FAQ: Joining MPSA or Renewing Your Membership

  •  Which membership type should I choose?
    If it’s important to you to have print copies of the AJPS, choose a one-year print membership. You’ll receive 4 copies of the AJPS, and will have online access to current and past issues for the duration of your membership. An additional shipping fee is automatically charged to print members living outside of the United States.  If you don’t require print copies of the journal, a digital membership provides two years of online access to current and past issues, for the same price as a one-year print membership, with no additional fees for members outside of the United States.
  • How do you verify the income level provided in my membership application? 
    To ensure access to membership for persons from all income levels and career-stages, member dues are charged on an income-based sliding scale. Your stated income level is based on the honor-system. Accurate representation of your income level reflects your commitment to your colleagues and the discipline as a whole.
  • Which payment types are accepted?
    Payments are accepted online via Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards. You may also pay by mail with a check or credit card. We do not accept purchase orders, wire transfers or bank transfers. All fees on the MPSA website are in U.S. Dollars.
  • Are membership payments refundable? 
    All memberships are non-refundable.
  • When does my membership expire? 
    Your print membership will expire one year from the date of purchase, on the last day of the month preceding the month you purchased your membership. (E.g. a print membership purchased August 15, 2020 will expire August 31, 2021.) Print memberships provide 4 hard copy issues of the American Journal of Political Science. Your digital membership will expire two years from the date purchased, on the last day of the month preceding the month you purchased your membership. (E.g a digital membership purchased August 15, 2020 will expire August 31, 2022.)
  • How do I renew my membership? Will I receive an invoice?
    While MPSA does not send invoices for member dues, members will be notified of upcoming expiration dates and renewal opportunities by email and postal mail.

FAQ: Membership Benefits and Programs

  • When is the member newsletter published? 
    The member newsletter is delivered electronically to your inbox mid-month every month.
  • How do I access the audio recordings/podcasts?
    MPSA members have access to select audio recordings from MPSA conferences going back to 2007. Recordings are shared with the permission of the speakers to benefit the professional development of the membership. Members may download conference podcasts by signing in to www.mpsanet.org and selecting Membership > Membership Benefits > Highlighted Conference Presentations.
  • How do I access the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS) online?
    To access the AJPS online, sign in at www.mpsanet.org and click AJPS – American Journal of Political Science >  Journal Subscription. Please note: You must be logged in to MPSA and hold a current MPSA membership to access the AJPS.
  • How can I submit a paper for publication in the AJPS?
    To submit a manuscript to the American Journal of Political Science, first review the online guidelines for manuscripts. Specific instructions regarding manuscript preparation and submission are provided.
  • How do I make a donation to MPSA or to a specific MPSA award?
    Tax-deductible donations to the MPSA Endowment or to specific awards may be made by credit card on the MPSA website at www.mpsanet.org/DonateNow. To make a donation by check, please mail your donation to the MPSA office.

Additional Questions?

If your question about membership isn’t answered above, please email MPSA membership staff through the contact form.