Advantages and disadvantages of the academic poster genre Almost all students or novice researchers, upon entering the academic world, know that eventually they will be invited to prepare and present an academic poster. This task is often met with mixed feelings not only because it is often the entry point into academic life, but also because what the genre entails is not always clear to the novice author (Hay & Thomas, 1999). The poster session itself is often met with mixed reviews both from the participants as well as the viewers, because of several physical limitations, and the fact that still today it considered less prestigious to present at a poster session than at a paper session (Swales & Feak, 2000; Swales, 2004).