Frequently Asked Questions

Using this Website




Using this Website

Why should I log in? Logging in to our website provides you with full access to our information, products, and services, many of which may only be accessed by members. If you are not a member, you will be asked to log in before you join, register for a meeting, subscribe to a journal, or purchase a product.

How do I log in? Log in by clicking the “Login” link found at the top of any website page.  You will be asked for your email address and password.

Your email address is the one we have on file if you are a member, certified, or an existing customer (purchased a product or attended a conference in the past). If you do not remember which email address you provided to us, have not provided one to us in the past, or if you do not have an email address, please call 608-273-8085 if you are certified or 608-273-8080 if you are a member or existing customer. If you are not a member, certified, or an existing customer, then you should click on "Register as a New Guest."

You may also click on Forgot My Password and we will email it to the email address we have on file. Once you have logged in for the first time, you may change your password.

What if I am not a member? If you are not a member, you will be asked to log in before you join, register for a meeting, subscribe to a journal, or purchase a product. We will keep your information on file, in accordance with our privacy policy. And of course, you should become a member to access the full range of benefits, products, and services we offer!

Why does it tell me my email is already in use? You have already registered as a guest (or are a member). Please click on Forgot My Password and your password will be emailed to you at the email we have on file for you.

How can I tell if I am logged in? Once you log in, your name will be displayed, along with a message that says “Welcome. You are logged in” at the top of each page, with an option to log out.

How can I find what I’m looking for? You may search our website using our Google search feature. Enter your search term in the box anchored at the top right side of each page, next to the “Login” button.


What is my membership number? Your membership number is assigned to you when you join. It may be found on your membership card or on the CSA News label. You may call Member Services at 608-273-8080 if you need your number, or email us at

Have I renewed my membership? If you are not sure if you have renewed your membership, please log in from any page to My Account. Your membership paid through and renewal dates will display at the top. You may also click on the "My Transactions" tab then choose "My Dues."

How do I update my contact information? Members and nonmembers may log in, then select "My Account." Edit the information in the "Contact Info" tab. Don't forget to click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.

Why can’t I change my organization? You may only change your organization to one already on our list. To find a company, click "Search Company/Institution" on the Contact Info tab in My Account. Note that the system will search for the text you enter in all parts of the company name or acronym, not just the beginning. The more you type in the search text, the smaller the list of possible matches. If you do not see your organization/company in the results list, please contact us at 608-273-8080 or email us at, so we can set up your organization.

How much does membership cost? It depends on your member type and location. Click here for Membership Dues information.

What if I can’t afford membership? Scientists and students residing in and a citizen of countries classified by the World Bank as low income or lower-middle income are eligible for a reduced membership rate. This includes membership in one Society of your choice, plus an electronic-only subscription to the journal of your choice (print subscriptions are not available for this membership category). An email address is necessary to access electronic-only benefits. The Agronomic Science Foundation will provide a 50% match of the reduced international membership rate for scientists/students for whom even the reduced membership rate is a hardship. Dues may also be waived for those on military leave or unemployed. Contact Member Services at 608-273-8080 or via email at for more information and an application. Online applications are not accepted.

What are the benefits of membership? As a member, you’ll find the information you want, when you need it; gain professional recognition and advance your career; access a community of peers around the world; and support your chosen profession. Click here for more information.

How do I become a member? Joining is easy! There are four easy ways to join or renew: online, by fax at 608-273-2021, via mail (address below), or by phone at 608-273-8080. To join by mail, download the appropriate PDF application on our membership page.

Which Divisions of Interest should I choose? You may only join CSSA Divisions of Interest if you hold an CSSA membership.  However, you may then join as many divisions as you would like.  Divisions have their own websites and listservs, and hold symposia and business meetings at the International Annual Meetings.

Can I tell a friend or colleague about membership? Of course! Recommending a friend or colleague for membership is one of the nicest things you can do to boost their career.

I just joined. What do I do now? Welcome! We’re so glad to have you as a member. You will receive a new member packet with your membership card and materials shortly. Meanwhile, visit our New Member Resources to get started.


How do I submit an abstract for a meeting? Abstracts for our International Annual Meetings may be submitted online at Click on the “Poster/Oral Papers” link. Typically, the Call for Papers goes out in January and abstracts must be submitted by early May.

How do I register for a meeting? Registering may be done online, via fax, or via mail. The International Annual Meetings Preregistration brochure includes registration and housing information and it may be downloaded by visiting the Annual Meetings website. If you would like to register for another meeting, visit the Meetings page.

Do I need to be a member to register for a meeting? It depends. Usually you do not need to be a member to register, but members typically receive a substantial discount on registration fees. For example, you can join and register for the Annual Meetings, and still pay less than the nonmember price—and you get the wonderful benefits of membership in addition to attending the meeting. Branch, regional, and other meetings may be different. Visit the Meetings page for more information.


How do I submit an article for publication? You'll find a list of publications, instructions for authors, and links to submit on our Publications page.

How do I subscribe to a journal? Subscribing is easy and there are many subscription options. If you are joining, you may choose to subscribe to the Digital Library or the journals at that time. You may add or drop subscriptions when you renew.

How do I access my electronic subscription? Use your member email address and password to to log into the Societies' websites. You can access your subscription by visiting the online journal site.

How do I order a publication? Visit the Society Store. You will see a complete list of Society publications, including books, CDs, and more. Visit the Publications page to see a partial list of publications.

How do I buy a single article? Visit the journal in question: Agronomy Journal, Crop Science, Soil Science Society of America Journal, Journal of Environmental Quality, Natural Sciences Education or Vadose Zone Journal. Use the “Search for Articles” link to find the article you would like, then follow the instructions to purchase it.

Where is my order? If you have placed an order and need assistance, please contact us at 608-273-8080 or via email at