How Are Scientists Using Video?

In the video embedded below, I continue my conversation with Eric Brennan, a researcher with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, who recently published a paper in Frontiers in Communication called “Why Should Scientists Be On YouTube? It’s All About Bamboo, Oil, and Ice Cream“.

That paper inspired us to join forces and initiate a video series to answer questions that science professionals may have about making videos. Each video focuses on a different question. In this one, we discuss the different ways scientists are using video to communicate.

In case you missed it, here is the first video in the series: Why Should Scientists Use Video as a Communication Tool?

Who Should Make Videos for the Scientist?

In the video embedded below, I continue my conversation with Eric Brennan, a researcher with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, who recently published a paper in Frontiers in Communication called “Why Should Scientists Be On YouTube? It’s All About Bamboo, Oil, and Ice Cream“.

That paper inspired us to join forces and initiate a video series to answer questions that science professionals may have about making videos. Each video focuses on a different question. In this one, we discuss who should make videos for scientists.

In case you missed it, here is the first video in the series: Why Should Scientists Use Video as a Communication Tool?

How to Make Your Science Videos More Appealing to Viewers

Viewers quickly become bored with science videos that present only facts and figures. What holds their attention are stories about the scientists or their subjects. In this video, I talk about how to make your science video more appealing to viewers and describe 12 ways to do this. By including human-interest angles, your video will appeal to a wider audience and put a human face on the science story.

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.

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.