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MedEdPORTAL submissions & image use

When to Cite

When should I cite embedded content (image, table, figure, etc.)?

You must cite all embedded content, even if they are your own or in the public domain. The content itself must also be cited if it comes from an outside source. 

How to Cite in MedEdPORTAL

For content (e.g., quotes, paraphrases of articles, textbooks, etc.):

For embedded content (e.g., images, figures, tables):

Ownership/Protection Type Third-Party Permission Form Required* Citation 
Author-owned No

[insert image]

Author owned.

Public Domain or Federal Government Site** No

[insert image]

Image by [Owner], retrieved from: [URL] on [Date]. Image is in the public domain. 

Link to example

Creative Commons - Attribution (CC-BY) No

[insert image]

Image by [Owner], retrieved from: [URL] on [Date]. Creative Commons license associated: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Link to example

Creative Commons - Attribution - Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) No

[insert image]

Image by [Owner], retrieved from: [URL] on [Date]. Creative Commons license associated: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

Link to example

Creative Commons - Attribution - Share Alike (CC-BY-SA) N/A

[insert a placeholder for the image that includes the URL]

Image by [Owner], retrieved from: [URL] on [Date]. Creative Commons license associated: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

Link to example

Copyrighted Yes

If you do get permission to use the image:

[insert image]

Image retrieved from [URL] on [Date]. Permission received from [Owner].

 

If you don't get permission to use the image:

[insert a placeholder for the image]

Insert citation in AMA format

Link to example

Creative Commons License Types

Example: Public Domain Image

Image of person throwing away gauze with small amount of blood on it.

Image by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), retrieved from: https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=6237 on August 27, 2019. Image is in the public domain. 

Example: Creative Commons Licensed Image (CC-BY or CC-BY-NC)

Illustration of a large intestine with parts labelled.

Image by OpenStax, retrieved from: http://cnx.org/contents/14fb4ad7-39a1-4eee-ab6e-3ef2482e3e22@16.1 on August 19, 2019. Anatomy and Physiology, Figure 23.21. Creative Commons License associated: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

 

Note: In this example, we added additional information about the particular textbook and figure location.

Example: Creative Commons Licensed Image (CC-BY-SA or CC-BY-NC-SA))

Insert small cell lung cancer image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Small_cell_lung_cancer_-_cytology.jpg

Image by Nephron, retrieved from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Small_cell_lung_cancer_-_cytology.jpg on August 27, 2019. Creative Commons license associated: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

 

Note: This example has a placeholder for the image because it is CC-BY-SA, which is not allowed for MedEdPortal submissions. Readers will need to click the link to access the image.

Example: Copyrighted Image with no permission

Insert “Figure 1 – Liver injury and its patterns” here.

Navarro VJ, Senior JR. Drug-related hepatotoxicity. N Engl J Med. 2006;354(7):731-739.

 

 

Note: This example has a placeholder for the image because we were not able to get permission. Readers will need to access this issue of the New England Journal of Medicine to obtain the image.