Slide Preparation Guidelines

Slide Preparation Guidelines

This article outlines our presentation slide guidelines for speakers.

Slide Order 

  1. Slide #1 – Presentation Title (including your name and institution)
  2. Slide #2 – Disclosure Statement
    1. List all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months to your session
      1. Example: Speakers Bureau - Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb
    2. If no financial relationships exist, put the following on the slide: “I have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.”
  3. If you include your academic institution logo, only place it on the Slide #1 – Presentation Title and/or Slide #2 – Disclosure Statement
  4. Slide #3 – Evidence-based medicine (EBM) or Key References
    1. List three (3) references supporting the key points of your talk
    2. This is separate from any footnotes or bibliography that you may include
  5. Final slide (optional) – Links and Resources
    1. You are encouraged to include links to resources at the end of your slides because attendees use the information in their practices or research
    2. Your handouts and resources should:
      1. Reiterate the essentials of your talk (e.g. clinical pearls)
      2. Follow your presented slides closely

Product/Brand Names

Do not include product/brand names or logos in your presentation. However, institution logos (i.e., non-PhRMA related logos such as university names, associations and government agencies) are allowed in the body of your presentation. If it is necessary to reference a commonly used brand name or product, the scientific or generic name should be referenced next to it, e.g., Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Corporate Logos

There may not be any for-profit and or ineligible company logos. The following logos are permitted: hospital, school, association, non-profit, government agency, journal. You can also put the name of a for-profit and or ineligible company as text. 


Typically the number of slides should not exceed the total number of allotted minutes to speak (not including a title slide and acknowledgements).


  1. ACR has provided an optional PowerPoint template for your use; see the attached template at the bottom of this page
  2. Slides should remain in the template’s widescreen, 16:9 format
  3. Fonts should be readable without magnification (no smaller than 18 point and preferably using 24 point as configured in the template)
  4. Keep it simple:
    1. Avoid using too much text; express ideas in as few words as possible
    2. Convey only one main idea per slide
    3. Use several simple slides instead of one complex slide to convey points
  5. Use white space for extra impact
  6. Use bold, italics, underline, and bullets for emphasis
  7. Avoid all caps, which can be difficult to read
  8. Avoid long columns, figures, or tables that are illegible on a smaller screen
  9. Use the color scheme and fonts built into the template provided
  10. Make sure slide orientation is landscape and NOT portrait
  11. Minimize the use of builds, animated transitions, or videos
    1. These will not have the same impact in a web stream and can appear blocky and distorted to the viewer


  1. It is the responsibility of the speaker to ensure that copyright laws have not been violated in materials for duplication and/or presentation.
  2. The ACR does not assume the responsibility of acquiring permissions.
  3. Resource: When you Don't Need Permission to Use Another Owner's Trademarks

File Type

Save your slides in one of the following formats:
  1. PowerPoint 2013 or later (*.pptx format is preferred)
  2. Mac presentations in keynote format must be converted to PowerPoint

Photography Policy

  1. The ACR encourages the dissemination of educational content to benefit others
  2. Our presenters have the right to request no photographs during their session and can: 
    1. Announce this directly to attendees, and/or
    2. Include an icon to indicate their preference (click the image below to download)
  3. If permitted, photos must be captured in a non-disruptive manner so as not to disturb the presenter and attendees and should be for personal, non-commercial use
  4. Flash photography, video recording, and live streaming of any Education Exchange materials, including posters, exhibits and all presentations, are strictly prohibited

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