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

2021 Renew membership / become a member

In 2020 we made membership free to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our Society members. This change enabled us to welcome many new members to our Society and support our ongoing members. Many of you also chose to continue to pay for membership during this time, and we thank you for that.

Your membership dues help support important activities by the Society, including our expanding accessibility, communications, diversity, and environmental responsibility initiatives. Most importantly, members help us achieve our mission to expand our understanding of the human mind, to promote Cognitive Science as a discipline, and to foster scientific interchange among researchers in various areas of study, including Anthropology, Artificial Intelligence, Education Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Psychology.

2021 will be an exciting year for the Cognitive Science Society. We will welcome new Executive Editors and editorial boards for both of our journals, we will provide virtual participation options for our CogSci 2021 conference, and we will continue to build on the incredible progress made in recent years on our strategic initiatives to improve accessibility, communications, diversity, and environmental responsibility. There has never been a better time to be a member!

As we look forward to membership renewal in 2021, we are faced with several challenges, including the highly variable financial impacts the pandemic is having on our members. Some are feeling little to no financial effects. Others are dealing with dramatic reductions in income and employer-imposed spending freezes. We hear you and are matching the variety in your financial situations with a variety of membership options.

For 2021 memberships, for the first time in our history, we are offering a Pay What You Can option. If you are unable to make a financial contribution, you can renew or join for free. But if you are in a position to contribute financially to support the Society and your fellow members, then you can do that and specify how much you are able to contribute. In past years, membership fees have been between US$30 and US$75, but any amount (lower or higher) is welcome. Regardless of whether you can contribute financially this year or not, you will be a valued member of the Society, and all members will continue to receive the same benefits of membership.

The following options will be available for 2021:


Standard Membership Fees

3 year non-student membership: $210 USD

1 year non-student membership: $75 USD

1 year student membership: $50 USD

1 year retiree membership: $30 USD


Pay-what-you-can options

1 year non-student membership: PWYC

1 year student membership: PWYC

1 year Retiree membership: PWYC

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

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.  To date, 1681 trees have been planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future.

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