Membership Rates

A member's subscription rate depends on three main factors:

  • On the type of membership.
  • On whether you wish to receive hard copies of the society's Journal Coral Reefs, or are happy to have on-line access only.
  • On the economic status of your Primary Country of Residence. Note that it is the mean income level of the country, not of the individual member, that is relevant.

Membership Types

There are four main categories of membership are as follows:

  • Full / Individual Membership
    Full membership provides access to all the benefits listed above but the cost depends on whether you would like a hard copy of Coral Reefs,or are happy to access current and past issues on-line.
  • Student Membership
    The benefits are the same as for Full / Standard Individual Members, and include hard copy or on-line access to Coral Reefs, but the costs are greatly reduced. To qualify for student membership you must at the time of paying your annual subscription be registered as a full-time or part-time student with a school, college or university.
  • Family Membership
    A reduced rate family membership (of $25 a year) is available to the second or further members of a family who live at the same address as a member who has already paid for a full or sustaining membership. Each family member receives the standard benefits of membership, but only a single hard copy of any journal is supplied.
  • Sustaining Membership
    Sustaining Membership is for those members who would like to contribute extra ($140 - $ $200 per year) to support the work of the Society. They receive additional minor benefits and their support is acknowledged in Society publications.

Primary Country of Residence

As indicated above, the subscription rate for a member depends on the member’s Primary Country of Residence, and whether that country’s economy is classified by the World Bank as a High Income Economy, Upper-Middle Income Economy, or Lower-Middle or Low Income Economy. Note that it is the mean income level of the country, not of the individual member, that is relevant. This system is used by several international learned societies, both for fairness and to encourage membership in developing nations, which is where the majority of coral reefs are located. Please see the current World Bank country classifications. This list is updated on an annual basis.

By Primary Country of residence we mean the home country of the member, normally corresponding to their principal nationality. Thus, for example, a student from the Philippines studying in the USA would count the Philippines as their primary country of residence, while a scientist from the USA working in the Philippines would count the USA as their primary country of residence. However a person from the Philippines who has immigrated into the USA should count the USA as their new country of primary residence.

Membership Rates

Member rates are per person, per-year and are in U.S. Dollars.

Member Category

High Income Countries

Upper Middle

Income Countries

Low & Lower-

Middle Income Countries













Family Member


Per extra member in the same home; shared journal with primary membership



  1. If you are willing to pay your membership dues for three years ahead, then the Society offers a 10% discount.
  2. Students or past-students, if they have NOT YET obtained employment (two-thirds time or more), may continue as (or newly join as) a student member, at the heavily discounted student rate. Such members may continue to pay student member rates for a maximum of 10 years from the time they first became a student, following which additional evidence will be required to substantiate their student or non-employed status.

if you have questions about member rates, please contact ICRS Member Services at [email protected].