Membership FAQs
Membership FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Scroll down to find answers to Journal, Division, SIG, and Insurance Questions.

Please feel free to contact the AERA Membership Team at or 202 238-3200 for any questions that you may have.

I forget my username or password or the ones I am using are not working.
Go to the login page and you will see a link “Forget your User Name and/or Password?” An email will be sent to the email on your record allowing you to reset your user name or password within 60 minutes or you will need to try again.  If you do not receive an email or you no longer have access to the email address linked to your record, contact or call (202)238-3200 or text Sean Twombly, director of membership, at (202) 744-5780.

The most common reason for not being able to login is that there are two AERA records with two different email addresses for the same person.  Go to the login page and click the link, “Activate or Create My Account” under the “Don’t Have an Account.”  On the next webpage under “Activation” enter each of your email addresses one at a time to see if you have two accounts to reset your password.  Write if you have duplicate records so that we can merge or eliminate one to avoid further confusion.

What do I need to be eligible for a membership?
Individuals interested in education research who subscribe to the aims of AERA may be Affiliate members. Other membership categories have eligibility requirements that you can review at the Membership Categories webpage

What is AERA’s Membership Year?
The AERA Membership year runs on a calendar basis.  

  • New or returning members, who join between January 1 and September 30 will pay the dues rate for the current calendar year. 
  • New or returning members, who join from October 1 through December 31, will pay the dues rate for the calendar year of January 1 through December 31 of the upcoming year. 

When does my membership expire?
AERA membership is based on a calendar year; all memberships expire on 12/31 of the year you obtained membership.

My employer paid my membership. What happens if I leave my employer?
AERA membership is individual, so your membership follows you. Please make sure to keep your contact information current, especially when changing jobs or addresses. Login to update your contact information.

Are memberships transferable?
Memberships are not transferable.

Can I cancel my membership during the year and receive a refund?
Membership, divisions, SIGs, journals, and any other membership fees are non-refundable.

Does AERA offer multiple-year memberships?
AERA members are offered the option of purchasing 2 years of membership.  If you are interested in further years of membership, please contact AERA does not offer lifetime memberships.

Has my membership been renewed?
By renewing online, you are immediately sent your receipt and have access to your member benefits. You may login at any time, click on the link, “My AERA,” at the very top of the page, and you will see the expiration date of your AERA membership.   

How do I obtain a membership receipt?
Login and select the link, “My AERA” at the very top of the page, click on “My Profile,” click on the tab “Email History,” and click on the most recent message titled, “Thank you for your support of AERA,” open up the email to make sure that it includes the receipt for your recent payment for membership, and you can either click on “Resend” or enter a new email address to send that receipt of your payment,

I'm already a member, why am I getting emails about joining?
Sorry about that! Please contact because you may have a duplicate record with the same or different email addresses for your name.

How do I change my name, address, phone, email address, demographic information, or mailing destination?
Login and select the link, “My AERA” at the very top of the page and click on “My Profile,” click on the tab for name, address, phone, email address, demographic information, or mailing destination.  Make your changes when the record opens up or in some cases you need to click on the little arrow to open up your details, make your changes, and be sure to click “Update” to save your changes.

How can I see my selections (type of membership, divisions, SIGs, journals) for a year of membership?
Login and select the link at the very top of the page called, “My AERA,” and click on “My Profile,” click on the tab “Summary” and scroll down to “Sales History” to see what you have purchased.  

How do I access online AERA journals?
Login and select the link, “My AERA” at the very top of the page. Scroll down to the Publications header and you will see links for each AERA journals. These links pass you to SAGE Publications landing page for each journal.


Can I change divisions or SIGs to different Divisions or SIGs?
While you can add Divisions or SIGs. you cannot change to different divisions or SIGs once you membership is processed.

May I add additional divisions, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), or journals at any point in my membership year?
As a member, you may make additional purchases.  Login, click on the tab, “My AERA,” at the very top of the page, and under ‘Membership” select the link for the additional purchase you wish to make.

May I join a division or a SIG without being a member?
Membership in a division or SIG is a privilege of AERA membership.


How do I obtain insurance through the Association?
Apply online or download applications by visiting the AERA Member Insurance Program, administered by Forrest T. Jones & Company. Or call (800) 821-7303 weekdays and ask for customer service.