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An interesting opportunity has emerged that bridges the gap between lengthy, detailed presentations of scientific findings and ‘sound bites’ appropriate for media reporting – very short presentations often presented in sets. Lightning or Ignite (20 slides @15 seconds each) and PechaKucha (20 slides @20 seconds each) presentations are common formats for short, rapid communications at scientific conferences and public events. The simple rules for making good presentations also apply, but these presentation formats provide both unique communication opportunities and novel challenges. In the spirit of light, quick, and exact (but without the fox), here are ten simple rules for presentation formats that do not wait for the speaker.
This is a pre-print of the top ten simple rules format typical in PLOS.