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Poster Presenter Guide

General Information
Poster sessions are a forum for information exchange that allows a presenter to engage others in direct, one-on-one discussion about their research. Unlike a spoken presentation where research is presented to an audience of multiple people, a poster presentation can be more conversational and should be self-explanatory to allow multiple viewers to quickly learn about your research on their own.

Room 517B | Palais des congrès de Montréal

1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl | Montréal, Québec H2Z 1H5 Canada

Abstract Numbering
Each poster abstract is assigned a four digit number.

  • The first digit identifies the poster session. There are five sessions:
    (Times may be subject to change.)
    • Session 1: Thursday, November 14 (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
    • Session 2: Friday, November 15 (12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
    • Session 3: Friday, November 15 (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
    • Session 4: Saturday, November 16 (12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
    • Session 5: Saturday, November 16 (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
  • The last three digits range between 001 and 200. This is the poster board number in a poster session (i.e., “001” refers to board #1 and “125” refers to board #125).
  • Example Abstract Numbers:
    • Abstract #2125 = Poster Session 2, board #125.
    • Abstract #4010 = Poster Session 4, board #010.
    • Abstract #5150 = Poster Session 5, board #150.

For proper display at the venue, your poster should have a horizontal (or landscape) orientation and be no larger than the following dimensions:

Width: 8 feet (2.44 meters)

Height: 4 feet (1.22 meters)

Poster Preparation and Design

Poster Design Basics

Review the General Information section above for important information about presenting a poster at the 2019 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting.This video contains tips that may be useful to preparing an effective poster design but it is not a required layout for posters presented at a Psychonomic Society event.Your poster should be designed to best present your research. It may be beneficial to seek advice from a colleague at your institution who has experience presenting a poster.

Please Note: The video above is publicly available on YouTube and was not produced by the Psychonomic Society. Its inclusion here does not represent the endorsement of its content or creator. More videos on poster design are available on YouTube.



The title of your poster should be prominent, generally a banner across the top and visible to attendees from a distance. Lettering should be at least 1-inch (2.54 cm) high.

Poster boards are numbered and ordered by the abstract code included in the email with your schedule. It is recommended that you include the poster number at the top of your poster, generally in the top left corner.

The title and poster number should be the same as the corresponding abstract in the program and mobile app.

Presenter and Co-author Names
The poster should include the names and affiliations of all the contributing authors included with the abstract in the program. The name and affiliation of the presenting author should be clearly indicated.

Figures should be designed to be viewed from a distance, using clear, visible graphics. Although each figure should illustrate no more than one or two major points, figures need not be simple. The main points should be clear without extended viewing, but detail can be included for the knowledgeable viewer.

Each figure or table should have a heading of one or two lines in large type stating the “take-home” message. Detailed information should be in smaller type in a legend below the graphic. Because there is no text accompanying a poster, the figure legend should contain commentary that would normally appear in the text of a manuscript (results and discussion). It should describe concisely not only the content of the figure but also the conclusions derived from it. Details of methodology should be kept brief and should be placed at the end of the legend.

Please follow the Psychonomic Society Statistical Guidelines. Effect sizes should be reported and error bars with appropriate labels should be included on all graphs.

Arrange materials in columns rather than in rows. It is easier to scan a poster by moving systematically along it rather than by zigzagging back and forth in front of it. An introduction should be placed at the upper left and a conclusion at the lower right, both in large type. The sequence of illustrations should be indicated with numbers or letters at least 1-inch high, preferably in bold print.

You may find it convenient to have a separate section describing methods, but it is quite effective to include this information as part of the data presentation, as described above. Carefully chosen photographs of apparatus, or schematic diagrams of procedures, can convey a great deal of information about methods without much text. Most viewers will tend to skim or ignore long textual passages.

Poster Printing
If you wish to have your poster printed in Montréal so you can pick it up upon arrival, you can do so by placing an order directly with MP Repro. MP Repro is a print shop located right next door to the convention center. Orders should be placed by November 4, 2019. If you need to submit an order after November 4, it is recommended that you call MP Repro to ensure your order can be completed in time.

The following prices apply to poster printing services for Psychonomics 2019:




36” X 48”

$ 54 CAD

48” X 60”

$ 80 CAD

48” X 96”

$ 128 CAD


Pricing is based on full color printing on white matte poster paper material. A satin photo paper is also available at an extra charge.


The ideal way to send files is to use MP Repro's online order form at: You will need to create an account to place an order. In case of technical problems, files can also be sent by email to: (Files can be sent using Dropbox or Wetransfer as well.)


To ensure correct pricing, it will very important to refer to “Psychonomic2019” when placing your order. To facilitate the pick up process, please note that you will be required to make your payment by credit card upon placement of your order.


You will be able to pick up your poster at MP Repro's shop, located at 1030 Chenneville.

Statement on Anti-harassment
The Psychonomic Society is an inclusive and welcoming organization, and our meeting should reflect those values. Conference attendees and visitors should enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and freedom from harassment of all kinds. Recent events in the media remind us that academic settings are where we must be especially vigilant. As a scientific society, we do not want to police behavior, nor do we wish to dampen the professional and personal interactions that are so important to our meeting. But we do encourage members to take into account others’ perspectives and consider how a question, comment, or invitation might be received when there is a power differential between parties. No attendee should feel vulnerable to harassment at our meetings, or feel that they are enduring a climate of fear or hostility. Let’s all work together to ensure that our values of inclusion, respect, and professionalism are philosophies that are enjoyed by all of our members and attendees.

Special Assistance
The Psychonomic Society wishes to ensure that no individual is excluded because of the absence of auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance at the meeting, please complete the appropriate section of the online registration form or e-mail

Program and Conference Organization
The Secretary, Reed Hunt, has the responsibility for organizing the program, and the Program Committee reviews all submissions. They do so with the indispensable help of Lou Shomette, Executive Director; Amy Bucaida, Meeting Planner; Nan Knuteson, Registrar; and Bill Stoeffler, Account Director.

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