National book and journal publishers associations can participate in the work of IPA as "Regular Members". International publishers organisations with specialised publishing interests as well as international regional publishers associations may become IPA "Associate Members". Individual publishing houses can only become IPA members under limited circumstances. For more about IPA Membership and the different membership categories, please click here.
Current membership includes some 81 publishers' organisations from approximately 69 countries. This includes the international regional publisher associations from Latin America (GIE), the Arab countries (APU), Africa (APNET), and Europe (FEP), as well as specialist publishers associations such as the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM) and the International Federation of Scholarly Publishers (IFSP).
In principle, IPA membership is open to national, and international regional or specialist publishers' associations which:
Full Membership may be granted to national publishers associations representing to the fullest extent possible the publishers of their country. Full Members pay an annual subscription determined for each Full Member by the General Assembly from time to time. Full Members take part in the work of the Association.
Associate Membership may be granted to international regional publishers' organisations and international publishers organisations with specialised publishing interests.
We kindly ask all to complete a basic questionnaire on their activities. Together with the elegibility criteria, the information provided by the applicant association in this questionnaire will help the IPA Membership Committee and General Assembly to form a view as to whether your Association fulfils IPA's criteria for a given membership category. The IPA General Assembly decides, at its discretion, whether or not to accept any given application.
The application process itself, which leads up to the request for membership addressed to the General Assembly, is administered by the IPA Secretariat and will depend on the particular circumstances of each applicant. IPA generally asks applicants to make themselves available for a personal meeting at an international publishing event, e.g. during a major international book fair, or the next IPA Copyright Congress, to discuss the aspects raised in the questionnaire.