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Adding multimedia and supplemental content to your article

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Supplemental material, including animations, movie files, sound files and text files, can be submitted for publication in the online edition of our journals. There is normally no time limit on hosting supplemental material. Supplemental material should be submitted at the same time as your manuscript.

These examples will show you what is possible, and may give you some inspiration:

  • This example shows shark agonistic displays in movie clips from the journal Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology ("A review of shark agonistic displays: comparison of display features and implications for shark–human interactions" by R. Aidan Martin).
  • This example from the journal Social Neuroscience provides supplemental content in the form of film clips showing hand movements ("Language in shadow" by Luciano Fadiga et al.).
  • This example from The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology provides movie clips of David Cameron, Barack Obama, John McCain, and Gordon Brown to illustrate the body motions of political candidates ("Perceived health from biological motion predicts voting behaviour" by Robin S. S. Kramer et al.).
  • This example from the European Journal of Developmental Psychology provides a supplemental mathematical appendix ("Crying games in the theory of child development" by Michael Beenstock).
  • And this example from The Clinical Neuropsychologist provides a supplemental appendix containing the relevant law ("Protecting Raw Data and Psychological Tests from Wrongful Disclosure: A Primer on the Law and Other Persuasive Strategies" by Paul M. Kaufmann)

If you think your article would benefit from multimedia or supplemental online content, please read the instructions below.

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Image: Instructions

All files of supplemental material should be submitted in an uncompressed format that can be used universally on PCs and Macs. All files should be kept to a minimum size where possible.

If required please supply a legend(s) or description(s) with the additional material to be mounted online and a reference to the file. Supplemental material can be referenced in the text of the article, and a link to the supplemental data can be provided.

Authors who are unable to submit in any of the formats mentioned are advised to contact the journal editor to discuss other options prior to submission.

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Animations are limited to 30 seconds.

Animations in the following forms (in order of preference) can be accepted from authors:

  • Video tape
  • AVIs, QuickTime or Mpeg files
  • A sequence of still images

The following formats can be accepted:

  • All uncompressed formats widely used on PC, Mac and UNIX
  • JPEG for colored and compressed images (suffix .jpg or .jpeg)
  • TIFF with a group IV compression for black and white compressed images (suffix .tiff)
  • EPS files for vector and a combination of vector and bitmap images (suffix .eps)
  • FLI and FLC format from AutoDesk.

Authors who submit animations are requested to provide the following information:

  • Video tape - format used.
  • AVI, QuickTime or Mpeg files - version used, and system used for disc file creation.
  • Sequences of still images - format used, version, and system used for disc file creation.

Authors who are unable to supply videotape, AVI, QuickTime, or Mpeg files may provide a set of sequential still images. Note that an animated sequence will consist of 13 to 15 still images per second of animation. For example, if an animated sequence is 10 seconds in duration, it is made up of 130 images. Animations should be mentioned in the text. Indicate an approximate location for the animation call-out in the margin.

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Movie files

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Movie files should be submitted as AVI, QuickTime, or Mpeg files. These should be uncompressed and in a universal format for PC or Mac.

For ease of download, the recommended upper limit for the size of a single file is 10Mb. When the size of a single file is bigger than this, some users may experience problems when downloading. This limit should be adhered to wherever possible.

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Sound files

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Sound files should be submitted as .WAV or .MP3 files. These should be uncompressed and in a universal format for PC or Mac.

All files should be kept to a minimum size where possible. A legend or description of the sound file to be mounted online should also be supplied.

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Text files

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Additional text files, such as legends, indexes, and calendars, should be supplied in a standard word processing document such as MS Word or PDF with the correct links/URLs if applicable.

Standard positioning online for additional information is after the Abstract and before the References or on the Table of Contents; please state if you require different positioning online.

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Supplemental material online

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  1. Supplemental material online must be pertinent to and support the article to which it relates.
  2. It must be submitted simultaneously with the article, but will not be modified by the publisher and authors will not receive proofs.
  3. It should at least be subject to editor oversight.
  4. More extensive supplemental material (analyses rather than data) ideally should be subject to peer review.
  5. When appropriate, it should carry a disclaimer – Taylor & Francis to be consulted.
  6. Any pod- or vodcaster must sign the Taylor & Francis license as requested.
  7. Warranties regarding the originality, validity, and legality of the supplemental material online are covered by the agreed license to publish.
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