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Subscribing Memberships (Previously Science News subscriptions)

What is a Subscribing Member?

A subscribing member is anyone who has paid their annual Society membership dues to support us in our goals of:

  • Informing, educating and inspiring the public with science
  • Offering our online, free student publication, Science News for Students, to millions of students, educators and parents each year
  • Promoting our renowned competitions that provide more than $6 million in awards to students, educators and schools annually 

Additionally, your $50 annual membership to the Society 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, which is available from the App Store. 
  • Unlimited digital access to ScienceNews.org, including daily news, blogs, premium content and archives back to 1924.

Subscribing members also receive regular updates from the Society to measure the impact of their investment and see the results of  their 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 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 1924 is available for purchase.

Authorized Subscription Agencies & Limitation of Liability

It has come to our attention that a number of unauthorized subscription agents are sending mail solicitations in an attempt to acquire new subscriptions and renewal orders for Science News. Many of the mailed notices have "Notice of Renewal/New Order" in the upper right-hand corner. These subscription agents are not approved to represent Science News, and may be offering Science News at a dramatically inflated price.

Please only renew through Society for Science & the Public or one of the authorized sellers of Science News listed below:

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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.

Some Science News subscribers have recently received unauthorized “renewal notices.” These deceptive notices have been sent by independent solicitation companies without the approval of Science News or its publisher, Society for Science & the Public. Their renewal rates are generally higher than our usual rates. Companies operate under numerous names but might include Publisher Payment Center and Associated Publishers Service.

Any notice from Science News will always include our logo, refer to your account status and request that payments be made to our processing center in Williamsport, Pa. Checks should be payable to Society for Science & the Public. If you receive a notice that doesn’t appear to be from Science News or an authorized agent, do not respond to it. If you have questions, call customer service at 800-552-4412 or e-mail member@societyforscience.org.

Digital Resources & Troubleshooting

Science News Online

Do I need to be a paid subscribing member to view the full content of all Science News articles?

While many of our articles are freely available on our website, some articles – and all our archived content – do require a paid subscribing membership for full access. If you would like to purchase a subscribing membership, you can do so here.

I'm a subscribing member but I don't have an account on your website. How do I create one?

You can create a user account on our website here. You will need the customer number off of the mailing label of your print magazine to create an account – if you don’t know your customer number, please email us with your full name and zip code and we will be happy to provide it to you.

Please be aware that if you created a user account on a previous version of our website, you may already have a user account with us. You can request a password reset here.

I have an account on your site but I can't log in. What should I do?

Please try requesting a password reset by entering your email address here. If you continue have trouble, email us with your full name, complete mailing address, and the email address associated with your account and we will be happy to assist you.

I'm a subscribing member and I'm logged into your site, but I'm told I must log in or join to read articles. What should I do?

Please email us with your full name, complete mailing address, and the email address associated with your account and we will be happy to assist you.

Can I still receive a digital replica (PDF) 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 emailing us. Subscribing members will receive a new issue notification email every other week with a link to access the digital replica edition.

Science News for iPad

How do I download the iPad app?

You can download the iPad app from the App Store. Once downloaded, it will appear in the Newsstand section of your iPad. Access to the iPad app is included in your subscribing membership.

I am a subscribing member, but I can't log into the iPad app. What should I do?

If you do not yet have a user account with us, please create one here. You will need your customer number, located on the mailing label of your print magazine, to create an account. If you don’t know your customer number, please email us with your full name and zip code and we will be happy to provide it for you.

If you do have a user account with us, please email us with your full name, complete mailing address, and the email address associated with your account and we will be happy to assist you.

Science News for Students


Do I need a log in to view Science News for Students articles?

No. Science News for Students articles are freely available and do not require any log in to view in full.

Can I print out Science News for Students articles for use in the classroom?

Yes. For any further permissions questions, please see our Permission to Republish page. 

I need further technical assistance. How can I contact you?

If you need further technical assistance, please email us.

Member & Subscriber Services

How do I update my address information?

Online: You can update your address online via your My Account page (accessible by clicking on your name in the upper right-hand corner of our site while you are logged in). From there, clicking the gray "Edit Personal Information" button will allow you to update your address information.

Email: You can update your address by emailing us. Please include both your past and your new address in the body of the email.

How do I renew my subscription?

You can renew your subscription through our renew page, on our fulfillment house’s website, or by calling our Member and Subscriber Services Department at (800) 552-4412. They are available Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm EDT.

How can I contact your Member & Subscriber Services team?

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


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

You can donate to Society for Science & the Public directly, and find information about donating via mail or by phone, by visiting our Donate page.

Your gift may also be eligible for a workplace or matching gift. For additional information, please visit our Workplace Giving and Matching Gifts page or email us.

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.

About Science News 

What is 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.

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. To change your subscription preferences, please email us.

Contact the Editors of Science News

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

You can reach our editors via email 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 via email or to:

Editorial Assistant 

Science News

1719 N Street, NW 

Washington, D.C. 20036 

Please include "Book Review" in the subject line.

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 contact Kamille Davis at 202.872.5127 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: 202.872.5106

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). The Society will not allow any relationship with a sponsor or advertiser to compromise Science News’s editorial independence or integrity.

What are the Society for Science & the Public and Science News  advertising guidelines?

All advertising is subject to the approval of Science News. Science News may refuse any advertisement deemed unsuitable for publication in Science News or on ScienceNews.org at its sole discretion for any reason whatsoever. All ads published in Science News must comply with applicable U.S. and international laws, and may not be indecent, obscene, defamatory, fraudulent or misleading. Advertising may not represent that Science News in any way endorses the Advertiser and/or the Advertiser's products or services. Advertisers and agencies agree to hold Science News harmless from any and all claims or suits arising out of advertising published.

What are the additional requirements for sponsored content?

Sponsor content must be clearly distinguishable from editorial content. 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.

For Students

For information on Science News for Students, please see our Digital Resources and Troubleshooting section.

Where can I find information on SSP science education and competition programs?

For information on SSP science education and competition programs, please see our Student Science site.

I registered for a student account, but I didn't receive a membership ID. What should I do?

Please email us with your full name and the email address you used to create the account and we will be happy to assign you one.

I can't remember by membership ID from last year. What should I do?

Please email us with your full name and the email address you used to create your account and we will be happy to look it up for you.

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