SCB Member Benefits

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) was founded in 1985 with the objective of applying  a greater conservation-oriented focus to the traditional biological sciences. Since then, the field of Conservation Biology has grown considerably, as has Society membership. This global community of conservation professionals is the foundation of the Society for Conservation Biology. 

Whether it’s leadership, networking and career-boosting opportunities found at SCB meetings and in SCB Groups, access to groundbreaking scientific journals, or passion for the advancement of the science and practice of conserving the Earth's biological diversity, you’ll find it all and more as a member of SCB.

Here are some of the benefits available to members of SCB:

  1. Conservation Letters plus a discount to publish in Conservation Letters*
  2. 25% discount on Wiley-Blackwell publications
  3. Discounted rates for all SCB conferences
  4. Online access to the SCB member expertise database
  5. The opportunity to have you and your work featured on the SCB home page
  6. Access to groundbreaking research at discounted subscription rates for Conservation Biology, Pacific Conservation Biology, and Biological Conservation
  7. Free online access to Conservation Biology and Biological Conservation for members from developing countries
  8. Representation and participation in international and national policy forums
  9. Networking opportunities when you join your conservation community through SCB Sections, Chapters, and Working Groups

Some reasons for belonging to SCB are hard to quantify. SCB President (2011-2013) Paul Beier does a great job of explaining those hard-to-quantify reasons in this article first published in SCB's newsletter.  

More on membership rates and types of memberships. 

*Please email for the Conservation Letters discount code.

More on SCB Membership

Publications: SCB provides members-only access to several  publications. These publications include two premier journals: Conservation Biology, our flagship peer-reviewed journal, and Conservation Letters, our online journal that contains letters, mini-reviews, and policy perspectives with significant and immediate conservation implications. We also publish an SCB News Blog which offers an insider view on Society activities, including critical work by SCB members around the globe. In addition, SCB  offers our  affiliate publications, Biological Conservation and Pacific Conservation Biology to our members at discounted rates.

Discounts for SCB Global Meetings: SCB conferences are excellent opportunities to learn about  the most recent developments in conservation science, and to meet new colleagues around the world.  Members receive discounts for all SCB meetings.

Jobs: Our job board postings are accessible to members only during the first 48 hours after posting, giving our members a head start on job opportunities.

Global Community: SCB  provides members with many opportunities for communication with their peers around the globe. Members can join Regional Sections, Local Chapters, and Topical Working Groups, participate in committees, and find conservation colleagues through our Membership Expertise Database.

Special Benefits for Members in Developing Countries: SCB offers members in developing countries free online access to Conservation Biology and Biological Conservation. Thank you to our partners - Elsevier Publishing and Wiley-Blackwell for making this possible. SCB classifies a developing country according to the definitions of the World Bank, which uses gross national income (GNI) per capita as the main indicator. Here is a list of developing countries.

Voting: Members can run for office and vote in SCB Board of Governors’ elections and Section Board elections.  Participation in these elections helps determine the future direction of the Society.

Representation and Participation in Policy Forums: SCB brings vital science and legal expertise to policy decision-makers, helping them make sound judgments regarding environmental and conservation policy.

Other Benefits: Members are offered other unique benefits as they arise, such as a  recently introduced 25% discount on all Wiley-Blackwell publications. These offers will appear to members when they are logged in to their member home page.