Membership

Frequently asked questions and answers about OSA's Membership.

Terms of 1, 3, 5, or 10 years and lifetime memberships are available. Membership information and enrollment/renewal forms are available online.

Visit OSA Publishing's Digital Library (formerly Optics InfoBase) and click on “Log In.” You will be prompted to login using your email address and your OSA password. (Note: If you do not know your password, you can reset it online.) New users will be asked to agree to the terms of the “OSA User Agreement.” If you are a returning subscriber, once you login, you will have access to your 50 downloads from OSA Publishing's Digital Library, OPN Online, Optics Express and any additional journals you may have purchased.

To access OPN online, please visit the OPN online website. You will be prompted to login using your email address and your OSA password. (Note: If you do not know your password, you can reset it online.)

To access “Physics Today” online you must first activate an account by responding to an email from scitationmail.org.  The email is sent shortly after you join OSA. For further assistance with accessing Physics Today, contact AIP directly by email: help@scitation.org or phone: +1 516.576.2664.

There are several ways to opt-out of receiving text messages from OSA:

  1. Reply STOP to a text message.
  2. Visit the Login page ("Login" access is located at the top blue bar of every page). Once logged in, click on the “Contact Information” tab followed by the “Edit” button in the “Communication Preferences” section to opt-out of text messages.
  3. Contact OSA Customer Service at +1.202.416.1907 (Worldwide). Our staff replies to messages within one business day.

OSA Industry Development Associate Members access unique R&D reports and a worldwide network of industry professionals to make new business contacts, connect with current customers, and establish innovative partnerships. Visit OIDA web site to view benefits and to join online. Contact OIDA Membership at: oida@osa.org or: +1.202.416.1474.

Once you sign up for automatic renewals, OSA will charge the credit card you provide before your membership expires.  You will receive at least two reminders from OSA prior to this transaction. Your membership renewal will be the same as your current membership option and you will be charged at the then current rate*. Your membership will continue to renew unless you cancel.

*After five consecutive years, Early Career Members are transitioned to Individual Membership.

To edit your information, visit the Login page ("Login" access is located at the top blue bar of every page). Once logged in, click on the “My Address” tab followed by the “Edit” button in the name and address information box to edit your contact information. Alternatively, you may submit a Help Ticket or call OSA at: +1 202.416.1907. Our staff replies to messages within one business day.

There are several ways to join or renewal OSA membership.  Please visit the Membership section of the website for details.

Visit the Login page ("Login" access is located at the top blue bar of every page), click on the “Membership” tab and complete the certificate request form. Please allow at least 3-4 weeks for receipt of your personalized member certificate signed by the OSA CEO in the mail (timing varies by location).

Please submit a Help Ticket or contact OSA Customer Service at +1.202.416.1907 (Worldwide). Our staff replies to messages within one business day.

Members may sign up for automatic renewals during the online join and renew process. Members may also sign up by logging in on OSA.org, visiting “My Membership” and clicking on the “Automatic Renew?” option. You will then be given instructions to enter the credit card information you would like OSA to use for your renewal payment.

To edit your technical group affiliations, visit the Login page ("Login" access is located at the top blue bar of every page). Click the “My Profile” and then the “Edit” button in next to your “Technical Group” listing. Alternatively, you may submit a Help Ticket or call OSA at: +1 202.416.1907. Our staff replies to messages within one business day.

Please submit a Help Ticket or contact Customer Service by telephone at +1 202.416.1907. Our staff replies to messages within one business day.

Yes.  OSA accepts payments for automatic renewals made through American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa and debit cards with Visa/MasterCard logo.

OSA text messages provide updates on your membership and exclusive offers and opportunities.

To sign up, visit the Login page ("Login" access is located at the top blue bar of every page). Once logged in, click on the “Contact Information” tab followed by the “Edit” button in the “Communication Preferences” section to opt-in to receive text messages.

OSA text messages can be sent to members residing outside the United StatesStandard message and data rates will apply.

Individuals with a ten (10) year or greater record of professional and/or service accomplishment since the time of their first degree in an optics and/or optics related field are encouraged to apply for a Senior Member designation. If selected, individuals must have an active OSA Membership.

OSA Fellows are welcome to submit a designation request for Senior Membership.

Senior Member applications, including two brief endorsement statements from OSA Members, are due no later than February 28th of each year and are reviewed in May of that same year.

By choosing auto renewals, you authorize OSA to renew your membership automatically by charging your credit or debit card approximately 7 days before your membership’s expiration date. You will receive notification 60 days in advance of the transaction.

You may cancel this authorization by providing OSA written notice twenty 20 days prior to deduction or by visiting “My Membership” to change your auto-renew preference. Your membership will continue to renew automatically unless you cancel.

Message and data rates may apply. By opting in for text messaging, you consent to receive prerecorded SMS or text messages from OSA sent through an automated dialing system. Your consent for text messages is not a condition of membership. You may opt-out of text messages at any time by replying STOP to a text message or by logging into your OSA account and updating your preferences.

OSA Individual Members and Early Career Members are eligible for automatic renewals. 

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