Membership Secretary’s Report 28.1.2017

SSCIP Committee Meeting                                                              26 January 2017

Membership Secretary Report

K.A. Hemer

 

2016 Membership

The following data discussed in this report was correct as of the beginning of September 2016.

The introduction of an updated Membership form was useful for the collation of members data, especially for identifying who was renewing or new members.

Requiring Action: It would be useful to have a downloadable copy of the Membership form on the website in the same manner as the Standing Order form – this will make it easier for members to download and complete the form and send it back by email, rather than having to cut/paste the webpage and make their own form.

At the end of December 2016, the Society had 66 members meaning that we broke-even with the total number of members for 2015.

21 new members joined the Society in 2016 (one more than in 2015). The majority of members are Waged. There seems to have been a greater number of Unwaged members joining this year in comparison to only 6 reduced fee (student) members in 2015. This is likely to be because we have opened the reduced fee category to include retirees, the unemployed, and those from Qualifying Countries (Figs. 1 & 2).

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Figure 1: Number of members according to type by end of December 2016.

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Figure 2. Comparison between the number of members for December 2015 and December 2016 according to ‘new’ and’ renewal’ memberships.

The Society continues to have a very international profile as illustrated by Figure 3. The UK and the USA remain the main source country for members, however there has been a slight decrease in the number of members from the USA in comparison to 2015, and a very slight increase in UK members.

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Figure 3: Pie-chart illustrating the country of residence of members by the end of December 2016.

There has been a slight increase in members from some countries in 2016 by comparison to 2015 (Figure 4); for example, we now have more members from New Zealand and Australia in comparison to last year. We have gained new members from Denmark and the United Arab Emirates but have also lost members from Mexico, Italy, Nigeria and Germany and currently have no members from these countries.

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Figure 4. Comparison between the number of members according to country of residence for 2015 and 2016.

Conclusions on the status of the membership

In sum, SSCIP’s membership remains healthy, and the numbers are really positive particularly since we introduced the slightly increased waged membership fee for 2016. The numbers suggest that our increased membership fee is not an unreasonable amount and remains comparable to that of other learned societies, and that most members, including renewing members, have not been put off by the slight increase in price.

Transition to Taylor and Francis – membership/journal distribution

Following the journal’s transition to Taylor and Francis in January 2016, the distribution of the journal has been based on an ‘on-system’ list meaning that KH provides the publisher with the details of new members in an excel spreadsheet on an ad-hoc basis, rather than an updated spreadsheet at the end of every month; T&F add any new members to their system and the journal is sent out immediately. This slight change to the system has worked well; KH has sent T&F a list of new members every few months, and found the process to be less demanding in terms of time spent compiling members data.

T&F were also very helpful regarding one situation where one member in the US did not receive any of the four (!) copies of volume 8.1 sent to her (no idea why) – they eventually sent the journal by courier, and it was finally received.

Membership challenges

Some members of the Editorial board responded negatively after they were informed that Editorial board members must join the Society. This resulted in some withdrawing from the Editorial board, whilst those who were entirely unresponsive to emails were removed from the list. At the end of the day, Editorial members were reminded to renew their membership on more than one occasion.