ISSFAL Membership FAQs

Member Benefits

  • Cutting-Edge Research: Gain exclusive access to the latest research and advancements in the field of fatty acids and lipids. Stay ahead of the curve with insights from leading experts, groundbreaking studies, and emerging trends.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow researchers, clinicians, industry professionals, and policymakers from around the world in our Online Member Directory or at one of our events! Forge valuable collaborations, share insights, and expand your professional network at our annual meetings, workshops, and online forums.
  • Professional Development: Elevate your expertise with access to educational resources, training programs, and career development opportunities. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your journey, ISSFAL provides the tools and support to help you thrive in your field. Check out the Society Awards and Congress Grants.
  • Global Impact: Make a difference on a global scale by contributing to research and initiatives aimed at promoting health and combating disease. Your membership supports our mission to advance scientific knowledge and improve public health outcomes worldwide.
  • Exclusive Member Resources: Enjoy member-only benefits, including access to our comprehensive database, PLEFA publications, Lipids Online webinars, and discounts on our biennial Congresses and educational materials. Stay informed, inspired, and empowered to make a meaningful impact in your work.

How to join ISSFAL?

Membership is annual and runs from January 1 to December 31 of every year in which dues are paid. Join today by completing the application form here

How to renew?

Membership is annual and runs from January 1 to December 31 of every year in which dues are paid. Each December ISSFAL closes membership for the current year and opens membership for the following year. Current members can renew their membership by one of the options below.

1. Online

Pay the invoice directly in your renewal email from ISSFAL with a credit card OR you can sign in to your profile here and click "renew".
*If you are having issues renewing online, please contact Membership at [email protected].

2. By Check

Please make checks out to ISSFAL and send to the mailing address below. 

International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL)
7929 Eastern Avenue #1141
Baltimore, MD 21224
United States

Access to PLEFA

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS for Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids

To assist you to gain your online access, please follow the instructions below:

1. If you have not already done so, you will first be required to register. (If you have completed the registration please go to step 2 below. If you need to check your access status to the journal, skip to Step 3 below).

- Please go to: and click on the Register link at the top right of your screen.
- Complete your details in the ‘Print Subscribers’ section and make a note of your new password, click the ‘Continue’ link.
- Complete your profile information.
- Check the box on the right to indicate you have read the user agreement and select the ‘Continue’ link.
- Enter your publication, select the ‘Yes’ button to activate your online access then click the ‘Continue’ link.
- If you are a society member, click ‘Yes’ and select your society: International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids
- You then need to enter your e-mail address as your Member/ Account number and your last name. Click ‘Continue’ and you will now have activated your online access.

2. If you have already registered, please go to and login with your registered user details then select your journal page.

- You will see a page that says 'To read this article in full you will need to make a payment'. 
- Select 'Already a print subscriber? Claim online access'
- Check the box next to 'I receive my subscription through a society membership'
- You then will enter your e-mail address as your Member/ Account number and your name last name.
- Click ‘Activate Claim’ and you will now have activated your online access.

3. To check if you have already claimed access to the Journal follow the steps below. 

Please go to and login with your registered user details. 
- Click on your name in the top right of the page. 
- Select 'My Access' from the drop down menu.
- Sample screenshot for a member with an active membership:

Sample screenshot for a member with an inactive membership:

 My Account access page with no current access


- If you do not have any active journal subscriptions, please follow step 2 above. 

Still have questions or need help? Contact Elsevier Customer Support at [email protected]

Updates or Changes to Membership

Need to update contact information or new affiliation?
Please login to your profile here and update your information, please make sure to save your changes. 

If the answer to your question isn’t here, please contact us!


Contact ISSFAL Administration at [email protected]