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Subscriber Services

How do I subscribe to Science News?

Subscribe to Science News right now by clicking here or give us a call at 800-552-4412. If you are outside the U.S., call (937) 610-0240.

Science News is published by the Society for Science. Your subscription includes a free one-year membership in the Society and supports our work to:

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I didn’t realize Science News was a nonprofit. Are there other ways I can help?

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I have other questions or concerns. How can I contact your Subscriber Services team?

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How do I order back issues of Science News?

Most past issues of Science News magazine since 1924 are available for purchase. Subscribers can also find a PDF version of a back issue by going to our magazine archive. This is a subscriber-only benefit. Subscribe here.

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Digital Resources & Troubleshooting

Do I need to subscribe or register to view articles?

Only subscribers receive unlimited access to all articles on, but non-subscribers can get additional free articles by registering with an email address. Once you reach your limit, you can return the next month for more free articles or review our subscription plans for unlimited access.

How do I cancel my Science News subscription?

To cancel a digital subscription: If you purchased a digital-only subscription after September, 2023, click the SETTINGS link in the nav bar (if you don’t see this link, you may need to SIGN IN first). From there, click Manage Digital Subscription and click CANCEL. Subscriptions purchased before September 2023 can be canceled through our legacy monthly digital portal (for $2.99/mo. subscriptions) or our legacy annual digital subscription portal (for $30/yr. subscriptions)

To cancel a print subscription: All print subscriptions can be canceled through our print subscriber portal.

How do I access with my membership or print subscription?

Full digital access is included with any active print subscription or donation of more than $75 to the Society for Science in the past year.  Just register here with the email address associated with your membership or subscription and follow the instructions to connect your account with a complimentary digital subscription.

If you need to change or transfer the email address associated with your account, please visit our customer service portal. If you have any trouble logging on, reach out to our subscriber service department at (800) 552-4412.

Where can I download a pdf of past issues of Science News?

Paid subscribers to our digital edition can access a pdf version of recent past issues by visiting our archive of back issues. From there, select the issue you would like to download and click Read Digital Issue in the upper left hand corner. This will open up a pdf version, which you can download.

Does Science News offer a digital only edition?

We do! You can purchase a digital only subscription.

As part of your digital subscription, you’ll receive a periodic e-mail with links to our latest articles and you will receive unlimited access to these articles. Digital subscribers also receive exclusive access to a pdf version of any issue in our back issue archive by logging in with the email associated with your subscription and clicking the Read Digital Issue button within each issue summary.

To change or transfer the email address associated with your digital account, click SETTINGS at the top of the page. If you do not see that link, you may need to sign in first. If you are signed in and do not see that link, contact (800) 552-4412 to update your information.

Where can I find your website terms and policies?

How do I manage subscriptions in the Science News app?

We offer an app for Apple and Android. Access to our content in these apps is free for all print and digital subscribers. Digital-only subscribers can manage their account directly in digital account settings. Print subscribers can manage their subscription in our print magazine customer support portal.

We dropped in-app purchasing when we launched a new paywall on in September, 2023.  Our reason was that Apple does not share contact information with us for in-app purchases, so there was no way for us to extend the benefit of full website access to in-app subscribers.

If you subscribed through an in-app purchase before this change, you should no longer see a deduction in your credit card statement, and the easiest way to confirm that your subscription has been cancelled is to review in-app subscriptions within your settings (see instructions for Apple Users | Android Users). Your refund should be automatic, but if you have any issues, contact customer support. ( iTunes: (800) MY–APPLE | Play Store: (855) 466-4438 )

How do I access the Kindle edition?

Amazon shut down Newsstand (which housed our Kindle edition) on September 4, 2023. Amazon cancelled all open subscriptions on this date and issued pro-rata refunds to remaining annual subscribers.

Science News Magazine subscribers can still download a pdf version of the latest issue (or any issue in our magazine archive) by clicking the READ DIGITAL EDITION button at the top of the table of contents for that issue. You can then add that issue to your kindle by using the send to kindle tool at You can also send html versions of individual articles by using the device-appropriate send-to-kindle extension or app.

Can I see Science News articles on social media and related platforms?

Yes you can! Find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Flipboard and more.

Does Science News have a policy on reader comments on its articles on those platforms?

Yes we do; find those guidelines here.

Why can’t I comment on Science News articles anymore?

Science News discontinued comment sections on its articles in August 2019. For more on that decision, see this article. We do always welcome reader feedback on our articles; write to us at

Do you have an RSS feed?

Yep! Here’s our RSS feed. You can also find an RSS feed of any topic by navigating to that topic on our site and typing /feed after the url.

Does Science News receive compensation for recommending books or other products?

Science News is a affiliate and will earn a commission on purchases made from links within some articles. Our relationship with does not influence the selection of books for review or the review itself. 

About Science News

Who publishes Science News?

Science News is published by the Society for Science (formerly Science Service), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization located in Washington, D.C.

How often is Science News magazine published?

Science News magazine publishes 22 issues per year, including four double issues, in print and digital editions. Our website features daily news, and you can subscribe to receive weekly e-mails with the latest headlines.

Contact the Editors

How do I send a letter to the editor or comment on a recent article?

You can reach our editors via e-mail ( or send a letter to:

Editor, Science News
1719 N Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

How do I submit a book for review?

Please send books to be considered for review by Science News via e-mail at or to:

Editorial Assistant
Science News
1719 N Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Please include “Book Review” in the subject line.

Book review policy: We will only consider books if they have been published in the current calendar year, or within two months of when the book is submitted. Please send review copies only of books, no more than six weeks after release. If the book is chosen for review, the book publisher will be sent two copies of the relevant Science News issue by regular mail.