November 25, 2019 – Mt. Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is pleased to offer scholarly posters as a new category of Annual Meeting presentations for 2020. Submissions for poster proposals are being accepted via the ScholarOne portal from now through 31 January 2020.
Cason Lynley and Yael Fitzpatrick, Annual Meeting Program Committee Co-Chairs, share the motivation behind this new opportunity at SSP’s 42nd Annual Meeting.
What is the overall intent for a poster?
Scholarly posters are used for the sharing of information in a concise presentation. Poster authors will stand alongside their posters during predetermined times (“poster sessions”) to discuss the information with interested attendees. Posters will also remain on display in a common area during the entire course of a meeting.
Why posters for SSP?
The SSP Annual Meeting is an important source of information and networking for our industry, and we are pleased to expand the ways we can create discussions. Posters provide an avenue to share additional content with attendees, and can even lead to more in-depth and interactive exchanges of information than is possible in concurrent sessions. Posters can be a natural medium for content that may not be right for a concurrent session, whether due to narrow focus or competition for concurrent slots. They can also be a great option for presenter(s) who are interested in less-structured, often one-on-one conversations about their content.
To fit in with our meeting theme of “Rethink, Reimagine, & Revolutionize the Future of Scholarly Communication,” we welcome submissions describing unconventional thinking or innovation in publishing (including small publishers, university presses, or library publishing programs), whether in a product, service, or process, to solve a particular problem or challenge you’ve encountered.
To further highlight this new content format, attendees will vote on their favorites for Best Content, Best Design, and Best All-Around.
How do I submit a poster proposal?
You do not need to have all the content finalized or the design completed when you submit your poster proposal. You just need your poster’s title, author(s), description, ideal audience, and topical area. Select “Poster Sessions” as your submission type on the ScholarOne site.
Are there resources for most effectively designing and producing my poster?
Yes! We will be sharing more information about that in the weeks ahead, including design tips, and Boston vendors who can produce paper or cloth posters.
We recognize that electronic posters are gaining in popularity at meetings around the world. While this will not be available at the 2020 SSP Annual Meeting, it is something we may be able to consider for the future.
If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Mitchell (email@example.com). We look forward to your poster submissions!