Manuscript Submission

Purpose of VideourologyTM

Videourology is an international online peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing video contributions of minimally invasive surgery and advanced surgical techniques.  Videourology is intended to enable physicians to learn, evaluate, and implement new surgical strategies in their surgical practice using the most up-to-date Flash, QuickTime, and MP4 technologies. The flagship publication, Journal of Endourology, will stay focused on publishing articles while Part B,  Videourology, will accept original videos containing material that has not been reported elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract or a conference presentation.

Videourology does not accept case reports.

Scope of Publication


Submitting your video to Videourology™ is a two-step process:

  1. Upload your video to
  2. Complete your submission at

Further instructions for this two-step process are provided after the guidelines below on initial preparation of both the video and the abstract that accompanies it.  


  • Videos may be up to 10 minutes in duration.  Submission of longer videos require the permission of the Editor.
  • The video must include audio narration explaining the procedure.  Text and audio in the video must be in English.
  • Accepted video formats are:

    Windows Media Video (WMV)
    QuickTime (MOV)

    Most codecs supported by these formats are acceptable. After submission, we may need to request the video submitted in a different codec in the event a non-standard codec is used.

  • The resolution of the video should be at least 512x384 for 4:3 aspect ratio videos, and 512x288 for 16:9 videos. Videos can be larger than these dimensions, but not smaller.
  • Videos must be in NTSC format (the European PAL format is not supported.)
  • Videos that are only a Powerpoint® slideshow will not be accepted.



A Word document must be provided that contains the following:

  • Full video title
  • Exact running time of video
  • All contributing authors
  • All authors’ affiliations and email addresses
  • A structured abstract up to 500 words, organized as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions
  • References, if applicable (Prior abstract presentations should be mentioned as a footnote to the video title)
  • The source of work or study, and if there are any conflicts of interest or obligations resulting from it.
  • Author Disclosure Statement

This statement should disclose any commercial associations during the last two years that might create a conflict of interest in connection with the video. See “Author Disclosure” under “Legal Aspects” for more details.)



This step has two parts: upload your video at You will then receive instructions via email to select three thumbnail images to include in the final submission. You will be guided through this process by three emails in total; the first confirms your successful video upload to the system. The second asks you select the three thumbnail images (a URL is provided in this email to view the video and select the thumbnails; do NOT select a thumbnail of  a PowerPoint slide.) You will then receive a third and final email with the video review URL that you will include in your submission in the next step, Step 2.


After you receive the series of emails, go to to upload the Word file portion of your submission.  If you do not already have an account in Manuscript Central, you will need to create one.  After logging in to the system, you will be prompted for various information about your submission.

All videos related to minimally invasive surgery, and advanced open surgical techniques will be considered. Videos related to surgical anatomy, embryology, physiology, pathology, or radiology of conditions of interest to surgeons are also acceptable.

Technical assistance is available by emailing



Authors are strongly encouraged to provide references with their video, if applicable.   References will help acknowledge the video as a contribution to the literature. In addition, any previous presentation of the video or abstract should be stated as a reference.   Publications citing the video will automatically be linked. References should be presented in the following style:

Journal articles:

Wronski J. Lumbar sympathectomy performed by means of videoscopy. Cardiovasc Surg. 1998;6:453-456.


Zollinger, Jr. R,  Zollinger, Dr. R..  Zollinger's Atlas of Surgical Operations, 9e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2010.


Qin C, Shao P, Ju X, Li J, Meng X, Ly W. Yin C.  Retroperitoneal laparoscopic partial nephrectomy with segmental renal artery clamping.  J Endourol: Part B: Videourology. 2010;24: doi: 10.1089/vid.2010.0097.

If it is necessary to cite an abstract, this should be so designated.  Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Abbreviations of journal titles should follow those used in  MEDLINE.


Peer Review

Authors are encouraged to suggest names of appropriate reviewers and may also request that a particular individual not serve in that capacity. At least two reviewers will review the abstract and the video as part of the peer-review process. Reviewer selection is ultimately at the discretion of the Editor.  Major corrections may require changes in the video with resubmission.

Letters to the Editor

Comments from viewers regarding previously published videos will be accepted at the Editors’ discretion. The letter must not exceed 200 words. The authors of the video will be requested to respond. The letter and the authors’ response will be attached to the related video as an addendum to the abstract.

Legal Aspects

  • Copyright:
    Videos previously presented at meetings will be considered as long as the authors have retained ownership of its copyright at the time of submission. All accepted videos will become the property of Videourology. However, after being published in Videourology, the videos may be presented and viewed at scientific meetings, but may not be republished elsewhere.

    The copyright agreement process between the author and the Publisher is handled via email when the video is accepted for publication. Authors will receive a follow-up email with instructions on completing the online Copyright Agreement Form.

    The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with coauthors to ensure they have completed the online copyright form. Authors not permitted to release copyright must still complete the form acknowledging the statement of the reason for not releasing the copyright.

  • Music:
    If music is used in your video, please provide the source of the music, and whether or not it is copyrighted material. Copyrighted music cannot be used in the video without permission from the copyright owners.   Written permission from the copyright holder must be supplied by the submitting author at the time of submission.  There are several websites that offer royalty-free music and are listed below.  Note that these are third-party sites and the Publisher does not endorse and/or support any of these sites in any capacity:
  • Permissions for use of pre-published material:
    The author is responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce figures, tables, and text from previously published materials, even if it is the author’s own work.  Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, the author, or editor) of the journal, book, or video concerned.  An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list.  Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material cited from other institutions and should accompany the submission.

  • Patient Confidentiality:
    All information that could identify a patient must be removed from the video prior to submission.  Written permission from a patient would be required if there is any detail in the video that cannot be deleted, or that could identify the patient.

  • Author Disclosure Statement:
    When uploading your video submission, you will be asked to disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts.  This Author Disclosure statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Videourology.  It is important that all information will remain confidential while the video is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. 

    If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist.”

Reprints (Copies of Videos):

After the video is published it may not be published elsewhere without explicit permission from the Publisher. While personal copies of the video can be downloaded and saved for personal use only, any systematic download that would create a new database will not be allowed.

The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.