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My advisor has suggested that I should send a poster version of an already accepted full paper to the same conference. He suggests that I should do this because he thinks this will trigger more discussions about this work and make it known by more people. The intention is good, but I have a concern since it is a poster version of the same paper in the same conference. I feel weird.

Can anybody give me more suggestions? Should I do this?

  • From the conferences that I have attended, it is very common to do this. – Austin Henley Mar 8 '16 at 2:00
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Some conferences explicitly encourage (or even require) poster presentation of papers. In this case, there is typically an option to simply request that your existing paper also be given a poster slot. Thus, it may in fact be quite reasonable to seek to present in both ways, if the conference supports this.

It would not, however, be appropriate to submit a separate poster paper that pretends to be different than the accepted paper. That would be self-plagiarism, and the conference organizers might look very badly upon you for doing that.

I would thus recommend getting in touch with the poster chair and asking if they allow accepted full papers to have an accompanying poster as well. If so, that's great, and you probably don't need to submit anything more than a formality at most. If not, then accept that there will be no poster and don't submit anything!

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  • I just wanted to add that "some conferences" is actually "most conferences" in fields like chemistry and biology. – VonBeche Mar 8 '16 at 9:37
  • @VonBeche Not in the parts of biology that I deal with, where there's no such thing as a full conference paper. – jakebeal Mar 8 '16 at 12:15
  • I missed that it was based on a conference paper, I just assumed it was a paper published somewhere else. To be clear: most of the posters I see are based on publications (or publications-to-be), and conference papers are not common. – VonBeche Mar 8 '16 at 13:42
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The answer to this hinges on what is meant by "the same". If the gist of the poster is the same as that of the full conference paper, this would be some kind of double submission, which is usually not acceptable.

Posters can, however, be, and at least in my CS subfield, routinely are, complementing the paper by focusing on aspects of the same research endeavour that are more suited for a poster, such as:

  • a test prototype, which is only a side-note in the main paper, can be in the focus of the poster
  • the generic methodology used for an evaluation; while the paper might be describing the concrete case in order to focus on the problem, the proposed solution, and the results, the poster can be used to document details about the evaluation of the solution and instruct others how to use the same method for other, similar problems (usually too far out of scope to fit in the main paper, and too "thin" to warrant a regular paper of its own)
  • possible future work building upon your paper, in order to incite a discussion during the poster session, gather new ideas, and taking advantage of the circumstance that poster sessions often explicitly invite work in progress

In any case, you should reference the poster from the paper and vice-versa, both in the papers and during the conference, to avoid allegations of self-plagiarism, and even more importantly, because you want to make sure people who are interested in your research are aware of both published facets thereof.

If you have an opportunity to inform the conference chairs about the way in which your submissions are linked, it cannot hurt to do so, but this is not always possible or even customary in some fields.

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  • Would the downvoter mind to explain what is wrong with this answer, please? – O. R. Mapper Mar 8 '16 at 18:24

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