CIOS Membership Program
The CIOS membership program provides a way for individuals to support CIOS activities.
A variety of benefits are available to those who elect to contribute.
Description of Benefits:
Access to the CIOS's premier ComAbstracts database with
keyworded abstracts for tens of thousands of articles and books from
more than 130 scholarly journals in communication, mass media, rhetoric,
and journalism with coverage beginning in 1915. (Please note that
as an abstracts database, ComAbstracts does not contain full
articles. In the case of institutional subscriptions ComAbstracts
results may be linked via openURL technology to full text of articles to
which the institution has access via other means. For individual
memberships it is not possible to provide such links.)
Access to interactive tables of contents for all issues
of communication journals
Access to all content of the Electronic Journal of
Access to the Visual Communication Concept Explorer
Access to the ComVista database
Perhaps most importantly, your membership in the CIOS helps
support our effort to provide high quality services at affordable
prices, to counter the effects of skyrocketing costs of access to the
field's literature. The take over by the for-profit sector of virtually
all scholarly publishing and databases has resulted in runaway pricing,
reduced access to communication scholarship, damaged library
collections, and eroded public trust in academic scholarship and in
public support of research. Your support for the CIOS's
not-for-profit services is a vote for a better future.
How to Join:
Membership are for one year and cost $50.00. Send questions
about the CIOS membership program to:
To register as a member of the CIOS, you can send check, money order
or institutional purchase order.
You can also pay by credit card. Just click the PayPal "Buy
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benefits listed above.
Please do not send cash. If you choose to pay by check, money order, or institutional purchase order,
include your name, phone number, and email address in a note accompanying
your payment and mail to:
Communication Institute for Online Scholarship
P.O. Box 57
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150 USA
Funds should be in US currency only and payable to CIOS.
The CIOS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), organization.
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About the CIOS:
The Communication Institute for Online Scholarship
not-for-profit organization supporting the use of computer and
information technologies in the service of communication-related
scholarship and education worldwide. Individuals support the activities
of the CIOS by becoming members of the CIOS.
The CIOS provides premier educational and research databases at
very low cost and pursues innovative uses of information technology for
the benefit of scholars and students of communication.
Institutions (principally departments of communication, media,
rhetoric, journalism, as well as libraries and computer centers) support
the activities of the the CIOS by becoming institutional affiliates of
All proceeds from CIOS membership programs are used in support of
CIOS scholarly services. If you have questions or comments
about the CIOS and its services, you can write to
or call 518-887-2443.