Scholarly and research posters are typically one-time use items; once the conference or presentation is over, the poster hangs on a wall or is recycled, although some conferences "publish" posters online or abstracts in a professional association journal/supplement. However, these "grey" publications often have value as citable items later in the lifecycle of research. Archiving your poster allows you to:
Point to a permanent, citable location for your poster with a DOI (digital object identifier)
Point to the actual poster(not just an abstract), including data, results, conclusions, and other information
Archive research that may have value but not result in a published article
Provide a record or timeline of research progress
Include durable links on reports, CVs, etc.
Extend the reach of innovations and ideas to a greater, public, audience
Market the secondary research output of a lab, division, department, or school.
Although your poster can simply be posted on a lab, department, or personal website in PDF format, for more stable and long-term storage and access, submitting it to an online repository such as the Carolina Digital Repository or F1000Research is a good idea.
The Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), UNC Chapel Hill's Institutional Repository, safeguards and provides access to the scholarly work and research files produced or collected by faculty, students and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This includes scholarly posters.
F1000Research publishes scholarly posters and slides covering basic scientific, translational and clinical research within the life sciences and medicine; other formats may be considered in the future. Unlike articles, posters and slides are not peer reviewed in F1000Research. F1000Research also publishes documents.
F1000Research only offers the publication of scholarly posters and slides within gateways and collections (as of December 2019). If you would like to create a collection or gateway for the hosting of your own posters and slides then please contact them at email@example.com.