Poster Guidelines

Guidelines for Presenters 


Poster presentations are intended to stimulate in-depth discussions between presenters and interested colleagues. The Program Committee emphasizes that poster presentations should NOT be conceptualized, or presented, as typed papers tacked on a board.

Guidelines for poster presentations are described below.  These guidelines should assist in the development of posters which present an orderly, self-explanatory sequence of text and illustrations which permit the observer to quickly locate and understand all major points.  Perhaps the most obvious question to ask while constructing the poster is, "What would I need to know if I were viewing this material for the first time?"


Poster boards and pushpins will be provided and placed in the designated meeting room.  Poster boards will be sequentially numbered and assigned to presenters as indicated in the Conference Program on the date of the conference (i.e., Poster 1 is assigned to poster board #1).  Please do not write or paint on the poster boards.


Poster boards are 4 feet high and 6 feet wide and are cork colored.  Posters should be easy to read and not crowded.  It is suggested that no smaller than 18 point print be used for text and legends.  Be selective and save non-essential, but interesting, information for informal discussion with interested colleagues.

It is suggested that you prepare for the top of your poster a title with lettering no less than 1 inch high, and an author(s) and institution(s) list with lettering no less than 1/2 inch high.

In the body of the poster, arrange the conceptual flow of materials in columns rather than rows.  It is easier for viewers to scan a poster by moving systema tically along it rather than by zig-zagging back and forth in front of it.  An introduction should be placed at the upper left, and a conclusion at the lower right.  Each figure or table should have a heading of 1 or 2 lines in large type stating the "take home" message.  Detailed information should be provided in a legend below.  Because there is no text accompanying the poster, the legend should contain commentary that would normally appear in the body of manuscript.  I t should describe the content of the figure and the conclusions derived therefrom.  Details of methodology should be brief and limited to essentials.

 *Adapted from the standards of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Neuroscience.