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About Becoming a Subscribing Member

What is a Subscribing Member?

Your $50 annual membership to the Society for Science & the Public includes:

  • Twenty-six issues of Science News magazine any way you want it: In print, online on your computer, tablet and smartphone or through our iPad app available from the iTunes store. 
  • Unlimited digital access to ScienceNews.org, including daily news, blogs, premium content and archives back to 1924.

In addition, your membership will help us:

  • Meet SSP’s mission of informing, educating and inspiring the public about science
  • Offer an online publication free of charge to millions of students, educators and parents each year
  • Promote our renowned competitions that provide more than $4 million in awards to students, educators and schools annually 

We’ll also send you regular updates from the Society so you can measure the impact of your investment and see the results of your support.

How do I become a Subscribing Member?

You can use the links below for any of the following Subscribing Member services:

Become a Subscribing Member 

Renew your membership

If you are a current Science News subscriber, we may require your current subscription information as it appears on the mailing label, renewal notice, or invoice in order to renew your Subscribing Membership in a timely fashion.

How do I update my address information?

You can update your address online via your My Account page by clicking the "Update Name, Username" button. To update your mailing address in a timely fashion, we may require your current Science News subscription information as it appears on the mailing label, renewal notice, or invoice. 

You can also use any of these alternative methods for any of the above services:

By telephone:

(800) 552-4412 (U.S.) (570) 567-1191 (outside U.S.)

Our Customer Service staff is available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.

By fax:

(202) 280-1132

By mail:

Society Membership Department

P.O. Box 1205 

Williamsport, PA 17703-1205

By e-mail

As a Subscribing Member, how do I update my preferences?

To update your email preferences or other information, please visit your My Account page. 

About Donations

What is the difference between a membership fee and a donation?

Your membership fee includes 26 issues of Science News in your choice of format, unlimited access to premium content and Science News archives online at ScienceNews.org, and regular newsletters and updates so you can measure your investment and see the results of your support. Since membership fees are payments for goods and services rendered, they are not tax deductible.

A donation to the Society for Science & the Public is any money given above and beyond your membership fee, or any money given outside of membership fees. Donations not only help to support Science News, but also our youth publication Science News for Students, our student resources, and promotion of our educational competitions. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations made to the Society for Science &the Public are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Is my membership fee (previously called a subscription fee) tax deductible?

No. Since your membership fee is a payment for goods and services rendered, it is not tax deductible.

How can I donate to Society for Science & the Public?

You can find information about ways to donate online, via mail, or by phone on our Donate page or our Workplace Giving and Matching Gifts page. For additional information, please contact donor@societyforscience.org

About Science News 

Science News has been published since 1922. This award-winning biweekly news magazine and daily news website covers important and emerging research in all fields of science. It publishes concise, accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, reaching more than 100,000 subscribers and close to 10 million online viewers annually. Science News is available online, in print and as a tablet edition on the iPad.

Who publishes Science News?

Science News is published by Society for Science & the Public (SSP), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization located in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education. The vision of SSP is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, inspire. SSP accomplishes this through its award-winning science journalism, the world’s leading youth science competitions and through other outreach efforts. These include Science News for Students, a free, online publication that reaches millions of learners and teachers worldwide each year.

How often does Science News publish?

Science News is published biweekly in print and iPad editions, with premium online access also available to paid subscribers. Our website is updated frequently with breaking Science News and includes the option to subscribe to emailed newsletter headlines.

How can I receive Science News?

You can get full access to Science News by becoming a “Subscribing Member” of the Society for Science & the Public. SSP Subscribing Members receive 1 year of print and digital access to Science News, including 26 magazine issues and ScienceNews.org daily news, blogs, premium content and archives back to 1924. This includes Science News magazine any way you want it: 

In print, online on your computer, tablet and smartphone or through our iPad app available from the iTunes store. 

I’m already a Science News print subscriber. Am I now also a Subscribing Member?

Yes, your current subscription automatically makes you an SSP Subscribing Member, with all the new benefits described above. This means you have access – at no additional charge – to Science News on your iPad, using the same username and login you use for full access to Science News content at www.ScienceNews.org. If you prefer, you can even opt out of receiving your print edition of Science News and begin reading it exclusively in digital form.

