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Membership FAQs

How much does it cost to join APSA?

See this rate sheet, all membership dues are paid annually.

What do I receive as a member?

APSA membership includes subscriptions to American Political Science Review, PS: Political Science & Politics, and Perspectives on Politics (for most member types). All members receive access to the online versions of all three journals, plus APSA's online job listings (eJobs).

APSA membership also includes discounts on our Annual Meeting and publications, discounts on memberships in our sister associations through interdisciplinary membership, discounts on various scholarly publications through the Scholar Saver, and discounts on services through our various affiliation programs.

Student memberships include full online-only access to the three journals mentioned above.

We also offer several other subscription-based services: membership in over 40 Organized Sections, some of which also include additional journal subscriptions, access to the archives of APSR, PS, Perspectives and several other selected political science journals through JSTOR, and a Premium Subscription to eJobs.

When will I get my journals?

You'll start receiving journals the month after you join. Members (other than family, associate, and high school faculty) receive one journal a month. PS comes out in January, April, July, and October. APSR is published in February, May, August, and November. Perspectives will arrive in March, June, September, and December. High school members only receive PS, Associate members receive only the journal they selected, and family members do not receive any paper journal subscriptions.

What if I'd rather start with a different month?

If you want your membership to start earlier (for instance, you join in February but want to receive the full volume year of all 3 APSA journals), just let the member services team know when you submit your application.

I was overseas and renewed 6 months late - what happens now?

Your membership expiration will be moved up and you will not receive back issues unless you specifically request them on your renewal form.

What is an APSA Organized Section? What do I get if I join one?

What is eJobs?

eJobs access: Most comprehensive database of jobs related to political science, accessible to members

eJobs Placement Interview Service: APSA provides space and facilities for employers who have posted an eJobs listing to interview candidates onsite at the meeting. The service is provided as a complimentary member benefit to departmental members with posted eJobs.

eJobs posting:Institutions with a departmental membership have the ability to post jobs at no additional charge (non-member institutions may post for a monthly fee).

4 Easy Steps: How to Post on eJobs

  1. Login to your membership account.
  2. Select the “My Jobs Listings,” located under the “Membership” heading on your APSA profile.
  3. Select “Add Job” option in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  4. Fill in the position information in each of the fields.

Note: If the department is not current/active member, then they will be charged $300 for the first month of posting and an additional $150 per each additional month.

What is interdisciplinary membership? What would I get? How does it work?

My spouse/partner is a Student Member. Can I join as a Family Member?

No - family membership can only be used if your spouse or partner is a Professional or Life Member of APSA.

I'm going to be moving, and I want to make sure the APSA's journals catch up with me. When do I need to let you know my new address?

As soon as possible, since we can always wait to process your address change. But certainly no later than the beginning of the month before an issue is due out (for instance, to make sure an address change gets processed in time to redirect your August issue of APSR, you'd want to notify us by the beginning of July). Please login to your APSA membership account to report address changes.

I'm retiring and I'm thinking about donating my collection of APSR and PS. What are they worth for tax purposes?

APSA recommends that members contact a qualified tax professional with regards to issues of journal donations for tax deduction purposes.

I didn't receive my journal last month. What do I do?

Email the APSA member services team, or give us a call at 202.483.2512, and we'll send a replacement right away. If you're an international member, remember that it takes the journals about 3 weeks to reach you.

Now that I'm a member, how can I get more involved in APSA?

I've heard that APSA's started a mentoring initiative. What's that all about?

Does APSA have a refund policy for membership?

Yes. Membership may be cancelled by contacting the APSA membership department by e-mail at [email protected] or by mail; however, APSA does not offer refunds for cancelled memberships.

What is APSA Connect?

APSA Connect is APSA’s connected community that creates a secure, private community platform that empowers its users to create and manage meaningful, engaging online communities. It is designed to improve engagement, promote information sharing, increase collaboration, solve problems and provide a forum for innovation.

Members of organized sections will automatically become an active member of that section’s connected community.

You can access APSA Connect by signing into your APSA account and clicking on APSA Connect at the top of the page.

What is the APSA Member Bookshelf and how do I get access?

The APSA Member Bookshelf provides you with FREE access to digital books. Currently featuring the digital book release of Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, the Member Bookshelf provides an expanding list of titles. Login to your MyAPSA account to enjoy this new member benefit! You will find the link on the right-hand side of your MyAPSA page under "Account Actions."

What do I receive with a subscription to JSTOR?

For a $15 annual subscription rate, you have access to one of the most trusted online resources for information and knowledge. You are entitled access to a vast digital archive including, but not limited to, the following head titles:

  • Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (American Society of International Law)
  • International Legal Materials
  • American Political Science Review
  • PS: Political Science and Politics
  • Proceedings of the American Political Science Association
  • Perspectives on Politics
  • Political Science Quarterly
  • American Journal of International Law
  • American Journal of Political Science

*Please note that your JSTOR subscription will be co-terminus with your APSA Membership.

Have any other questions?

Contact the Member Services team today!

American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

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