Joining ISRS / Renewing Your Membership

Joining ISRS or Renewing Your Exisiting Membership

Existing members, wishing to renew their membership (or access the society’s journals or on-line directory or change their account details), please click on the bar on the left below. 

To apply for a new membership of ISRS, please read below details of membership categories and subscription rates, and then click on the bar on the right below.


Types of Membership

There are four categories of membership

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

Your subscription rate will depend on three main factors:

  1. On the Class of Membership you wish to obtain.
  2. On whether you wish to receive hard copies of the society's Journal Coral Reefs, or are happy to have on-line access only.
  3. 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. For full explanation and details please see the next section on Country Economic Status.

In addition a number of special discounts of upto 30% on normal membership dues are currently available. For details please see the Membership Discounts Page.

Country Economic Status

The economic status of a country refers to how that country's economy is classified by the World Bank (a list of the countries included in each of three classes is shown below the table of membership fees).  This system is used by several international learned societies, both for fairness and to encourage membership in developing nations, which after all 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.


Table of Membership Rates

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 Countries

Low and 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

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

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.)