AIP Member Society Benefits

Bringing together large and small scientific societies, AIP represents one of the largest collection of physical scientists in the world. Through AIP, Member Societies (MS) benefit from access to other scientific societies, allowing them to extend their influence beyond their membership, stay closely connected to the broader physical sciences community, and strengthen their public positions on policy trends and overarching community concerns. 

AIP serves its Member Societies and their members, both directly and indirectly, through information-based products and services. AIP also provides certain administrative and other services to those Member Societies that need such services. AIP addresses the common interests of the Member Societies in history, education, careers, education and employment statistics, news media, and government relations. MS programmatic interests define the core scope of AIP’s information-based offerings. MS projects are given across-the-board preference in pricing and priority. 

Benefits and Services for Member Societies

Member Societies appoint members to the AIP Governing Board.

Member Societies nominate members to AIP Programs Advisory Committees (on Government Relations, Physics Today, Statistical Research, Education, Career Services, History, and News and Media).

Information Exchange – AIP organizes and finances MS Liaison Committee meetings to exchange information and expertise, and to develop innovative strategies for making progress on issues relevant to all science, including activities involving Education; Treasury; and Under-represented Minorities (includes NSBP and NSHP, for a strong link to the minority community); History Preservation (History Committee extends beyond MS).

Assembly of Society Officers – AIP Member and Affiliated Society leaders convene to discuss areas of mutual concern at the annual Assembly of Society Officers (organized and financed by AIP). Sessions address topics such as challenges/innovations in scientific publishing, public policy, effectively communicating to the public, supporting/growing the membership base, trends in philanthropic giving, strategic planning, supporting science education, promoting science as a viable career choice to a diverse population, and so forth. The Assembly is also a forum where Member and Affiliated Society executives can become better acquainted and share ideas. (AIP reimburses the cost of participation for the president or alternate representative from each MS).

Human Resources services – Services available to Member Societies include consulting in areas of compensation, employee relations, performance management and recruitment. Member Societies may be eligible to participate in AIP health and flexible spending plans for employees. Inquiries may be directed to humanresources [at] aip [dot] org

Media Services provided to MS at cost (meeting support, journal promotion, strategic communications, planning). AIP staff works together with MS staff as needed; media requests from past AIP-prepared press releases handled pro-bono. For more information about online and on-site meeting press rooms, visit AIP Science News and Media services.

History and Preservation – AIP History Programs’ archivists, librarians, and historians:

  • collect and maintain resources on the histories of the specific disciplines represented by the MS;  
  • preserve and catalog historical records of all MS;
  • acquire and catalog online photos that are historically valuable to the MS (society leadership; key figures); and
  • train and support oral history projects for the MS.

Publishing Policy – AIP represents MS interests, nationally (e.g. CHORUS Steering Committee, 2013; Roundtable for Scholarly Publishing, 2009), and internationally through publishing and standards organizations (e.g. AAP/PSP, STM, CrossRef, NISO).

Interacting with Congress – AIP assists MS representatives with Congressional visits, coordinates education policy agenda, and lobbies on issues of concern to MS. This collective and collaborative interaction by Member Societies strengthens the credibility and interests of all physical scientists and all MS.

Statistical Research services – The Statistical Research Center has more than 20 years of experience in conducting leading-edge surveys on issues of concern to specific scientific and scholarly societies. MS projects are given priority over other societies' projects (timing-wise), and staff time is billed at a lower rate (~15% less). 

Connection to undergraduate students – Society of Physics Students joint membership program introduces students into MS membership.  SPS supports MS meetings which enriches technical programming and social engagement for undergraduate students in the physical sciences. (Poster and contributed sessions, student receptions and outreach events.) SPS student reporters also promote MS meetings via reports made available to the national membership of SPS (~5,000 students).

Industrial outreach – AIP organizes and jointly-sponsors events at MS meetings to support registrants interested in industrial applications (Industrial Physics Forums and networking forums). Physics Today has recently launched Enterprise, an online department devoted to physical sciences in the private sector.

