How Can Videos Help With Research Papers

If you've used the last few versions of Word, you'll know it's really hard to pinpoint exactly what's changed. Word might feel feature complete right now, but Microsoft isn't giving up on adding new and interesting features. This month, Microsoft is adding a new Researcher feature to Word. As the name implies, it's designed to make research paper writing a lot easier.

Researcher uses Microsoft's Bing Knowledge Graph to query content from the internet and then pull it straight into Word. Microsoft has a curated list of trusted sources and reference materials which the company plans to expand upon over time. If you add source material, it will even automatically create the citation in your bibliography as part of your research paper. If you're a student using Office 365 then Researcher is available immediately, and Microsoft is planning to bring the feature to mobile variants of Office in the future.

Alongside Researcher, Microsoft is also introducing a new Word Editor feature. While Word has had grammar and spellcheck features for years, this new Editor feature is more of an advanced proofing service. Microsoft is using its machine learning skills to process content, and the Editor will suggest improving your writing by flagging words that are used too frequently. It's more of a style guide initially, but Word will start teaching you words or phrases later this year to improve your writing style. Spelling edits will still be underlined with a red squiggle, and grammar with a blue double underline, but writing style suggestions will get their own gold dotted line.

Elsewhere, Excel might not be getting any new features this month but Outlook and PowerPoint haven't been left behind. Outlook is getting the Focused Inbox feature typically found on the mobile version of the app. It works the same way, allowing you to move email into the other section and ensure all your important messages remain in the focused version of your inbox. Mentions using the "@" symbol are also arriving today, letting you flag people in emails. Microsoft is planning to bring mentions to Outlook for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile in the future, but they're available for the desktop PC and Mac versions of Outlook today.

PowerPoint got a really interesting Morph feature last year, and Microsoft is introducing a similar Zoom addition today. Zoom is designed to make presentations a little more engaging so you can present slides with the use of sections. It's really designed to let the audience know exactly how long is left in the presentation, with a clear view of what section is being covered. Microsoft is introducing Zoom to PowerPoint 2016 on Windows PCs today.

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Measuring the Impact of Your Research Papers and Videos [Video]


Learn how to see how people are engaging with your research papers and research videos online.

Watch the video and read through the article to learn how to measure engagement with your research

To read the video’s transcript, please click here.

Measure the Impact of Your Manuscript

Journal Data

There are a number of ways to find out if your paper is gaining traction, and a good place to start is your journal’s website. Your journal may provide the number of article views and downloads directly on your article page. Reach out to the journal editor if you need help finding this information.


The Altmetric bookmarklet compiles press and social media mentions for recently published articles. This tool allows you to track online conversations about your research and engage with your audience. Simply add the Altmetric It! button to your bookmarks. Then, click the button when you’ve navigated to a journal article of interest to see the Altmetric data.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar conveniently tracks citations for journal articles. You can search for your article by entering your name, affiliation, and other search criteria on the My Citations page.

ResearchGate and Kudos

Link up with other researchers and make your research visible through ResearchGate’s online community. This site allows you to share your research and track statistics on your viewer network. You may also consider setting up an account on Kudos to make your video accessible to broader audiences.

View the Impact of Your Research Video


YouTube offers several metrics for tracking your video’s viewership:

  • Views: The total number of views is tallied below the video. This number increases every time the video is viewed
  • Ratings: By clicking the thumbs up/down below the views, viewers can “like” or “dislike” the video. The proportions of likes/dislikes indicate how the video is perceived based on direct feedback
  • Statistics: The video statistics over time are displayed as daily or cumulative graphs
  • Views: The total number of views broken down by day since the video was uploaded. Fluctuations and trends indicate video popularity
  • Time watched: The total number of minutes your video was viewed each day. The average view duration is displayed on the top-right of the graph
  • Shares: The number of times the video link was shared (e.g., on social media)


Vimeo provides four metrics for tracking video performance:

  • Plays: The total number of times the video has been loaded
  • Likes: The total number of times the “like” icon has been clicked
  • Collections: The number of times your video has been added to user channels
  • Comments: Comments and feedback provided by viewers

To increase viewership and get the word out about your research, share your manuscript and video widely and often!

For more information about AJE's Video Abstract service, visit our website. You can also view more videos from AJE on our YouTube channel.

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