Presenting at a JSS Panel

The Presentation

This is not a traditional presentation; you will have a few moments to introduce your paper and get the discussion started. Don’t worry - you'll have a 20 minute block that will be an ongoing discussion of your paper, so you don’t need to explain everything right away. Your group will all have read your paper as well so you should be able to get a good discussion going right away.

When other members of your group are presenting, remember that you are an active part of the symposium. Be sure to ask questions and engage with the presenters. If you have any thoughts that you think would help the presenter then speak up and talk about them as a group. It can be almost as hard to write a good paper as it can be to ask a good question; treat this as a real opportunity to analyze work.

The Poster

ISA will have poster display boards (8 feet long x 4 feet tall) and pushpins ready for you. Your job is to make a great poster and be ready to give and receive feedback!

We've put together a great video to help you as you get ready to craft your poster. Check it out here!


  • Clearly Identify the Poster: Include/highlight title of paper, author(s) and institutional affiliation(s)
  • Use Headings: Traditionally these include the abstract, methodology, data, results and conclusions
  • Be Concise: Save elaborative points for discussion/interaction with viewers - using headings and bullet points assists in minimal text but maximum information transmission
  • Use Visuals: Graphs, charts and/or tables transmit a large amount of information in less space and increase the readability of posters


  • DO NOT mount the text of your paper as the poster! Have copies of your paper for viewers to take if you wish
  • Use Large Font: Headings and Title lettering should be at least 1 inch tall, body text about 16 point font or larger - ideally the text should be visible and readable from 5 feet
  • Use Neutral Background & High Contrast Text: Neutral backgrounds and black text increase the readability of posters - a splash of color here and there, perhaps highlighting central finding(s) or provocative results, will make your poster "stand out" from the crowd
  • Print: Avoid fonts that are script or difficult to read -if hand lettering is required, use a black felt-tip pen (Sharpie)

Examples from the 2013 JSS Sessions

Paper Deadline

What makes JSS panels unique is the degree to which presenters are fully active participants. Presenters have only a few moments to present their papers, then the discussion begins immediately. As part of this, presenters send out their papers at least a month in advance of the convention so that everyone has sufficient time to prepare (see the current convention for the exact date). It can be almost as hard to write a good paper as it can be to ask a good question; treat this as a real opportunity to analyze work.

Deadline: March 2, 2018


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