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Poster Guidelines

Poster size:

36 in (width) x 54 in (height)
90 cm (width) x 140 cm (height)
(Portrait style)

Please, keep in mind that an effective poster is a visual communication tool.

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Divide the contents of your poster into appropriate sections:

  • Title and authors
  • SHORT abstract
  • Context
  • Methods
  • Data and results
  • Conclusion
  • References (not more than three refs.)
  • Brief acknowledgment (if any)
  • Affiliation (s)

Headings above each section should indicate its contents and identify the appropriate sequence for viewing the poster, using clearly visible numbers, letters or arrows.

Font size of no less than 20 for your text and no less than 36 for headings, since most viewers will be standing at least three feet away from your poster. Use larger lettering for the poster's title (at least 2 in/ 5 cm high). AVOID fonts that utilize script or are difficult to read. If hand lettering is required, use felt-tip black ink.

Written text should be concise. Save unessential but helpful or interesting secondary points for discussion with your viewers.

Graphs, charts and tables are the centerpiece of your poster. Simple, clean graphics communicate relationships quickly. Write explanations or legend directly on figures.

Your printed conclusions should permit observers to focus on a concise statement of your central findings that lends itself to informal discussion.

AVOID bright colored backgrounds.

Bring 20-40 copies of your poster printed on regular paper (e.g., US letter or legal format) for distribution. If you print your poster on a standard sheet of paper, you should be able to read all of it, including text in figures, comfortably. If you can't, your text is too small. A notepad may prove helpful in elaborating further upon your poster or for taking names and addresses of people interested in your research. *


Each poster is assigned a place number. Posters will be located in the foyers of Marie-Gérin-Lajoie and Alfred-Laliberté Halls (IASCL Central). Posters should be set up before 9:00 am on the day they are scheduled for presentation. Although posters can be viewed any time during the day, poster discussion takes place in the afternoon, at 16:30 - 18:30. Hors d'oeuvres are served and there is a cash bar. The responsible author must be present near the poster to interact with conference attendees during this designated poster session time. Posters are taken down after 18:30.

Please, bring pushpins to attach your poster and material to the billboard. Do not use screws or adhesive tape.

* Source: 1999 APSA Website:

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