How do I activate my digital access to Science News?

To activate digital access, current Science News subscribers who do not already have a username and password on www.ScienceNews.org need to create one by clicking the link above. Then you can login for full access to the digital edition of the magazine, premium articles, the archives, commenting ability and additional content online, or go to the iTunes store and enter the same username and password to download the Science News magazine app for the iPad.

If you’re not sure whether you have a username and password, you can create a new subscriber account  by giving us the Science News subscriber number from your latest renewal invoice or the mailing label on the magazine.

Can I still receive a digital replica edition of Science News in my email Inbox?

Yes. If you currently receive a digital replica edition of Science News, you will continue to do so. Also, all subscribing members may opt to receive the Science News digital replica edition in place of their current print copy upon request. Please contact our member service department by phone at (800) 552-4412 or by writing to us at member@societyforscience.org. Subscribing members will receive a new issue notification email every other week with a link to access the digital replica edition.

How do I order an Institutional Subscription?

Discounted institutional subscriptions to Science News are available to four-year colleges, universities, graduate and post-graduate research institutions, government, hospitals, research centers and corporations with more than 1,000 full-time employees. 

How do I order back issues of Science News?

Every past issue of Science News since 1922 is available for purchase

Authorized Subscription Agencies

Science News will process subscription orders from the following list of subscription agencies:

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BTJ Subscription Service

Calico Subscriptions

College Subscriptions Service

Consumer Marketing Solutions, LLC

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National Circulating Co.

National Community Service

National Publishers Exchange

Newsub Service / Synapse

Periodical Publishers Service

Popular Subscription Service


Subscription Service of America

Wolper Subscription Service

Limitation of Liability

Science News and Society for Science and the Public limits its financial liability of all subscription orders to the amount received for the subscription order. For agency orders, our liability is limited to the amount a subscription agent remits to us for a subscription. If you choose to cancel your order during the course of your subscription, we will refund the value of the unfulfilled portion of your subscription directly to you unless your order is an agency order. In the case of agency orders, the value of the unfulfilled portion of your subscription order will be remitted directly to the subscription agency who remitted the order. Science News and Society for Science and the Public are not responsible for any damages, costs, or loss arising from a subscribers’ transaction with subscription agents.

If you receive a subscription offer for Science News that doesn’t originate directly from Science News or from the list of authorized subscription agencies noted above, we will not honor the subscription request. Furthermore, unauthorized agencies may charge you processing and other fees that are in addition to the subscription cost and that you would not otherwise incur if you purchased directly from Science News or an authorized agent.

If you receive a questionable renewal notice or subscription offer in the mail from someone other than Science News or an authorized subscription agency, and want to ensure the validity of the offer, please contact Science News customer service agents at (800) 552-4412.

About Science News on the iPad

Can I still get Science News Prime on the iTunes store?

Starting on October 9, 2013, Science News Prime, our first iPad-only magazine, was integrated with Science News magazine. The Science News iPad edition includes the entire contents of each magazine — enhanced with video, audio, slideshows and other digital bonuses – but publishes on a biweekly rather than a weekly basis. Science News Prime readers should be sure to download the updated Science News app from the iTunes Store.

As with Science News Prime, the Science News iPad edition is available for single-issue purchases and monthly subscriptions. A monthly subscription (2 issues) is $4.99 and single issues are $3.99. To download the app, go to the iTunes app store, choose the “newsstand” category and search for “Science News.” Once the app is downloaded, individual issues will be available within the app for purchase, with options to subscribe monthly through the iTunes store or to become an annual Subscribing Member of the Society for Science & the Public, which includes the option to receive Science News in print, online and on your iPad.

About Website and Science News Downloads

I’m having problems becoming a member. Who can I contact?

Contact us at member@societyforscience.org.

I can’t access My Account. Who can I contact?

During processing, you cannot make changes to your My Account page. Within 72 hours, you should receive full access to edit your account and preferences. Please contact us at member@societyforscience.org if you need additional assistance.

How do I find the information I am used to accessing on the older version of the website?

We hope you will find that our new website not only unifies our award-winning publications with our science education and competition programs, but also provides more intuitive navigation and a fresh new design. In addition, if you have older links bookmarked, those links should automatically redirect. Please contact us if you are still having problems locating specific information on the new website.

