Earlier this year, the BSN committee agreed to join forces with F1000 Posters, a new initiative run by the Faculty of 1000 team.
F1000 Posters was launched in June 2010 to increase the exposure presenters receive for their research following conference presentation. It provides a free central site and invites poster presenters from over 100 conferences across the fields of biology and medicine to deposit their work. Users of the site can then search all posters relevant to their own research, irrespective of the conference where the work was originally presented, and provide feedback and ideas. Moreover, following deposition of posters, F1000's expert Faculty of 10,000 members will then view these submissions to identify those they wish to select for positive evaluation.
F1000 Posters is already working with the International Neuroendocrine Federation (INF) and it is hoped that involvement of societies such as INF and BSN will support the overarching aim of improving communication between researchers and clinicians interested in neuroendocrinology. Currently, top performing posters on the site attract between 400-1200 individual hits in a month.
Importantly, the decision to deposit poster data with F1000 Posters is entirely voluntary and up to the discretion of the authors.
For further information, please visit the F1000 Posters web page (http://f1000.com/posters) or see the abstract submission page for BSN2012 (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/bsn-2012/). The deadline for BSN abstract submission is 4 May 2012.
Jonathan Johnston, Surrey