New membership options

We are pleased to announce several initiatives that members voted for at the 2021 annual general meeting.

Reduced fees for members from lower-income countries

We understand that the cost of membership can be an obstacle to joining for some regions and we are offering reduced membership fees to new and existing members in those regions. PLAIN aims to serve a diverse, representative membership community. We already connect members from over 30 countries with a high proportion of members located in higher-income countries.

We hope that this change will: 

  • enable broader access to plain language networks and resources for everyone 
  • give support to plain language movements around the world. 

We have based our determination on the World Bank index of GDP per capita, which divides the world into 3 zones.


World Bank description

Includes (not an exclusive list)

Zone 1

High-income countries

The United States, Canada, most of Europe, Australasia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea

Zone 2

Upper-middle income countries

Most of South America, Mexico, most of Asia, some of Europe, some Pacific Island and Caribbean nations

Zone 3

Low and lower-middle income countries

Most of Africa, some of Asia, some Pacific Island nations

Zone 2 country membership fees will be reduced to USD 40/year

Zone 3 country membership fees will be reduced to USD 25/year

The reduced fees will only apply to individual memberships and not to organizational, student, and group memberships. Fees for Zone 1 members will not change. 

Group memberships for organizations

Group membership enables organizations of various sizes to join PLAIN and provide the benefits of membership to a number of their employees or colleagues for less than the cost of each joining PLAIN individually.

We are offering 4 levels of group membership:

  • Tier 1 – $150/year, up to 5 members
  • Tier 2 – $250/year, up to 10 members
  • Tier 3 – $450/year, up to 20 members
  • Tier 4 – $700/year, unlimited members.

How does group membership compare to existing forms of membership? 

PLAIN currently offers two forms of organizational membership – Organizational and Enhanced Organizational membership. In both cases, the membership is a single membership – only allowing for one email address, one member identity, and one set of member benefits. By comparison, group membership allows a number of members of an organization to have all the benefits of individual membership. 

Automatic renewal of membership fees

Next time you renew your membership you will be asked to register for automatic renewal and provide your credit card details. This is a once-only process. From then on, your membership will be renewed automatically, based on the details you have provided. Members can end their membership any time by cancelling automatic renewal payment. Cancelling is easy and membership will continue up to the set renewal date. 


See our Membership types and benefits page for a full overview of all options for PLAIN membership.

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