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Renewal FAQs

We hope this page can answer any questions you may have about renewing your membership.

If you still need advice, or haven't received your renewal information, please email renewals@geolsoc.org.uk quoting your Membership number.

General queries

Membership renewal invitations are sent shortly after 13 October with details of existing subscriptions and membership option (e.g. Chartership)and how to pay.

  • Debit or credit card: if you pay by debit/credit card you will receive an email. The email will include details of how to access our secure members' portal (MyGSL), through which you can pay your fees using all major payment options. You can also make changes to your renewal within the portal.
  • Cash or cheque: if you pay by cash/cheque or require a paper renewal form, please contact renewals@geolsoc.org.uk.

If you have not received an email, please contact renewals@geolsoc.org.uk.

To notify us of any changes to an address or name, you can log in to the MyGSL portal and update your details.

We strongly advise you to renew before 20 December 2023, so that we can send you your membership card. Non-payers will not have access to most services after 31 December, and access to journals will stop after 31 March 2024.

In accordance with the Society's Bye-laws, the final deadline for renewals is 30 June 2024. Every Fellow has over eight months in which to pay the fees, and any Fellow who has not paid by that date is thereafter removed from Fellowship.

If you are unable to access the MyGSL portal, please first attempt to reset your password. Select 'Login', then 'Forgotten Password'.

Enter your email address and select 'Request Password Reset'. You will receive an email with instructions on how to set a new password.

Still unable to login? Please contact membership@geolsoc.org.uk to ensure that we have your correct email address on record.

Email the Society at membership@geolsoc.org.uk. If your payment method is Direct Debit, you should do this immediately so we can stop your instalment(s) from being collected.


Subscription queries

To make changes to your journal or subscription choices, please email membership@geolsoc.org.uk.

Fellows can sign up to receive emails alerting them to the publication of each new issue in the Lyell Collection.

Follow the instructions on the online journal alerts page for more information.

The Geological Society of London’s owned and co-owned journals moved to electronic-only publication from January 2021. This means that Journal of the Geological Society, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Petroleum Geoscience and Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis will cease appearing in print. Print copies will continue to be produced for other journal titles and books, including Geological Society of London Special Publications.

The popularity of the Society’s journals continues to increase and the restrictions of a print-led publication model are adversely impacting the service and experience for authors. The removal of print will be accompanied by a move to a continuous publication model that will allow the authoritative version of articles to be published more quickly. Alongside modernisation of the Society’s publications and improvements to author service, there are compelling environmental reasons to cease printing journals and so help to reduce the Society’s carbon footprint.

We appreciate that this might be disappointing to those Fellows who opt to pay for a print copy. Information on how to access your chosen online journal(s) can be found on our Fellows' access page.


Payment/Direct Debit queries

Yes, you will receive a receipt by email. This will normally be sent once your payment is processed, to the email address attached to your membership record.

You will need to pay for any amendments after renewal separately by card. These amendments will be saved in your Fellowship record and will be incorporated into your Direct Debit payment for next year's renewal.

You will need to complete and return a new Direct Debit form for the new account. Direct Debit payments start at the beginning of November, and any changes to an existing payment must be made by 15 November 2023.

You will need to contact the Membership team before 15 November 2023 to make any changes which will affect the amount due.

We are working towards aligning your first direct debit renewal payment to the start of your membership, which needs to be done in two stages. This year we will start collecting from 5 December. Next year this will again change to a later date. Details will be provided prior to renewals


Fee/concession queries

You may need to update your personal details in your MyGSL account to ensure that you do not receive an incorrect invoice. To update your personal details visit our information page .

You may also have been sorted into a new price category according to our Membership fee structure .

Fees for 2024 are calculated using your employment status and the year in which you completed your first degree in Earth sciences or related subject. Where we do not hold this information, we automatically apply the full membership fee (£240).

If the information we hold is incorrect, please add your correct details via the MyGSL portal.

You can find out more about fee categories on our fees page .

If you are retired and not offering services, you are eligible for a discount – To apply the discount, please update your employment status in MyGSL to ‘retired and not offering services’ before renewing your membership.

Our current fees for retired Fellows are:

  • Retired and not offering services are: £127.00
  • Retired and not offering services plus with 40 years continuous membership: £82.00

We may be able to help - please complete our concession request form.

Please contact renewals@geolsoc.org.uk.

Please add a note to tell us what you are studying, where you are studying (including the department), and the date you expect to finish.

If you are retired and no longer practising you may qualify for a reduced CGeol fee (£22).

Please update your employment status in MyGSL to 'to ‘Retired and not offering services’ before renewing your membership and the system will calculate the fee when you renew online..

If you are a Direct Debit payer, please email renewals@geolsoc.org.uk before 15 November 2023


Membership fee categories

At the AGM on 25 June 2021, Council approved the proposal to introduce new Fellowship categories for 2022. The new approach looks at a career-based categories model, rather than the previous age-based categories model. Initially proposed in April 2021, we have introduced these changes in response to the Fellowship Survey undertaken in 2018, the 2020 Strategic Options review and an online survey carried out in December 2020.

Our aim is to modernise the Society, reduce barriers and stimulate growth with the goal of becoming a fairer Society for all. For any further enquiries relating to your Fellowship fee please contact membership@geolsoc.org.uk.

These rates have been discontinued as most of the benefits are now available online and it ensures that the fees are applied fairly to all (overseas rates were only available to full fee-paying members living outside Europe).

Retired Fellows fees will no longer be automatically applied based on age. Fellows will be able to apply for the reduced retired fellows rate if they are retired and not offering services (on a professional level), irrespective of their age.

The demographics of our membership has changed over the last 20 years. Many people are graduating and starting employment later. Many more are changing careers, some are retiring early whilst others are working later, and so the old fee categories were failing to accommodate a growing number of people within our community. These new fee categories aim to address this and make it fairer. We appreciate that some may pay a higher fee than before, but these fees still represent great value.