AIP Career Network – Employment site for physicists, engineers and other physics-related professionals in industry, academia, government and the non-profit sector. This service is available to Member Societies at a discounted rate. For more information, read the testimonials or contact ptjobs [at] aip [dot] org; +1 301.209.3190.

To take advantage of any of these services, email Liz Dart Caron, lcaron [at] aip [dot] org, who can put you in touch with the right individuals.

Additional services provided by AIP Publishing LLC:

Membership data management services - With a robust database environment and application framework, as well as an understanding of its partners' objectives, AIP Publishing can handle the increasingly sophisticated subscription and member data management requirements that societies struggle with. Our Oracle platform allows us to track a myriad of activities and is extremely scalable, enabling enhancements and growth while providing all the functionality necessary to manage ever-evolving subscription files and membership databases. All functions integrate seamlessly with the Scitation publishing platform. For more information, contact: subs [at] aip [dot] org; 1.800.344.6909.

Exhibit & meeting management - For over 30 years, the AIP Publishing team has provided professional, cost-effective organization of successful vendor showcases at society meetings and conferences. For additional information, contact Bob Finnegan, rfinneg [at] aip [dot] org; +1 516.576.2433).

Publication of conference proceedingsAIP Conference Proceedings report findings presented at many of the most important scientific meetings around the world. Published proceedings are valuable as topical status reports providing quick access to information before it appears in the traditional journal literature. Contact: confproc [at] aip [dot] org

Benefits for AIP Member Society (MS) members

Physics Today (PT) – MS Members receive free print and online subscriptions to PT, the most respected and widely read physical sciences magazine in the world. PT covers material of interest to entire MS community and broadens members’ knowledge of diverse fields; content also includes the human, social, and political sides of science. 12 issues/year; (subscription for non-members is $35). New material is posted to Physics Today Online daily. Make Physics Today your homepage, or sign up for Physics Today's RSS feeds or news alerts.

AIP journal subscription discounts – MS Members are eligible to purchase individual subscriptions (substantially discounted from institutional rates) to the highly acclaimed AIP peer-reviewed journals. For current MS member rates and order forms, please contact customer service at +1 516.576.2200 or subs [at] aip [dot] org.

Deep discount (40%) on Computing in Science & Engineering magazine (member price: $49; non-members pay $80).

History resources – Access to the historical records, members' oral histories, and photographs of the AIP Member Societies (Records are restricted for 25 years from the date of creation but may be used with permission of the MS.)

Public Policy fellowships – Only Members of AIP Member Societies are eligible to apply for AIP's Congressional and State Department Fellowships.

In addition to these benefits, members of AIP Member Societies might be interested in the following services that AIP provides to the broader community:

Inside Science News Service - Keep up to date on the latest happenings in research, current affairs and the science behind the news. Subscribe to this weekly digest of news stories from Inside Science News Service.

FYI - Bulletin of Science Policy News - AIP monitors science policy developments in Washington, and publishes regular FYI news bulletins informing the physical sciences community of opportunities for science and funding decisions that affect them. Summaries are issued two or more times every week. Sign up.

E-Updates from AIP's Statistical Research Center - Keep abreast of the latest data on education and employment in physics and related fields. Choose from among 16 topics covered by our Center's studies. Join the listserv to be notified whenever new data are available.

Physics Today Career Network - For those looking to hire or be hired, visit the PT Career Network to find more than 200 jobs per month in industry, academia, and government, and more than 7,000 resumes of highly trained job seekers holding physics degrees from B.S. to Ph.D.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives - Anyone interested in science history can explore the NBLA’s matchless collection of historically important printed works, including monographs, textbooks, laboratory manuals, instrument catalogs, and publishes correspondence (contact nbl [at] aip [dot] org).  Emilio Segrè Visual Archives includes a collection of more than 30,000 historical photographs of MS presidents and influential physicists, as well as other visual materials. The Library has an outstanding collection of oral histories; more than 1,000 are online and many are given by members of the MS.