Thursday, 26 July 2012

Clinical Key and #OER

Clinical Key is a new product from Elsevier which will search 700 textbooks and 400 journals for clinical content.

I came across Clinical Key today by a tweet in #tipsfornewdocs
I then found a YouTube about the 'Presentation Maker' in Clinical Key which allows images to be imported into Powerpoint with all the copyright information embedded. Sounds good.

But going forward we would like to make our educational materials open educational resources which with could easily share with others. Would this be possible with Clinical Key?

I asked the Twitter account and got the following response:

In the mean time I had missed a tweet from Brenda directing me to the Presentation Maker Terms and Conditions. These specify that "Authorized users for ClinicalKey have permission to use content from the site in presenations for noncommercial use.  You must keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices"

But producing an OER is a noncommercial use. I would have thought that using Elsevier images in a presentation with their copyright respected would be a great way of advertising what might be a very useful service.

Maybe Clinical Key will rethink this.


  1. Hi Anne Marie, in haste, Liz Mossop asked me to reply,

    We are having exactly these discussions with Elsevier as part of the PublishOER project. I can send you a report if you wish, except I haven't finished it yet!

    Basically everything is copyright (even a photo of the Mona Lisa is copyright - to the photographer) and very few licences allow third party upstream rights to be included in OER, however you can seek permission by asking their permissions department or see RightsLink.

    We are HOPING to secure the basis of a national agreement (with Rightscom and JISC Collections) to allow third party published works to appear in OER (obviously this will benefit any teaching materials), there are some challenging conditions attached. See our OER phase 3 blog for more info.

    Meanwhile, if you are interested, pick up on the changes to Canadian copyright law.

    Best wishes,


    1. Thanks Megan. My question was specifically in relation to this tool which makes it easier to make presentation, and embeds all copyright notification, so that they can be shared as presentations for 'non-commercial use'. I'm trying to clarify if putting the presentation on slide-share, which would be using it in a presentation for non-commercial use, contravenes the permissions.

      The Elsevier team say they will ask for clarification. It might just be a matter for them to make the permissions guidance more transparent.


  2. Just to add up to those new to the term OER was coined in 2002 to illustrate shared electronic learning and teaching materials which (typically) have evidently certain creative commons licensing arrangements representing how they can be repurposed in teaching and learning.

  3. Your site is very good and helpful thank you.


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