F1000 Posters, an open access poster repository, provides a permanent, structured environment for the deposition of posters as well as a trustworthy venue for ongoing discussion and development of the information being presented.
F1000 Posters enables researchers to maximize the value of their poster by dramatically increasing access and by helping to prevent lengthy delays before others can benefit from new research. The feedback gained by scientists from such early dissemination may help direct future work and also may reduce the duplication of effort between labs and departments, whether by speeding progress towards a similar goal or by preventing the replication of work that has previously failed.
In several surveys of researchers from across life science and medicine, over 85% of the several thousand respondents told us that they would submit their posters to such an open access repository and 95% thought a repository would be useful to them as users. Initial responses from some of the leading publishers and journal editors has also been supportive and many have confirmed that they would not regard deposition of a poster in the repository as prior publication