation for writing a class paper or an article for publication.

Using Transitions in ScreenFlow 9

During film editing, video transitions are used between clips to smooth the jump from one clip to the next. Transitions are particularly useful when you need to cut out a mistake made when filming a person speaking to the camera. In this video tutorial, I show how to use transitions in ScreenFlow 9 and go through a few examples such as:

  1. transitioning between mismatching segments of a speech.
  2. avoiding dropped audio during a transition.
  3. fading out a picture-in-picture window (showing your image) in a PowerPoint recording.

Here is the tutorial:

A New Writing Video: Improving Narrative Flow in a Scientific Paper

Do reviewers tell you that your writing is choppy, doesn’t flow well or, worse, is incoherent? Are you stumped about how to address this problem? In writing a scientific paper, it’s necessary to craft a narrative that guides your readers and helps them follow your thought processes. In an earlier video, I described how scientific papers follow a story arc: Introduction (what I studied and why), Methods (how I did it), Results (what I found), and Discussion (what it means). In this new video, I show how to improve flow by ensuring each paper section, subsection, and paragraph follows a story arc to make a clear point and that all narrative units are written to form a coherent whole.

By the way, these tips about writing and using a story arc will help you make better videos. I’ve covered in a previous video how storytelling techniques can help you make a better video about science.