Poster Guidelines

Guidelines are unchanged from the 2000 Atlanta meeting.

Poster authors must be available at their poster during their session's Question & Answer period.

Poster Size

Each poster mounting board is approximately 4 feet tall by 8 feet wide; it stands approximately 30 inches off the floor. There will be several feet of space between rows of poster boards. One (1) poster will be mounted on each side of the board.

The boards have a usable area of 3'10" high x 7'8" wide (one side of the poster board). Be prepared with your own material (thumb tacks and masking tape) to secure items to the boards.

Poster Presentation

Each poster is required to contain a panel listing the title of the abstract, the name(s) of the author(s) and a copy of your abstract in large type (increase by photocopy).

The following guidelines may prove helpful in the preparation of your poster.

- Use the largest possible type size, and bullet your major points. Text should be printed in fonts of 3/8" height. Any hand-lettered materials should be in heavy lettering at least 3/8" high.

- Professionally drawn charts, tables and graphics will greatly increase the effectiveness of any poster. Illustrations and tables should be kept relatively simple to maximize legibility. Avoid "artsy" style and keep captions brief.

- Lines in graphs should be heavy. Choose colors that are easily distinguishable from one another. Symbols, letters and numbers should be large enough to be seen from a distance of six feet.

- Contrast is important. A backing of colored paper or posterboard for each item of your poster will make it more attractive. Consider using different colored backings to help group your major headings.

- It's easier to read a poster if the information is arranged in vertical columns rather than horizontal strips.