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I've sent an abstract to a prestigious conference in my field, which has been accepted as a poster presentation. How should I ask them to reconsider my poster as a talk?


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UPDATE: Based on the comments, I emailed them, but unfortunately they said that they were unable to change it to a talk. My other paper got accepted as a oral presentation elsewhere.

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    Why should they reconsider? Is there new information that they didn't have when they made their initial decision?
    – ff524
    Dec 4, 2016 at 6:34
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    "Nothing has changed, but I wish you had made a different decision in the first place" is generally not a convincing reason to ask someone to change that decision.
    – ff524
    Dec 4, 2016 at 6:46
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    Yeah, deciding that what you were missing is a coauthor with a better record of publication is going to be a really productive way to go forward. Dec 5, 2016 at 9:10
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    @salahgeek, no. Papers and abstracts are judged on the value of the contents, not the names of the authors. At least in my field. Dec 5, 2016 at 16:22
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    @salehgeek: My general answer would be that you shouldn't try, but it's also worth pointing out that in some fields it's an even worse idea than others. In my field (computer vision), for example, there are conferences where peer-reviewers explicitly evaluate your paper for either poster or oral presentation. If they recommend poster, that's what you get - asking them to upgrade it to an oral presentation just because you want the perks that go with a better-received paper is likely to make them view you rather negatively. Dec 6, 2016 at 10:04

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The choice among different presentations often depends on the program and planning of the congress and is in hands of the organising commitee. I don't consider fair to request this change. Take into account that you will have future opportunities to present your work on different ways. In addition, there are many conventions devoted mainly to poster sessions and these are very fruitful. Finally, the acceptance as a poster could have an other meaning (and I have such experience): "your work has little value, but, please, come in and discuss your paster with us!"

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Regardless of whether the organizers will change the poster to a oral talk or not, asking why will help towards improving the quality, presentation and releventness of the work. But to improve your chances, do not ask nor submit abstracts near the deadline.

Anyways, a poster presentation is a valuable experience in itself. Just as @decenzio said,

Finally, the acceptance as a poster could have an other meaning (and I have such experience): "your work has little value, but, please, come in and discuss your poster with us!"

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