Membership FAQs

Do you have a question about ACR/ARP membership? Check out our frequently asked questions. If you don't find what you are looking for, feel free to contact us.


How do I join the ACR/ARP?

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/ARP categories.

What are the benefits of ACR/ARP membership?

Learn more on the Membership Benefits page.

How long will it take to process my membership application?

Membership applications are processed within 2-3 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/ARP membership dues?

Any Fellow, International Fellow, Member, or International Member may request a 50% reduction in their dues for one year. The member must demonstrate some type of financial hardship rendering him/her unable to pay the dues in full. Examples: sudden loss of income, financial hardship, or extended medical leave. Income information may be required. If a dues reduction is granted, journal subscription access will be available online but not in print (if subscription is included with membership). Please send written requests to

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%.

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

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

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?

If you do not renew your membership before the end of your term, follow the prompts to Rejoin on the My Account page. You will select your same membership category, re-attest to the bylaws and code of ethics, and then be able to pay the dues for your new membership term.

How do I rejoin the ACR/ARP?

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


Are journal subscriptions included in my dues?

Journal subscriptions are offered only to ACR/ARP 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 privacy settings.

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

To start delivery of monthly printed journals, update your privacy settings.


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.

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