I submitted a paper for a conference and I was just wondering since it's a paper submission is it sure that it will be an oral presentation or they can still ask for a poster presentation?

  • What field is this? Aug 20, 2018 at 17:40
  • biology/ medical/ imaging
    – learners
    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:36

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That would depend on the conference itself. You need to read the fine print or ask the program committee. Some will either just accept or reject a paper (as corrected, of course). Some have separate poster sessions with separate committees and a different criteria for acceptance. There is too much variability to make a clear answer.

However, you should not depend on that happening at any conference. It is possible that if your paper is rejected, one of the reviewers might suggest submitting it as a poster. That of course would depend on due dates.

  • Actually I have already been accepted (not 100% sure yet I have to do some modification before) but they didn't specify anything ! here's what i've received: "Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that your above paper has been accepted for presentation at [.....] subject to the conditions below". So is it an oral presentation ?
    – learners
    Aug 20, 2018 at 12:45
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    @learneRS Yes, if you fulfill the conditions.
    – Buffy
    Aug 20, 2018 at 12:53

The official conference scientific committee, frequently supported by a selected team of peer reviewers -- ...and a spoonful of politics... -- will ultimately decide on whether a submission should feature as oral presentation or a poster. Or not to feature at all (yes: conference submissions can be rejected).

Generally, oral presentations are regarded as "of higher status" than posters, thus fitting in as oral presentation might be more competitive.

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