Video submission guidelines

Submitting your video
In addition to the information required by the online submission system (video title, names of
authors, peer reviewers, etc.), please be sure to include the following information in your cover
letter and accompanying documents:
– Title of video, year, owner/producer/copyright holder
– URL where video can be accessed by RHM editors/peer reviewers and any password they will need to access it
– High resolution JPEGs of video title page, and 2-3 stills.

Ideally we would like to host the video on this website. If this is not possible please indicate the URL where the video will be permanently hosted and can be freely accessed.

Submitting an accompanying narrative
Reproductive Health Matters will consider video submissions. Any videos submitted must be accompanied by an explanatory narrative, which will be published alongside the video if accepted. In this narrative, we are looking for a critical, nuanced and reflective analysis of your work and film-making methodology, in line with what we seek in every contribution to the journal.

Please note that the print version of the paper will have the narrative text, a link to the video and 1-2 stills. In the online version, the video will also be reachable directly through the link in the text.

The narrative should explain why you think the video is significant and of value to an international audience. It should be written as a coherent narrative, covering answers to the questions like the ones below.
– What inspired the making of this video? Why were the specific subject areas chosen?
– What were the key aims of the video (e.g. the process of making a film, increasing
knowledge, increasing communication skills, teaching technical and creative skills)?
– Encouraging behaviour change such as safer sex, giving more visibility to a problem)?
– Who was it written and produced by? Who are the people appearing in the film?
– What was the role of stakeholders (for example, the young people it was aimed at) in the
writing, acting, distribution and use of the video?
– How was the content, emphasis and/or perspective of the film influenced by the culture of
the place it was made? Were there any constraints on what subjects could be explored?
– What did you do to try to overcome any constraints and how successful was this? Were the
finished product or your ability to achieve your purpose affected?
– With hindsight, should anything have been included that wasn’t, and should anything have
been excluded or done differently?
– Is the video intended for a local/national/regional/international audience? Do you think it
would translate well to other countries and settings?
– How did you test the script and messages before and during production?
– How has the film been used since it was made?
– Has there been any form of evaluation, to assess the impact of the film as an advocacy tool
e.g. with before/after surveys, audience discussions, focus groups, or other qualitative
methods?
– How, where and to whom is the film being distributed? Is it intended to be accessed by
individuals on the internet, watched in groups with someone facilitating a conversation
around it, or what?

Further guidance
These video submission guidelines should be read in conjunction with our general author and submission guidelines which set out RHM’s editorial policy, open peer review system and other relevant information.
RHM’s submission and peer review system are online here. All submissions should be made through this system.