If you have questions or encounter any problems with membership registration, please contact the TUG office.
Join or renew online (recommended): Submit the secure online form. You can pay with a credit card, debit card, or via PayPal.
Paper mail: If you wish to pay by check or money order or otherwise prefer it, you can alternatively print the membership form (letter-size PDF, A4 PDF) and follow the instructions there for mailing.
Joint membership: Many TeX user groups worldwide have mutual agreements with TUG whereby you can receive a discount for joining both user groups. To do this, please join via their respective membership pages and select the option for joint membership: DANTE (German), DK-TUG (Danish), GuIT (Italian), GUT (French), NTG (Dutch), or UK-TUG (United Kingdom). (We welcome making joint membership arrangements with other user groups; contact us if you are interested.)
Making a donation instead of joining as a member is also very welcome, if that's your preference.
All amounts are in US dollars (approximate currency conversions). For 2013, the membership rates are unchanged.
For group and institutional members, a separate membership form should be submitted for each person who joins as part of a group or institutional membership. Please indicate the affiliated institution in the comments field.
Tax deduction: membership dues less value of benefits received are generally tax-deductible, at least in the USA. We have calculated the actual value of benefits to be $40 for 2013. For example, $45 of the $85 early bird membership dues is tax-deductible in the US. Alternatively, the entire dues may be deductible as an employee or small business expense, depending on your situation. More info on tax status.
Electronic membership discount: you can choose to omit delivery of the physical TUGboat and software benefits; they are available electronically. Since this saves TUG some expense, we pass on that savings as a discount on the membership fee.
Automatic renewals: you can choose to automatically renew your TUG membership in future years, thus saving TUG some overhead and you some time. Please consider choosing this option on the membership form. Of course you can cancel the autorenewal at any time by contacting the TUG office.
Joining TUG helps to support and promote the use of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, Metafont, MetaPost, and related systems worldwide.
Major tangible benefits include TUGboat and the TeX Collection software, described further below. In addition, TUG members vote in TUG elections, and receive discounts on meeting fees, software licenses (including the Lucida fonts), etc. More info on TUG's aims and membership benefits.
If you'd like to support TUG without becoming a member, making a donation is always greatly appreciated. Also, anyone can order software, older issues of TUGboat, and TeX memorabilia through the TUG store (members get a discount).
All members receive the TUGboat journal, a benefit unique to joining TUG. It is currently published on paper three times a year and distributed to all TUG members for that year. All issues are also available to TUG members electronically.
The TUGboat editors welcome your input. For article proposals, advertising rates, and any comments or suggestions, please see the TUGboat web pages.
All members receive the TeX software collection. The exact contents and timing of the software release varies, as it is produced entirely by volunteers.
The next software release, TeX Collection 2013, is tentatively planned to be released in mid-2013. It will be shipped on DVD to 2013 members. We expect the collection to include:
TUG uses your personal information only to mail you products, publications, notices, and (for voting members) official ballots. TUG does not sell or otherwise provide its membership list to anyone.