Sharing and actively promoting your research will lead to more people reading it and hopefully, more people citing it in their own papers. You can connect your research with people outside of academia, too, increasing its impact and connecting with more readers in industry, in the media, and around the world. See also our Researcher academic networking sites page.
An effective poster can attract unexpected contacts and connections, promote your profile and research, and engage others in debate. You may be available to present your poster and answer questions about your research, but if you are not there it can still be effective:
It is important to work within copyright rules. Take a look at our guide on finding images and understanding the different types of copyright. Don't forget to credit your images - just as you would credit any quotations or ideas in your research papers. Using your own images is a great way to ensure you stay within copyright rules.
You can also read our full guide to copyright.