How to add images or media

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Thank you for your interest in adding to ScriptSource! We have tried to make the process for adding information to the site as simple as possible. This tutorial demonstrates how to add a single, stand-alone image or audiovisual media file to the site. If you would like to add an illustration as part of a text entry, please see How to add text with illustrations.

You may have reached this page from the How to contribute information tutorial, which instructs you as to how to find the correct form to submit something to the site. If not, the form is easy to locate:

  • Use the search bar or the browsing tools at the top of every page to navigate to the script, character, or language to which your submission pertains.
  • Select the appropriate subject area from the options displayed on every script, character, and language page.
  • Click the 'Add to ScriptSource' button on the left of the page; this will take you to a list of submission types (text, image, reference etc.).
  • Select 'Image or audiovisual media'.

This will take you to the correct entry form to submit a media entry.

We have provided guide text below each field to help you fill the form out. Note that fields marked with an asterisk are required, and if they are left blank the system will not allow you to submit the form.

First select the type of media file you wish to upload from the dropdown box at the top of the form. The options are Image, Audio, Video, and Other. For information about what types of media are supported on ScriptSource, please see 'Supported File Types' in the Style Manual. Then choose a short title which will help other users to locate and identify the entry. To upload the media item, click the 'Browse' button and select the file from your hard drive. Please note, this control may look different depending on your browser and operating system.

If you wish, you may enter a short caption or annotation to the entry using the 'Description' field.

If the image or media file is not your own, you must have permission from the copyright holder to publish the file, and acknowledge your source in the 'Source' field. If the file is available online, please provide a link to the page where you found the material, and the phrase "Original media by ", as in the image below. See the Style Manual for how to reference other sources.

In addition, please fill in the 'Copyright' field using the format © yyyy name. Please note that (c) will not format correctly on the site; you will need to copy and paste the copyright symbol from the guide text below the text box.

The entry must also be licensed; do this by selecting a license from the dropdown in the 'License' field. We encourage the use of open content licenses; if you own the copyright to the media item, please consider selecting a Creative Commons license. If you have sourced the item from somewhere else where it was published under an open license, you must use the same license to publish it on ScriptSource.

The 'Contributor' field should be automatically filled in with your name. Check that this is correct.

The entry then needs to be associated with the pages on which you wish it to appear. Associations are made using the four panels ('Associated Scripts', 'Associated Languages', 'Associated Characters', and 'Associated Topics') at the bottom of the form. Every entry needs to be associated with one subject area within at least one Script, Language, Character or Topic. By default, the entry will be associated with the page you were on when you clicked the 'Add to ScriptSource' button at the start. Associations can be added or deleted using the + and - buttons below each panel.

For further instructions, please see Associations Help.

When you have finished, review your entry, then click the 'Save and Preview' or the 'Save and Submit for Approval' button at the bottom of the form. Both of these will give you the option to preview your submission and then submit it for moderation. (The 'Save and Continue Editing' button can be used at any time during the process to save what you have done so far without submitting it to the site moderators.) For details of the moderation and approval process, please see the Editorial Policy.

Your entry will not be visible on the site until it has been approved. You will be notified by email when it has been approved, or, if it is rejected or requires revision, you will be notified in the same way. We look forward to receiving your submission!

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