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Group Membership Types & Dues

ICA has a triple-tiered dues structure following the UN model for A, B, and C countries, based on the World Bank's indicators of Gross National Income. Residents of B-tier countries pay 75% of the A-tier price and residents of C-tier countries pay 50% of the A-tier price. Your tier is determined by the country you currently live and not your country of origin.  

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Determine your tier: View ICA’s Country Tier Chart

Group Membership Type* 
(see details below pricing chart)

View ICA’s Country Tier Chart

Tier A
Tier B
Tier C
Family Memberships (two spouses, one descendant)
Institutional Membership (university departments - libraries ineligible)
*Each Additional Associate (faculty) members
Association Membership
Complimentary Institutional Membership
$0 - Up to three (3) awarded annually

*All membership types are required to select a minimum of one (1) division or interest group, each range from $3-$6.  The pricing above includes $3 towards the first division or interest group of your choosing.

Family Memberships: are designed for spouses or families who are all scholars or practitioners in the field of communication research. Up to three family members (two spouses and one descendent) may sign up for a Family membership. One family member is designated as the main membership holder. As such, that individual receives whichever journals the family wishes to receive by post. All journals are available online, free of charge, for all members to access.

Institutional Membership: A university department can join ICA as an Institutional member (please note that libraries are ineligible for membership). Institutional members are listed on our web site as official supporters of ICA. One contact person -- typically the department Chair-- receives one set of journals on behalf of the department. That person also receives the Membership ID# and password to access journals online.  Universities that do not pay or reimburse for individual faculty association memberships may take advantage of the Institutional membership as a group membership. Faculty to be associated with the membership should be listed on the application. The department is billed for all members on one combined invoice. Each associate is treated as a full member of ICA with individual privileges and their own unique member ID# and password. All receive their own journals including past issues, gain access to the members-only section of the website and enjoy a reduced rate for our annual conference.

Association Membership: Member Associations are listed on our web site as ICA supporters. One contact person--typically the President--receives one set of journals on behalf of the association. That person also receives the Membership ID# and password for access to the web site journals. All previously published ICA journals are archived online.  Applications should include the list of the Board of Directors, a copy of the association's bylaws, the association's statement of purpose and a list of its current members.  Member associations are invited to host one panel session during the annual ICA conference. Submission guidelines are posted on the ICA web site in the Call for Papers each year. Panel submissions are accepted from 15 September to 1 November annually. Individual members of the member association qualify for a discounted rate--equal to the ICA member rate--for the ICA annual conference. Each associate is given their own unique ID # and password which can be used to log in to the conference registration site. The association contact person may add anyone wishing to attend the conference to their membership roster by sending the individual's name and email address to

Complimentary Institutional Membership: The complimentary university membership was created in 2004 by ICA to further promote the development of the relationship between ICA and universities around the world.  Universities from all over the world are eligible, although those located in Tier B or C countries, as identified by the United Nations, will be given priority. The specific university department applying for the complimentary membership should be a media or communication department or have a strong focus on these areas. Up to 3 awards may be granted annually. 



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