Writing in The Scientist, Steven Wiley examines the merits of renewing his annual society memberships. Wiley writes that every year it comes time to pay society dues, he asks himself "should I bother?" In the past, he says, membership benefits were often tangible ― they arrived in the mail in the form of print journals and invitations to submit abstracts for annual meetings ― whereas now, many society publications are freely accessible online.

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