Membership FAQs

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Membership

How do I join the ACR/ARHP?

To join as a new member, visit the Membership Types page. To see how to renew or reinstate a past membership, visit the Renew Membership page.

Which membership category is right for me?

Visit the Membership Types page to see the requirements for ACR/ARHP categories.

What are the benefits of ACR/ARHP membership?

Learn more on the Membership Benefits page.

How long will it take to process my membership application?

Membership applications are processed within two - three business days upon receipt. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email confirmation.

What is the duration of membership?

Memberships are for one calendar year from the date of activation and are renewed annually.

What if I cannot afford ACR/ARHP membership dues?

Members who are unable to pay the full dues rate may request a 50% dues reduction. Examples of requests would include sudden loss of income, financial/economic hardship, or medical leave. To request a dues reduction, write a letter citing the reason(s) for your request. Dues reductions apply for one year only; a new written request must be made at the time of renewal each year. Requests should be sent to membership@rheumatology.org.

Are my membership dues tax-deductible?

The ACR is a 501c(6) organization and membership dues are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution for U.S. federal income tax purposes. ACR dues may be tax deductible as an ordinary business expense (less lobbying allocations). Dues paid are deductible at 65%.

Can I set up automatic payments for my membership dues?

Yes! Go to My Account and click the link for Auto-Renewal.

How do I turn off my auto-renew membership payment?

Go to My Account and click the link for Auto-Renewal.

How can I obtain a copy of a receipt for my membership?

Membership receipts are available online in My Account under My Orders. If you are unable to download your receipt, please contact membership@rheumatology.org.

How can I get a copy of my dues renewal invoice for my institution/employer?

Dues invoices are available online in My Account under My Orders. If you are unable to download your invoice, please contact membership@rheumatology.org.

How will I know it’s time to renew my membership?

Your membership expiration date is listed on your My Account page. The membership department will send mail and email reminders to you beginning three months before your membership expires.

How do I renew my membership online?

You can renew your membership online on the My Account page.

What if I miss my dues renewal deadline?

The ACR/ARHP offers a 60-day grace period for renewing your membership. Access to membership benefits will continue for 30 days after your dues expiration date. At 31 days past expiration, access to membership benefits is removed. At 61 days past expiration, membership is terminated.

How do I rejoin the ACR/ARHP?

You can rejoin online through My Account. Take note of your membership category to be sure you rejoin at the correct rate.

Journals

Are journal subscriptions included in my dues?

Journal subscriptions are offered only to ACR/ARHP members. Journal type and delivery vary based on your membership type.

How do I access the journals online?

To access the full text of articles in Arthritis & Rheumatology or Arthritis Care & Research, members should login on the ACR website and then go to the journals page. Select the journal you would like to read and then scroll down to the section "Member" where you will see a link to access the journal. This link connects you to the publisher's website without requiring another login.

What is the “online only” journal option?

Selecting the "online only" option will stop delivery of printed copies for both journals. Your journal subscription already includes online access. Selecting "online only" means you do not wish to receive printed copies.

How do I STOP delivery of the printed copies of my journals?

To stop delivery of monthly printed journals, update your communication preferences.

How do I START delivery of the printed copies of my journals?

To start delivery of monthly printed journals, update your communication preferences.

Contributions

Can I make a contribution to RheumPAC?

If you would like to make a voluntary contribution to RheumPAC, the ACR's political action committee, please visit the RheumPAC page for investment information. Contributions must be made with a personal check or credit card and may only be made by United States citizens.

Can I make a contribution to the Rheumatology Research Foundation?

You may make a voluntary contribution to the Rheumatology Research Foundation with your annual membership dues payment or on the Foundation’s website.