IPA Membership


IPA's membership comprises 81 organisations from 69 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. Reading through the pages of this section, you will find out more about IPA's membership and how to become a member of IPA.

Click here to download the full list (as a PDF) of IPA members with mailing addresses.


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 see below.

Current membership includes 81 publishers' organisations from 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).

How to become an IPA Member?

In principle, IPA membership is open to national, and international regional or specialist publishers' associations which:

  • Share IPA's Objects, and actively promote and defend publishers' interests; and
  • Conform with IPA's Statutes, and are themselves based on voluntary membership and the principles of democratic self-organisation of publishers; and
  • Pay their annual subscription to the IPA Secretariat; and
  • Undertake to give effect in their respective countries to the resolutions and recommendations passed by the IPA General Assembly and to report to the IPA Secretary General on the steps taken and the results achieved.
  • IPA distinguishes between five categories of membership.

You can read the membership elegibility criteria here and download the application form here.

Regular Membership

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

Associate Membership may be granted to international regional publishers' organisations and international publishers organisations with specialised publishing interests.

Affiliate Membership

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.

Benefits of Affiliate Membership

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.

Application Procedure

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.

Should you have any question regarding IPA or the application process, please contact the IPA Secretariat at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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