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It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Good

Learning to embrace our imperfections doesn’t just apply to personal traits. It also holds true with medical images where others can learn from an imperfection in a photo or video. While medical textbooks and many articles focus on perfect images, real-world pictures are often obscured. Yet, depending on the reason for the obscurity, these images can hold valuable insight into everyday cases. Likewise, the images from an incomplete study might also be valuable to the medical community.

The Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI) might be the right place for sharing these images and videos. GLSI is a repository of images that have scientific or academic value but aren’t accompanied by sufficient information to make a case report or full journal article. GLSI was founded to provide a place for practitioners, students, residents, fellows and scientists to submit images encountered in everyday practice, as well as smaller projects.

All images and videos are reviewed by our editorial board, which is made up of physicians and PhDs who are experts in their fields. If an imperfect image or video has academic or scientific worth, our editorial board members will approve its addition to the GLSI website. However, if an image and accompanying data are wrong or provide no value, our editors will note such and provide feedback to the submitter.

Students and others should not worry about being wrong or submitting an incomplete image or video. If students think an image has academic or scientific value, they should submit it for peer review. Our editorial board will scrutinize the submission and ascertain whether even in its imperfection or incompleteness it is valuable to a larger audience.

In day-to-day practice, images might blur because a patient moved or took a deeper breath. The resulting air might cause shadowing. Yet, these imperfections might not make the image invaluable. In fact, if still of high enough quality, the image or video might provide insight for a physician or scientist researching a similar case.

Smaller projects, that might be deemed incomplete by a large medical journal, also have value to the medical community at large. Again, submit the image for peer review and our editorial board will determine appropriateness for the GLSI website.

To submit an image or video, you must first register on the GLSI website. Registration is free and open to anyone age 16 or older. Once registered, you can submit your images and research for peer review and publication. You also gain access to all of GLSI’s images and are licensed to use the content.