As mentioned previously in Creating Research Posters, content for research posters typically consists of text and images. This section focuses on putting together the text for your research poster, and provides tips for making sure your text is ready to be inserted in your poster.
Text for a research poster is typically written like an abstract for a paper that will be published in an academic journal, but the text for a research poster will be more structured than a typical abstract. You don't want to include the entire text of your paper in your poster — this will result in too much text on the poster, and make it harder for viewers to quickly read through your poster. However, if your poster text is written up like an abstract, summarizing the important information from each section of the paper, it'll be easier for viewers to read through quickly. If you like, you can bring copies of your full paper to a poster presentation to hand out, so interested people can read through the entire research paper if they like.
Instead of taking your completed research paper and editing it down to a lower word count, it's a good idea to write your poster text from scratch. This will help the text flow better in your poster, and eliminate the need for excessive editing of your original paper. When writing the text for your poster, you'll want to make sure that everyone can understand the content. This means you'll want to avoid using jargon — or, vocabulary specific to your field — to make sure that readers don't get confused by technical terms they may not be familiar with. If you must use jargon, you should define it (preferably immediately after the word is used) so readers can understand its use.
Discipline-specific structure information
For different disciplines, there are different structure guidelines for research poster. While many poster sessions focus on STEM disciplines, there are also sessions that focus on humanities-related research as well. Following are guidelines for structuring STEM and humanities posters.