I’m having problems with my Science News app and issue download. Who can I contact?

That depends on the type of problem you are experiencing. If you are experiencing a download problem with the Science News app, please contact iTunes customer service or Apple iPad technical support. If your problem is related to downloading the issues listed in the app library, please email Science News customer service. In your email, please specify the exact nature of your download problem along with following information: Science News app version number, and the publication date of the issue(s) you are experiencing problems with.

PLEASE NOTE – Before contacting either the Society’s customer service or iTunes customer service, make sure the Science News app installed on your iPad is the most up-to-date version of the app. We update the app regularly to maintain compatibility with new versions of our software and to enhance the functionality of the app. Without the current version of the app installed on your iPad, you may not be able to view or download new issues.

I can no longer change between landscape and portrait orientations by turning my iPad. Is something wrong?

Science News is a horizontal-only publication on the iPad. No matter which way you hold your iPad, you will only be able to see the landscape view of the pages. (Science News Prime issues before April 9, 2012 are visible in both vertical and horizontal views.)

I’m having other issues with the Science News website or iPad edition. What should I do?

We apologize for any difficulty you may be having. Please contact us and we’ll try our best to help you.

Reaching Science News Editors

How do I send a letter to the editor or comment on a recent article?

You can reach our editors via e-mail or send a letter to:

Editor, Science News

1719 N Street, NW 

Washington, D.C. 20036

How do I submit a book for review?

Please send books to be considered for review by Science News to:

Editorial Assistant 

Science News

1719 N Street, NW 

Washington, D.C. 20036 


Please add in subject line “Book Review”

Book review policy: We will only consider books if they have been published in the current calendar year, or within two months of when the book is submitted. Please send review copies only of books, no more than six weeks after release. If the book is chosen for review, the book publisher will be sent two copies of the relevant Science News issue by regular mail.

Where can I get information on advertising and sponsor content opportunities in Science News?

For detailed information on print, web, digital and e-mail headline advertising please email Melissa Pewett or download our media kit. 

I need to fax you my advertising insertion order and overnight ad materials, what is your fax number and address?

Please fax all advertising insertion orders to Kerwin Wilson at 202.822.3932.

Please send all materials to:

Kerwin Wilson 

Science News

1719 N Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036-2802 

Phone: 202.785.2255

What is the difference between sponsor content and advertising?

Advertisements are traditional paid placements within and around the pages of Science News, in print, online or on iPad. Sponsor content can be articles, including photos, graphics or videos, paid for and provided by our sponsors. Sponsor content can promote a sponsor’s goods, services, programs or political or policy positions, within the guidelines set out by Science News and Society for Science & the Public. While sponsor content typically resides alongside news articles on Science News online, in print or on iPad, Science News enforces strict guidelines to ensure that such content is easily distinguishable from Science News editorial content (see guidelines below).

What are the Society for Science & the Public and Science News guidelines and policies regarding advertisements and sponsor content?

The Society and Science News adhere to the following guidelines and policies:

  • The Society will not allow any relationship with a sponsor or advertiser to compromise Science News’s editorial independence or integrity.
  • All advertising and sponsor content must be clearly distinguishable from editorial content.
  • Society for Science & the Public reserves the right to refuse any advertising or sponsorship that the Society determines contains demonstrably false or unlawful content or may harm Science News’ brand or reputation.
  • The Society for Science & the Public will not accept for publication advertising or sponsor content that it determines contains indecent, vulgar, suggestive, profane or offensive language or images, promotes illegal products or services, or contains a personal attack against an individual or organization.
  • To ensure readers understand the distinction between Science News editorial and sponsor content, Science News will apply the label “SPONSOR CONTENT” to all such content positions. Additionally, Science News editors will ensure that the design elements used in all sponsor content (such as fonts, colors) in no way resemble the look, feel or presentation of Science News editorial content.
  • All sponsor content must be conceived, written and edited by or on behalf of the sponsor without the involvement of Science News editorial staff. All sponsor content will include a disclaimer to this effect. Science News arts and graphics staff will provide oversight in the production of all sponsor content to ensure editorial independence from such content.



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