Editorial| Volume 49, ISSUE 2, P111, March 2010

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An Invitation to Authors to Submit Video Footage with Manuscripts

Published:February 05, 2010DOI:
      In an effort to further enhance the teaching value and interest in the manuscripts that we publish, authors are encouraged to include video clips along with their figures and tables. Video can be used to depict complicated surgical maneuvers and clinical examinations as a supplement to the text of an article. To view an example, visit our web site,, where you can find the add-on that accompanies The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery Instructional Course entitled “Closed Reduction of the Supination-Eversion Stage IV (Weber Type B) Ankle Fracture,” by D'Angelantonio et al, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp. 283–418, May–June 2009 ( This particular video clip shows a complex closed reduction maneuver that brings the words on the written page to life. Video imagery activates our sensory system and transcends language, and most readers simply enjoy watching an interesting or unusual diagnostic examination, fracture reduction, tendon transfer, arthroscopic manipulation, or other therapeutic intervention. Readers can also view the video as often as they desire, and even stop the action to study a particular aspect of the footage. At The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, we accept the most commonly used audiovisual formats, such as .avi, .gif, and .mov; however, we prefer .mpg (MPEG-1 or MPEG-2) and .mp4. Each of these formats is capable of containing a number of data streams, and we prefer that they be limited to one stream each for video, audio, and titles to minimize the file size. Currently, we do not accept Flash video files, although we should have the capacity to handle the Flash format in the near future. Video is a powerful tool for teaching and learning and an asset to any publication, and we encourage our authors to take advantage of this medium to enhance their manuscripts.