Help: Multimedia and Supplementary Information
Multimedia enhancements are available in a number of IOP
Publishing journals and serve to enhance the online versions of published
research articles. For printed journals the paper copy remains the archival
version and multimedia items are supplements which enhance a reader's
understanding of the paper but are not essential to that understanding.
In purely electronic journals multimedia attachments may be used to convey essential information.
Examples are: video clips, animations, experimental data,
supplementary figures or tables, software.
Articles featuring multimedia are indicated by:
- The Multimedia link and icon in the Table of Contents.
- The Multimedia icon on the online article's
- References to multimedia enhancements at appropriate places in the text
of the article.
Details on how to submit multimedia material can be found in our
Information for Authors.
To make use of a multimedia file, e.g., to play a movie, you may need to
install additional software to play the file and then configure your
browser to launch it as a "plug-in" or
"helper application" whenever it encounters a relevant multimedia
file. Information on obtaining software follows in the sections on the
different multimedia formats. Information on how to configure your browser is
often provided too, but your browser's Help system will also provide
- Netscape: choose Edit menu > Preferences... > Navigator
> Applications to configure the browser. (On Windows/Macintosh, press
Help on the Preferences dialog box for information.)
- Internet Explorer works in a different way. It uses your
computer's file association defaults as helper applications. In other
words, if you follow a link to a multimedia file in Internet Explorer, it
will start the same application that would have started had you
double-clicked on a multimedia file of the same type in Windows
Due to the large variety of plug-ins and helper applications available,
IOP Publishing is unable to offer technical support on
configuring your browser. However, brief details of the common types of
multimedia enhancements and helpful links to downloads and further
information are provided below. Please contact your system administrator if
you have difficulties.
Your browser will automatically display animated GIFs without the need for
additional software or browser configuration.
http://www.mpeg.org is a comprehensive
reference website on MPEG. To download a free MPEG player and for information
on configuring your browser, see:
for the latest information on Windows Media Technologies and downloads of the
free Windows Media Player.
More information on Windows AVI for UNIX users is
for the latest information on QuickTime. To download a free QuickTime player,
More information on QuickTime for UNIX users is
Windows AVI and QuickTime for UNIX users
We recommend: Mplayer.
GRACE 2D plotting files
Grace is a WYSIWYG 2D plotting tool freely available from
Grace runs on Unix, VMS, OS/2 and Win9*/NT. Your browser can be set up to run
Grace as a helper application by defining a new application within the browser
with the Description 'Grace', MIME Type 'application/grace', Suffix 'gr' and
with the full pathname of the Grace binary followed by %s (such as
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