Virtual Microscope

About the Virtual Microscope

The Virtual Microscope is a browser-based viewer that provides easy access to high-resolution images captured by slide scanners, optical microscopes and other devices.

New! The Virtual Microscope has been enhanced to support ‘Z-stacks’ (series of images taken at different focal planes) as well as ‘T-stacks’ (series of images taken over time), enabling easy access to image series data. Authors can now submit traditional 2D images as well as Z-stack and T-stack data.

The Virtual Microscope provides authors and readers with many benefits. It:

  • Enables authors to enrich and extend their article by adding large high resolution digital images
  • Provides access to digital images at the highest level of detail, without the need for any custom software or tools
  • Gives access to research data that, until now, could not be easily shared
  • Is entirely browser based, with no need for special software or plugins
  • Is available for journal articles as well as books and major reference works

The Virtual Microscope lets authors of supported Elsevier journals complement the conventional in-article images in their articles with large high-resolution equivalents. It is fully integrated with ScienceDirect and journal sites. The in-article viewer is fully interactive and enables users to zoom in and navigate within images. In addition it can be used in full screen mode.

The Virtual Microscope was developed in collaboration with Kitware SAS.

Example Article

Author Instructions

Preparing

If you have submitted an article that contains conventional small-size in-article images to a supported journal, you have the option to add large, high-resolution files. An invitation to use the Virtual Microscope will be included in your revision letter.

New! The Virtual Microscope has been enhanced to support ‘Z-stacks’ (series of images taken at different focal planes) as well as ‘T-stacks’ (series of images taken over time), enabling easy access to image series data. You can now submit traditional 2D images as well as Z-stack and T-stack data.

For single microscopic images, the Virtual Microscope is most useful when used with large files. For example, for whole slide scans, sizes generally exceed 30,000*30,000 pixels.

Samples

DomainUsability File resolution
Pathology Excellent Image size is approx 50,000*30,000 pixels. File size is approx 300Mb
Pathology Not usable (too small) Image dimension is approx 600* 400 pixels. File size is approx 800kb.
Geology Good Image size is approx 2000*1300 pixels. File size is approx 3.8Mb

Along with your invitation, you will get access to an online authoring tool that will enable you to upload one or more high-resolution images. The images will be assigned identifiers with the prefix “VM” followed by a unique 5-digit number, such as VM0003 or VM02312.

To include high-resolution images in your paper:
For each uploaded high-resolution image, simply include a reference in the figure text of the corresponding in-article image.

Example reference – A high-resolution version of the image is available as eSlide: VM00003.

Example Reference


Reviewer Instructions

Instructions are included in the reviewer invitation letter.

For more information, read the general reviewer instructions.

Feedback

For any questions about the Virtual Microscope, please contact virtualmicroscope@elsevier.com