Frequently Asked Questions
What information do I need to join SfN?
If this is your first time submitting a new membership application, you may join online or download a paper application, complete it, and mail or fax it back to SfN. All applications require sponsorship by two Regular or Emeritus active members of SfN. You must also submit your application with a curriculum vitae and a bibliography if you have one. Student applicants will need proof of enrollment in a degree granting institution such as a letter from your department head or dean on letter head acknowledging that you are enrolled in a degree granting school. You may also provide a copy of your current transcript or valid school ID. Your enrollment proof should be copied and pasted directly into the online application.
How do I reinstate my expired membership?
To reactivate your membership, you may submit your renewal payment online. You also have the option to call, fax, or mail in your payment to be applied toward your current membership for activation. To log in, you will need your user name which is the email address SfN has on file and your password, which is your nine-digit membership ID number, unless you have changed it.
What is my password to log in to my membership account?
Your password is your nine-digit membership ID number unless you have changed it. If you require password assistance, visit SfN.org/passwordhelp to have it emailed directly to you. New passwords must be at least seven characters long and have at least one numeric character.
When is the membership application deadline?
There isn't a deadline to submit a new membership application. However, if you wish to be a member prior to the Abstracts submission deadline for SfN's annual meeting or the opening of advance registration for SfN's annual meeting, your application must be received, completed and submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the set deadlines. Member registration will open in July.
What should I do if I don't have two sponsors for my application?
Search the online directory for members in your area that you may contact to ask for sponsorship. If there aren't SfN members in your area, you may qualify for sponsorship assistance by faxing or mailing your completed application to SfN to be reviewed by the Membership and Chapters Committee. Please note that sponroship assistance is typically provided for international members in underrepresented countries.
How much is the membership?
Regular membership dues are $195, Regular Post Doc - $145, Student - $70, Student Undergraduate - $30, Affiliate - $195, and Emeritus - Complimentary. Membership fees for applicants in developing countries are available according to the World Bank's classification of income.
View the list of eligible countries.
How do I change my username/email address to log into my membership account?
Contact the membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name has changed and I cannot change it online.
If your name has changed, you must contact the membership department at email@example.com to have your name updated.
Am I automatically registered for SfN's annual meeting by submitting my membership dues payment?
No. Your membership dues are for your membership with SfN only. There is a separate fee and registration process for SfN's annual meeting.
When will I receive my membership card?
Once your membership dues payment is received and processed in our office, your membership card will be emailed within approximately four weeks. If you haven't received your e-card within eight weeks, please log into your account to be sure that your email address is accurate.
How do I change my membership status?
You should change your membership status when or prior to submitting your membership dues payment online. Once logged in to your account, you will have the opportunity to verify or select your current membership type prior to submitting your new or renewal payment. If your membership dues payment was submitted prior to your membership type changing, contact the membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the change. Also note that if you are upgrading your membership, you will be required to submit your change of status balance at the time to keep your membership active. Refunds will not be issued for members who change their membership status to a lower-fee category.
How do I obtain a receipt for my paid membership?
You may log into your online account, click on My Orders, select Within All in the dropdown menu, then click Go. Select your current membership order, expand and print it for your records.
What if I paid my membership dues but received a notice to pay again?
Chances are your membership payment was received after the unpaid members information was pulled from our system. When in doubt, you may log into your account, click on My Orders, select Within All to verify if your dues payment was received. You will see a $0 balance if your dues have already been paid. You may also contact email@example.com to verify if payment was received.
I am being billed for the printed The Journal of Neuroscience but wish to cancel it. How do I delete it from my order?
Once you are logged in, you have the option to delete printed The Journal print subscription from your cart. Or, you may go through the renewing process online, but at the end, you would remove the check mark from the box that contains The Journal print subscription. If you require assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I cancel The Journal print subscription if I already paid for it and received an issue?
Send an email to email@example.com requesting that The Journal print subscription be cancelled. If you wish to receive a full refund, you MUST return all of the Journals you received to our office. Otherwise, your refund will be pro-rated.
I paid my membership dues using my institutional credit card and wish to cancel it to pay with another credit card.
Contact SfN to have the funds refunded back to the institutional credit card. Once the refund is processed, you will be allowed to submit your payment online again using another form of payment. This process may take up to 10 business days.
How do I cancel my membership?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you no longer wish to be a member of SfN. Because memberships are non-refundable, it is best that you alert us prior to submitting your membership payment. In the future, if you wish to become an active member again, please do not submit a new membership application; you only need to submit your current membership dues payment to activate your membership.
When does my membership expire?
All memberships are on a calendar year and expire each year on December 31.
What is SfN's Federal Tax ID number?
52-0895843. Please note that membership dues are not tax-deductible. If you make a payment to one of SfN's contribution funds, you may deduct that payment.
Does SfN accept purchase orders?
No. Payment must be made by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express), money order, or check made payable to SfN drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. funds. You may also submit payment by wire transfer. Note that there are additional fees associated with submitting a wire payment that must be covered by you. Please email email@example.com for wire transfer instructions.