Adding images to article pages in Physiopedia is a great idea! Not only do they make the page look nicer and help to engage the reader with the topic, they can also help to improve the readers understanding of the topic.
There are so many pictures out there on the web which we could use, but it is important in Physiopedia that we have permission to copy them before we use them. This is not often possible with pictures that are randomly found however there are a few good image libraries out there that have images that we can use. We recommend searching these libraries for images to decorate your page:
- Wikimedia Commons – A database of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. They have some good anatomy images including the full collection from Grays.
- Welcome Images – The Biomedical Collection holds over 40 000 high-quality images from the clinical and biomedical sciences. Selected from the UK’s leading teaching hospitals and research institutions, it covers disease, surgery, general healthcare, sciences from genetics to neuroscience including the full range of imaging techniques.
Both of these image libraries release most of their images under the Creative Commons Licence which allows users to copy, distribute and display the freely downloadable version of the image under the terms of this licence. It is important that when you upload an image from either of these sources to Physiopedia that you always add an attribution to the provider in the summary box. When a reader then clicks on an image in Physiopedia they will be taken to a specific Physiopedia page for that image where the attribution can be seen. For added attribution you could also reference it on the page in Physiopedia that you add it to!