There are two grades of membership – Full and Student.

Full membership is available to established phoneticians and acousticians with operational and/or academic interests in forensic applications of phonetics or acoustics. Student Membership is available to students undertaking a course in Higher Education in phonetics, acoustics or in a subject closely related to those disciplines.

Both types of membership include, by default, an online subscription to the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law.  All Members can upgrade this subscription to include a paper copy of the journal; student members can opt out of this subscription for a cheaper alternative.

Membership Applications

Membership applications are considered by the Executive Committee. Applications should be supported by two referees who are Full Members of the Association and who have knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications and work. Applicants must also submit by e-mail a copy of their curriculum vitae (which includes the following: degrees and awards, forensic interests and/or experience, affiliations to other professional associations, appointments, relevant publications and research interests).

Members are bound by the Association’s Constitution and Code of Practice. These should be read before submitting an application.

How to apply

Please e-mail membership enquiries to the Membership Secretary, Richard Rhodes, at

Annual Membership Rates

The rates for memberships are:

Full Membership including online journal subscription: £50
Full Membership including online and paper copy journal subscription: £70

Student Membership excluding journal subscription: £15
Student Membership including online journal subscription: £30
Student Membership including online and paper copy journal subscription: £45

Fees can be paid using a repeating subscription (you’ll need to set up a PayPal account), or members can make single payments for one or more years’ fees using PayPal or a credit/debit card.

Please do not pay a fee before completing your membership application.

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