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Frequently Asked Questions - Membership

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Joining MPSA or Renewing Your Membership
Membership Benefits and Programs
Your MPSA Membership Profile
Contacting MPSA Membership Staff


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. (Currency Calculator)
  • Are membership payments refundable? 
    All memberships are non-refundable.
  • How do I get a receipt for membership? 
    To print a receipt for your membership purchase, sign in at, click the gold “MY ACCOUNT” button on the homepage, then click “Manage My Account.” Scroll down to "Recent Orders," then click the icon in the "View" column to view and print receipts for any transaction listed.
  • 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 Feb. 15, 2019 will expire Jan. 31, 2020.) 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 Feb.15, 2019 will expire Jan. 31, 2021.) 
  • 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 and selecting Membership > Membership Benefits > Highlighted Conference Presentations
  • How do I receive discounted conference registration rates?
    MPSA members are eligible to register for the annual conference at discounted rates. Log in to and select "Annual Conference" then “Registration Information”. Members will automatically receive the discounted rates.  
  • How do I access the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS) online?
    To access the AJPS online, sign in at and click select  Publications and Research > AJPS – American Journal of Political Science >  Journal Subscription.*

    *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 for to the American Journal of Political Science, first review the online guidelines for manuscripts. Specific instructions regarding manuscript preparation and submission are provided.
  • What scholarships or awards are available for MPSA members?
    The MPSA offers four conference scholarships: The Conference Registration Fee Waiver Scholarship; Student Travel Scholarships (Harrell Rodgers and John Bohte); and the Conference Childcare Scholarship. The eligibility criteria, application process, and application deadlines are described on the MPSA website at MPSA also sponsors many awards for outstanding research presented at the MPSA Conference and one award for the best article published in each volume of the AJPs. Nominations are made by conference chairs, discussants, and section heads after the conference. Award committees select the winning papers. Awards are announced at the MPSA business meeting during the conference the following year.
  • 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 To make a donation by check, please mail your donation to the MPSA office.
  • How can I get involved in advocacy projects?
    MPSA is involved in a variety of advocacy projects related to the discipline. Visit to find information about current issues, media coverage, advocacy group and coalitions, and ways you can get involved.

FAQ: Your MPSA Membership Profile

  • How do I sign in to the MPSA website?
    Sign in to the MPSA website by clicking the gold "SIGN IN" button and then entering your username and password. If you are unsure of your username and/or password, please visit to retrieve your information.

    If you have never had an MPSA account, please follow this link to register for a new account:

    *Note: If you already have an existing account and create a new account, your membership history, transaction receipts, etc. will not be accessible from the new account and can not be merged from the old account. If you are unable to access your existing account, please contact for assistance, rather than creating a new account.
  • How do I retrieve my username and/or password?
    To retrieve your username or password, visit  If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your profile, please email for assistance.
  • How do I update my affiliation, email address, or other contact information?
    To update the information in your user profile, log in to, click the gold " MY ACCOUNT" button at the top of the screen, then click the "Manage My Account" link. Under "Account Actions" on the right side of the screen, you will have the option to edit your profile or bio, indicate address preferences, and make changes to your privacy settings, research interests, and work affiliations.

    *Note: To submit a name change, please contact MPSA at 812.558.0588x2 or
  • I’m having trouble accessing my profile, or the information in my profile has changed. Should I create another profile?
    Please do not create more than one profile in our system. Creation of a new profile could cause your current membership, conference registration or proposals, or prior transactions to end up associated with multiple profiles. Contact the MPSA office at for assistance accessing your profile if you are unable to retrieve your username and password via the MPSA website.


Additional Questions? 

If your question about membership isn't answered above, please email MPSA membership staff at

Updated 2/6/19