Membership of ISRS is open to anyone interested in any aspect of coral reefs. While the society‘s membership consists principally of researchers, managers and students interested in the science of coral reefs and associated ecosystems, others with genuine interests in, or concern for, reefs of any type are welcome.

The benefits of membership include:

  • Receipt of the Society’s scientific journal Coral Reefs (either print or electronic)
  • Receipt of and the right to publish in the Society’s on-line news journal Reef Encounter
  • Reduced registration fees for the International Coral Reef Symposium and other meetings sponsored by the Society
  • The right to be nominated for one of the society’s awards, including society fellowships and young scientist awards
  • Access to the Society’s on-line resource, including the on-line Membership Directory
  • Eligibility to stand for election as an Officer or Councillor
  • The right to vote in elections of Officers and Councillors, and at General Meetings


Existing members wishing to renew their membership or access the society’s journals or change their account details, please click on the bar on the left. To apply for a new membership of ISRS please click on the bar on the right


Notes About Becoming a Member

In September 2012 ISRS introduced a new membership structure that provides lower rates for members happy to access their subscriptions to Coral Reefs and Reef Encounter online – as opposed to preferring to receive printed copies through the mail. In addition heavily discounted membership dues are available for students (including school students, undergraduates and post-graduates) and nationals of developing and emerging economies.

There are four categories of membership and rates are dependent on the country of residence:

Full / Individual Membership

Membership provides access to all the benefits listed above, but rates vary depending on whether a hard-copy subscription or on-line access to the Society’s Journal Coral Reefs is preferred; subscription rates also vary according to the mean income level of the member’s primary country of residence.

Student Membership

The benefits are the same as for  Full / Standard Individual Member, and include hard copy or on-line access to Coral Reefs. However the membership rate is greatly reduced.

Family Membership

A reduced rate family membership is available to the second of two partners, or to further family members, 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 to support the work of the Society. They receive additional minor benefits and their support is acknowledged in Society publications.


Membership Rates

Subscription rate depends on the member’s Primary Country of Residence, and on how that country's economy is classified by the World Bank (a list of country classification is provided). 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. In any case where there is genuine doubt or apparent unfairness, members or prospective members should contact membership services or  the corresponding secretary Dr. Rupert Ormond.


Subscription in US$ (US dollars)

Country of Residence

Membership Type


Upper-Mid Income

Low to Lower-Mid

Sustaining Member (with hard copy of journal)




Sustaining Member (with on-line journal only)




Full Member (with hard copy of journal)




Full Member (with on-line journal only)




Student Member (with hard copy of journal)




Student Member (with on-line journal only)




Family Membership

$25 for each extra member in the same home

Three-Year Subscription

10% discount on total cost if 3 years paid in advance

World Bank List of Low to Lower-Middle-Income Economies

Afghanistan, Gambia, The, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep, Congo Rep., Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Dem Rep., Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia , South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Zimbabwe

World Bank List of Upper-Middle-Income Economies

Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Hungary, Iran, Islamic Rep., Iraq, Jamaica , Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Peru, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Venezuela RB

World Bank List of High-Income Economies

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, The, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Chile, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, China, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Rep., Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein , Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao SAR, China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal , Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Virgin Islands (U.S.)


Membership Services

Membership subscriptions and services (including on-line access to Coral Reefs and Reef Encounter) are handled by the Schneider Group. You may contact them at the following address:

ISRS Membership Services
Schneider Group Meeting & Marketing Services
5400 Bosque Blvd Suite 680 Waco, Texas 76710-4446 USA
Phone: (001)-254-776-3550



More general enquiries or correspondence related to the society may be addressed to the Corresponding Secretary, Dr. Rupert Ormond (