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The annual membership fee is free for the current calendar year, January through December 2020.

Free Membership in the Cognitive Science Society for 2020

In response to the global situation with COVID-19 and the resulting disruption and economic impact on cognitive scientists all over the world, the Cognitive Science Society is offering free membership for 2020.

Membership to the Cognitive Science Society carries a number of benefits, including free access to the society journals Cognitive Science and Topics in Cognitive Science, as well as book discounts and reduced rates for other journals. As a member of the Cognitive Science Society you have a voice in the future of the society and the field.

In addition, being a member of the Society allows you to take advantage of dramatically reduced registration fees for CogSci 2020. This year’s 42nd Annual Virtual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society will be available globally through a virtual meeting platform.

If you currently hold membership for 2020, and would like to take advantage of the free membership, then please contact us. A refund will be arranged.

If you currently hold membership, and do not consider yourself to be experiencing undue hardship and prefer to decline the free membership offer, no action is required.

The mission of the Society is to promote Cognitive Science as a discipline, and to foster scientific interchange among researchers in various areas of study, including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Education. By offering free membership in these difficult times, we hope more people can benefit from cognitive science everywhere.

1. You are a new member or have not renewed since 2018

If you are new to CSS or haven’t renewed your membership in a while, you’ll be required to create an account on our online system. Please follow the below steps to create an account and become an active CSS member:

Steps to becoming a member:

  • Click the button below to access the new membership tool
  • Click on the ‘Make an Account’ button
  • Fill in your basic contact and affiliation details
  • Select a memorable password (please note: your username will automatically be set as the email you provide)
  • Click ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the form to set up your new account
  • You will automatically be taken to the online membership form to complete and make your payment

2. You wish to renew your existing membership

If your membership for 2019 is expiring / has expired and you’ll be required to login to the online system to renew your membership. This gives you the chance to update your personal information, your area of expertise and your email preferences, if required.

Steps to renewing your membership:

  • Click the button below to login to the membership tool (if you’ve forgotten your password, click on the link to reset)
  • Once logged in, click on the ‘renew membership’ button to go through the process of renewing and paying for CSS membership

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us directly.


(2021 Membership renewals opening soon)

Member Benefits

Membership in the Society includes:

Journal Access

Web-based electronic access to Cognitive Science Journal and Topics in Cognitive Science (TopiCS)

Registration Deals

Reduced registration fees at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

Subscription Deals

Reduced subscription rates to the journals Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Trends in Neurosciences, and Connection Science

Subscription Deals

Reduced subscription rate to the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence

Book Discounts

Discounted book prices from select publishers


Online access to Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Member Types

Different rates apply to individuals living in different zones. The residence zone should be your “current” address which will determine your membership zone and your conference fees. Conference rates are determined by your membership type, please make sure to select the correct option.

Zone A includes: US, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Western Europe [Western Europe is comprised of the 28 member states of the European Union as of 2016 (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom) together with Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland.]

Zone B includes: all other countries not mentioned in Zone A, and rate applies to students and non-students

Retired Membership: Those who actively worked in the field of Cognitive Science but have now retired and who have reached retirement age (60 or older) may apply for retired member status.

Student Membership: Open to full-time students only (Proof of Student ID required)

Member Rates


Zone A

Qualifications for Zone A Membership:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., PhD)
  • Published research in field of cognitive science
  • Other professional activities related to field of cognitive science




Zone A - Student

Proof of current enrollment required:

  • Student card ID number
  • Faculty Advisor
  • Advisor’s email
  • Graduate/Undergraduate



Zone B

Please note: The rate for Zone B applies to students and non-students



Retiree Membership

Please note: Those who actively worked in the field of Cognitive Science but have now retired and who have reached retirement age (60 or older) may apply for retired member status



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Lifetime Members

The Cognitive Science Society recognizes the following individuals as Honorary Lifetime Members for outstanding, sustained contributions to the general advancement of cognitive science, and in particular, to the Cognitive Science Society.

Richard Atkinson

Susan Chipman

Lawrence Erlbaum


Kevin Gluck

Robert Glushko

Deborah Gruber

Art Markman

Susan Trickett

Jessica Wong

The Cognitive Science Society is pleased to announce the establishment of the CogSci Grove which aims to mobilise cognitive scientists to offset carbon emissions associated with their professional activities.

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