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Frequently Asked Questions







How do I pay my dues?

SPSP dues are annual and based on the calendar year, so membership expires on December 31. We begin our collection of dues for each year in the fall. You can pay your dues in the following ways:

  • Online: The easiest way to pay your dues is through the secure portal built into the webpage. Log in and clicking "Membership Info" on the right side of the page. This link opens to our secure socket layer (SSL) Dues Renewal e-commerce site. If your membership has expired, when you log in you will be ushered directly to the dues payment portal. For more information about the process, please visit our Dues Payment Information Page.
  • Check: If you prefer to pay by check, you can also print the SPSP Dues Form and follow its instructions for paying your dues.


Can someone else pay my dues?

Your SPSP dues can be securely processed online by another person. Simply send an email to including your name, the number of renewal years to be paid, and the email address of the person who will process the payment. We will email an invoice link to your credit card information entry screen, and we will send you a receipt verifying that the dues have been paid.


How do I change my membership information (e.g., I've moved, or no longer want hard copies of journals)?

The membership data base is self-service. If you wish to make a change to your records then log into your account at and edit your account information. If you have forgotten your log in credentials, use the "contact us” box or the "forgot password” tools on that site to request them.


I think I'm a member, but I can't log in successfully. What should I do?

For most log-in problems, all you need to do is click the "Forgot your password?" link under the Sign In icon and the system will send you directions for resetting your credentials. Be sure the new information does not get sent to your SPAM folder.

If the SPSP page continues to deny you access or the reset-email does not arrive in a minute or two, please try this troubleshooter:

  1. Try the "Forgot Password” button one more time. Be certain to type in your SPSP user ID correctly when you ask for new credentials. NOTE: The "Forgot Username/Password" tool does not warn you if the UserID you enter is not in its database. If you forget your UserID, you should just go ahead and use the "contact us" box and let us reset it.
  2.  Close your browser and reopen it. Direct your browser to and try to enter your credentials again. Be sure that pop-up/redirects are not blocked. 
  3. If your dues are not paid up in full, the system will not let you log-in until you have updated your account.

If you still can't enter the system after these steps, then get in touch using the "contact us" form at the top of the main page. We will respond to your request as soon as we can. If available, you may also contact us via our Live Chat feature.


How do I get access to the Society's journals? is linked to the Society's journal archives at Sage. Members should click on the Publications tab and then the "access to journals" tab (the first option in the pull-down menu).

If the SAGE page denies you access, please try to correct the problem with this troubleshooter:

  1. Close all browsers.
  2. Open your browser and navigate to by typing in the address. Do not use a link from another page.
  3. Log in, do not use Facebook credentials. 
  4. After you log in click "access to journals” which is in the Publications pull-down menu.
  5. The second click is the journal of your choice.
  6. When that page opens, in small type at the top you should see "Institution: Society for Personality and Social Psychology”. You do not need to sign into SAGE unless you want to use their functionalities.
  7. If you do not see that message, change browsers and try again. In some cases IE and Sahara have protection settings set so high that the permission is blocked.

If you continue to have difficulties, please click the "contact us" box on the top of the page and report the problem. Mention that you did the recommended troubleshooting steps, but that the fix failed.  The more details you can provide, the better.


What do certain choices mean when I am setting up my preferences?

The SPSP website has a number of features and functionalities which you can discover and use by exploring the site. Some of the less obvious features include:

  • Connections: you can link to specific people in the membership by visiting their profile, and clicking the Connect icon. This feature is similar to friending a person in Facebook. (Find potential connections using the member search feature).
  • Forums: The forums are web-based discussion areas. You can set your preferences for forum messages directly on the forum page, and on your preferences page (under Newsletters).
  • Favorites: Most pages on the site have a star on them. If you click the star, you can add the page to your list of favorites. This feature functions like a bookmark in a web browser.

You can edit your preferences at any time, and any change you make can be reversed, so you can experiment with the settings.


How do I upload a profile picture?

To add your picture navigate to the Profile Home page and click the "add photo" box above the generic no-photo image.


How do I reset my Username and Password?

To change your username, log in to your account and click Manage Profile and then Edit Bio icon. Click “change” next to your username. To change your password, click the word "change" on the Password line.


When does my membership expire?

Memberships last the calendar year, from January to December. So that you receive all the benefits of membership it is important to pay your dues by December 1, at the latest.


Is there a way to search for members of the SPSP website?

You can conduct "people" searches by name, in the main search box. If you want to generate a directory of members or find members who have certain qualities, use the "member search” function on the top menu ribbon. All public content on the SPSP site (member profile pages, organizational documents, forum discussions) is indexed and can be searched using the site's search box located on the right side of the site pages.


How do I stop getting so many emails from the system?

The SPSP website is a social networking and information sharing site, therefore has some automated features, such as newsletters and email updating you about what other members are doing.

You can control these messages by going to your "manage profile” area under your My Profile box on the right side of all screens. The Preferences box there gives you all your options. Checking the box next to a specific preference turns the preference "on." Uncheck the boxes next to the features you no longer want updates for.


I would like to receive email messages from the SPSP-Discussion (or announce) list. How do I make sure I am still subscribed?

The "forum” pages have replaced the email listserve system. You can have the messages posted in the forums sent to whatever email account you have registered with as they are posted by setting your preferences to "instant updates” when you subscribe to the forum. You can also receive digests of the messages in by subscribing to the "digest” of the forum or by turning on the "Forum newsletter” feature in your preferences. See the FAQ page for Forums for more information 




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