Poster guidelines

Some participants have been selected to present a poster at the conference. To ensure a fairly uniform quality to the posters, we ask those of you who this concerns to read the following guidelines intended for the poster contents, size and orientation.

General contents

First of all, it is important that your poster can be easily absorbed. Do not over-indulge in text production but try to keep the reading to a minimum, instead using visual aids such as example blocks, graphics, etc. Bear in mind that poster presenters will be asked to give a brief oral summary of their subject before the poster exhibition so there is no need to include absolutely everything in text. Further to the contents, it is preferable to divide what you want to say into a few different subsections with their own titles. It is always a good idea to emphasise the main point of each section by summarising it in a final sentence! A final section for results is a generally used practice.


Use a font that is easy to read. Use a minimum amount of bold or italics – these should only be used to emphasise a vital point. Use a sufficiently large font size, keeping in mind that a typical reader will stand a few feet away.

Size & orientation

Limit your poster size to a maximum of A1: 594 x 841 mm. Use portrait orientation.

In addition to the guidelines above, we suggest that you post a small picture of yourself beside your name and affiliation; this way people will find you if they happen to read your poster when you are not presenting it, and can ask questions. It is also a nice idea to bring handouts of the poster with you. Do not worry about pins or other aspects of the actual presentation; we will provide push pins and boards for the poster.

You will find good guidelines in detail by the Linguistic Society of America for a poster here (below are some of the major points in citation):

LSA Poster Guidelines

“At the top of your poster, include the title of your poster (as it was indicated in the abstract you submitted and as it is listed in the program). Under this in a smaller font size, include the name(s) of the author(s). Below this in either the same or a reduced font size, include author affiliation(s). You may wish to include a university, center, or company logo; if so, check on regulations related to graphics and visual identity. You may choose to include the conference name and date in this area. You should include a contact email address either here or at the bottom of your poster near the acknowledgements and/or references. The rest of the content will go underneath the title area.”

“Give each section a heading, such as the following: introduction, problem, puzzle, previous research, method, proposal, claim, results, conclusions, open questions, acknowledgements, references. Some presenters like to number their sections (similar to a paper) to assist the audience members in proceedings from one section to another, but this is not necessary if the headings and progression are clear.”

“You may find it challenging to reduce text – especially with more theoretical work – but here are some suggestions to help you accomplish this. Avoid full sentences, and instead use bullet points, indentation, symbols, and key words and phrases indicated with special font to emphasize important points. Use active, not passive, voice.”

”Consider including a caption with each figure or table that very briefly summarizes the main point of that information.”

“You may wish to choose a serif or sans serif font throughout. Another option is to choose a sans serif font (such as Arial, Helvetica, or Verdana) for headings and a serif font (such as Times New Roman or Cambria) for text.” 

“Generally, the information at the top of the poster ranges between 60pt and 125pt, with the title between 80pt and 125pt and the author and venue information between 60pt and 90pt.”