Edit Ruthlessly!

There ALWAYS is too much text in a poster.

  1. Posters primarily are visual presentations; the text materials serve to support the graphic materials.
  2. Look critially at the layout. If there is about 20% text, 40% graphics and 40% empty space, you are doing well.
  3. When in doubt, rephrase that text or delete it. (Keep chanting this mantra: There always is too much text. Always too much text.)
  4. Use active voice when writing the text; It can be demonstrated becomes The data demonstrate.
  5. Delete all redundant references and filler phrases, such as see Figure ...
  6. Remove all material extraneous to the focal point of the poster.
  7. Since the abstract is usually published, there is no need to repeat it in the poster. The brief introduction should be sufficient to identify the purpose of the study.
  8. Since graphs & figures will have explanatory captions, there is no need to label the graphic with Figure 1, Table 2, etc.

  • The poster is not a publication of record, so excessive detail about methods, or vast tables of data are not necessary. This material can be discussed with interested persons individually during or after the session, or presented in a handout.

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    Jeff Radel