Membership Benefits

It is an exciting time to join the ABS. Interest in our field of work is growing, and the need for knowledge and expertise on borders and transborder processes and communities is increasing in universities, government, community organizations, multilateral institutions, and the private sector.

When you join the ABS, you become part of an active community of border scholars and practitioners. As a member, you can:

  • Meet and be part of an international network of border scholars, educators, and practitioners;
  • Learn about the latest approaches, methods, and techniques used in disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and applied border studies;
  • Develop your professional skills and advance your career as researcher, educator, or expert on border issues;
  • Access to past issues and the most current issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies, published by the ABS four times a year.
  • Get updates about upcoming conferences, workshops, publications, and other events through La Frontera, the ABS official newsletter.
  • Participate in the ABS Annual Conference and the ABS World Conference.

In addition, all regular members can nominate candidates and vote for officers, hold offices, and participate in meetings, programs, and other activities and services of the ABS and its regional sections in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.


(Fees are paid for a calendar year based on the following membership options)


Beneficios de la membresía

Es un momento muy propicio para afiliarse a la ABS. El interés en nuestro campo de trabajo está aumentando, y la necesidad de conocimiento y experiencia sobre los temas de fronteras y los procesos y comunidades transfronterizas está creciendo en universidades, gobiernos, organizaciones comunitarias, instituciones multilaterales,  y el sector privado.

Al afiliarte a la ABS, te conviertes en miembro de una comunidad activa de académicos y profesionales. Como miembro de la ABS, podrás:

  • Conocer y ser miembro de una red internacional de investigadores, educadores y profesionistas en el campo de los estudios fronterizos;
  • Aprender sobre los enfoques, métodos y técnicas de investigación usados recientemente en estudios disciplinarios, multidisciplinarios, y aplicados en el campo de los estudios fronterizos;
  • Actualizar tus habilidades profesionales y avanzar tu carrera como investigador, docente, o experto en temas fronterizos;
  • Accesar en línea al Journal of Borderland Studies, publicado por la ABS cuatro veces al año;
  • Mantenerte actualizado sobre conferencias, talleres, publicaciones, y otros eventos a través de La Frontera, el boletín oficial de la ABS;
  • Participar en la Conferencia Anual de la ABS y en la Conferencia Mundial de la ABS.

Además, todos los miembros regulares pueden nominar candidatos, elegir y ser elegidos como oficiales de la asociación, y participar en reuniones, programas, y otras actividades y servicios de la ABS y sus secciones regionales en Europa, Latino América y Asia.


(La membresía cubre un año calendario en base a las siguientes opciones)

Payment Options

The following payment options all operate through PayPal, which requires that you have a PayPal account or credit/debit card to use their service. If you do not have a PayPal account or would not like to use PayPal you may also complete a bank wire transfer directly to ABS.

Please email absborderlands@asu.edu for bank information to complete your wire transfer or for any questions you may have regarding payment and membership.

Journal of Borderlands Study Access

As a member of the Association for Borderland Studies, you are entitled to free online access to the Journal of Borderlands Studies. If you have already received an activation email regarding your online access to the journal and followed the instructions, you do not need to do anything else. If you have not received this previous email, please see below on how to activate your online access to the journal.
If you are already registered with Taylor and Francis Online, please sign in and click on the voucher link below – this will activate your online access. If you are not already registered, please do so first.

You can register by going to www.tandfonline.com, clicking on the ‘register’ link and following the instructions.

**Once you have submitted your registration form, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you registered with containing a validation link to activate your account. Unfortunately, these emails can be caught in spam filters, please check this and add ‘@tandfonline.com’ to your safe senders list **

As soon as you receive a confirmation email, your account will be available. Ensure you are logged in to your account and click on the following link to activate your online access to the journal:


For subsequent access, please sign into www.tandfonline.com with the email and password that you registered with. Click ‘Your Account’ next to your recognised name at the top of the screen.

Online access to the journal is on the tab ‘Access Entitlements’ – please click on the journal title. This will then take you to the journal volume/issues.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact support@tandfonline.com


ABS Events & Conferences Fees Disclaimer

The Membership Dues outlined above do not cover the cost of associated, partnered, or external events and conferences advertised or promoted by the Association for Borderlands Studies including but not limited to events and conferences fees and registrations or other costs required. Please see the Meetings section for more information on ABS and ABS Members events and conferences.

Please email absborderlands@asu.edu for any questions you may have on events and conferences fees and registrations.

OECD Member Countries

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Latvia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the USA.

JBS Institutional Subscription Information

With JBS Volume 26 for 2011, the Association for Borderlands Studies is pleased to announce that our journal is now being published by Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Group, Informa UK Limited. Please contact their Customer Services at: subscriptions@tandf.co.uk for pricing information.