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Theropod trackway, Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite, Wyoming, photo credit: Thomas Holtz

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All members are required to sign the SVP Code of Ethics statement.  All memberships include full online access to the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology – the most widely read journal in the profession – as well as voting rights (excepting Junior Members). Except where indicated, members may choose to receive a print subscription to the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology for an additional charge (included with Emeritus and Developing Country memberships).

Regular Member
Regular membership is open to any individual over 18 that is interested in vertebrate paleontology either professionally or avocationally. (For those under 18, see Junior Membership.)

Undergraduate/Graduate Student Member
Students must provide a valid university or college identification card as well as an advisor or authorized academic official’s signature.

Transitional Early-Career Member
Offers a discounted rate for 3 years to current renewing Student members who are approaching the end of training to help bridge the gap between the academic and employment years.

Second Member
Available to individuals living in the same household as an existing member.

Emeritus Member
Available to SVP members who are retired from formal employment and have been a member of SVP for thirty years (not necessarily continuously).

*Developing Country Member
Available to persons currently residing in a developing country as defined by the Least Developed Countries list created by the United Nations Committee for Development Policy. To view the current list of eligible countries, click here.

Institutional Membership: A Program for Institutions of Developing Nations
To increase access to electronic-based publications and news of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) for institutions based in areas with developing economies. See Institutional Membership for more details.

Junior Member
Open to individuals between 14-17 years of age (as of January 1 of the year of application).

MUST transition to another form of membership upon turning 18.

A parent or legal guardian must sign this application and agree to the ethics statement and all membership requirements.

Applicant must provide a 250-500 word typed personal statement stating why they are interested in becoming a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP).

Applicant must provide a letter of reference from a teacher, SVP Member or other person in the field of paleontology or a related field.

Junior Members do not have voting rights.

Eligible to receive the Student Member registration rate for attendance at SVP annual meetings. In order to complete registration for an Annual Meeting, Junior members require the written approval of a parent or guardian to attend.

Please Note:
All memberships are processed on a calendar year basis with a start date of January 1 and an end date of December 31. Memberships are not prorated.

Dues paid prior to the conclusion of the Fall SVP Annual Meeting are applied to the current calendar year. Dues paid after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting are applied to the next calendar year. You must be a member of the society for the current calendar year to receive meeting registration discounts.

Dues payments are non-refundable.

SVP Donor Membership
By adding a donation to your membership dues, you’re helping to ensure the continuation and growth of our education and advocacy programs. Contributing, Sustaining, Partner, and Patron members are recognized in the Program Book and on signage at the SVP annual meeting. An acknowledgement of your donation and status as a Donor member will be sent to you. The added donations listed are on top of the Regular Membership fee.

Contributing Member: $100 additional donation

Sustaining Member: $250 additional donation

Partner Member: $500 additional donation

Patron Member: $1000 additional donation

Honorary Membership
A lifetime free membership that is awarded to individuals (both current members and non-members) in recognition of contributions to the field of vertebrate paleontology. Honorary Members receive electronic access to the journal and have the ability to vote.

For more information on these awards and how to propose an individual, please see Honorary Membership.


Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22102, USA

Tel: 301-634-7024
Fax: 703-506-3266

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