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:
Regular Membership may be granted to national publishers associations representing to the fullest extent possible the publishers of their country. Regular Members pay an annual subscription determined for each Regular Member by the General Assembly from time to time. Regular 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.
National publishers'associations which do not yet fulfil all criteria of Regular Membership, but have taken specific steps to demonstrate their aspiration to do so, may be accepted as Affiliate Members of IPA. Affiliate Members may, in consideration for an annual subscription, take part in the work of IPA, but do not have any voting rights. Affiliate Membership is intended to lead to Regular Membership and Affiliate Members are requested to regularly update IPA on the progress made in this respect.
Affiliate Members may appoint one or two delegates to the General Assembly as observers. Affiliate Members may take part in the work of IPA's committees and working groups. Affiliate Members receive all general newsletters and other communications from IPA. IPA endeavours to provide the same advice in terms of legal counsel and legislative assistance as it does to its Regular Members.
Affiliate Members pay an annual subscription agreed between them and the Executive Committee.
Affiliate members are not entitled to vote. Their representatives cannot, in that capacity, hold IPA offices.
We kindly ask all to complete a basic questionnaire on their activities; this is available from the IPA Secretariat. 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.