Characteristics of Acknowledgements
- Lists names of scientists who contributed to the research but did not provide substantial contribution that would justify authorship.
- Lists the funding sources (e.g., grant number, U.S. Government Agency) that made the research possible.
- Lists names of research centers, institutions and organizations where research was conducted.
One of the hallmarks of good science is to be open about the research and provide as much information as possible. This is also true when acknowledging the funding source for the research and names of scientists who contributed to the research. The Acknowledgements section typically appears last in a poster (Figs. 2 and 9) and is where an author will list the people who contributed to the research, but did not provide substantial contribution to the work that they should appear as a co-author on the poster. The Acknowledgments is also the section of the poster where the authors list the financial support for their research. These can include grants, contracts, fellowships or scholarships. The name of funding agencies who provided support for the research should be listed in this section. For example, an author may write: “Financial support was provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation, grant number EAR-012345”.