TUG Membership Information

For those brand-new to TUG: join as a new member with the simplified trial membership form.

For all renewing and institutional members: renew or join with the regular membership form.

Paper mail: If you wish to pay by check or money order or otherwise prefer it, you can alternatively print the membership form (letter-size PDF, A4 PDF) and follow the instructions there for mailing.

Joint membership: Many TeX user groups worldwide have mutual agreements with TUG whereby you can receive a discount for joining both user groups. To do this, please join via their respective membership pages and select the option for joint membership: DANTE (German), DK-TUG (Danish), GuIT (Italian), GUT (French), NTG (Dutch), or UK-TUG (United Kingdom). We welcome making joint membership arrangements with other user groups; contact us if you are interested.

Making a donation instead of joining as a member is also very welcome, if that's your preference.

TUG membership dues

All amounts are in US dollars (approximate currency conversions).

For institutional members, a separate membership form should be submitted for each person who joins as part of the institutional membership. Please indicate the affiliated institution in the comments field.

Automatic renewals: you can choose to automatically renew your TUG membership in future years, thus saving TUG some overhead and you some time. Please consider choosing this option on the membership form. Of course you can cancel the autorenewal at any time by contacting the TUG office.

Electronic membership savings: you can choose to omit delivery of the physical TUGboat and software benefits; they are available electronically. Since this saves TUG some expense, we pass on that savings with a reduced membership fee.

Tax deduction: membership dues less value of benefits received are generally tax-deductible, at least in the USA. We have calculated the value of benefits to be $40 for 2021, or $10 if you select the electronic discount option. Thus, for example, $45 of the $85 early bird membership dues (or $45 of the $55, if electronic) is tax-deductible in the US. Alternatively, the entire dues may be deductible as an employee or small business expense, depending on your situation. More info on tax status.

TUG membership benefits

Joining TUG helps to support and promote the use of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, Metafont, MetaPost, and related systems worldwide.

Major tangible benefits include TUGboat and the TeX Collection software, described further below. In addition, TUG members vote in TUG elections, and receive discounts on meeting fees, software licenses (including the Lucida fonts), etc. More info on TUG's aims and membership benefits.

If you'd like to support TUG without becoming a member, making a donation is always greatly appreciated. Also, anyone can order software, older issues of TUGboat, and TeX memorabilia through the TUG store (members get a discount).

TUGboat: The Communications of the TeX Users Group

All members receive the TUGboat journal, a benefit unique to joining TUG. It is currently published on paper three times a year and distributed to all TUG members for that year. All issues are also available to TUG members electronically.

The TUGboat editors welcome your input. For article proposals, advertising rates, and any comments or suggestions, please see the TUGboat web pages.

The TeX Collection: Major software distributions

All members receive the TeX software collection. The exact contents and timing of the software release varies, as it is produced entirely by volunteers.

The next software release, TeX Collection 2021, is tentatively planned to be available electronically by mid-year. It will also be shipped on DVD to 2021 members (apart from those choosing to receive all benefits electronically). We expect the collection to include:


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If you have questions or encounter any problems with membership registration, please contact the TUG office. Thanks for your support.

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