Electronic journals

The Society has set up a scheme whereby members can register to receive their journal electronically via the internet, instead of as a hard copy by post.  This will give members the options to avoid the postage contribution payment and, especially for overseas members, to receive the journal more promptly.  Some members, whether overseas or UK resident, may welcome the potential for alternative journal storage that this will provide.

Registering for E-journals

On joining or renewal

The ‘Join’ and ‘Renew’ categories in the Society membership/shop website at www.ngsjoin.com have been updated to cater for either of the journal formats.

On joining

Please select the E-journal option. Links for the current journal (which forms part of the New Member’s Pack) will be emailed to the applicant, and the handbook and membership card will follow by post.

On renewal

Please select the E-journal option either to commence or to continue receiving E-journals instead of hard copies.

Mid term

Members who are part way through their membership term can also register for the scheme by emailing the Membership Secretary.  For members who have previously paid a postage contribution for hard copies, the next renewal date will be extended in accordance with the ratio of the value of any outstanding postage contribution to the basic subscription rate.

Receiving E-journals

Registered members will receive by email the link and password for each issue as it becomes available.

The attention of members is drawn to the ‘Journal Publication Dates’ page at https://ngaugesociety.org/publication-dates/ on the Society website which indicates, inter alia, the anticipated mailing date of the next journal.  The E-journal links will be sent shortly thereafter (see previous paragraph).

Additional notes

Occasional one-off copies

As an enhancement to the scheme, one-off online copies will be available to members who, although receiving hard copies by post in the normal way, might require one for whatever reason.  This will incur a token payment of £1, to cover administration costs, and will be avaiable at www.ngsjoin.com.

Withdrawal from the scheme

An E-journal registered member wishing to revert to receiving hard copies will need to advise the Membership Secretary accordingly, either by making the request when renewing or, if in mid-term, by email.  In respect of any member wishing to withdraw mid-term, the required remaining postage contribution can be made either by ‘Sundry payment’ to the Society, or by reduction of the current membership term, as agreed at the time with the Membership Secretary.

UK members and E-journals

After the end of June 2021, following additional Covid-induced increases in postage rates, a small annual postage contribution will be introduced for UK members opting to receive their journals by post.  Overseas postage contributions will also increase at the same time.  Members registering for E-journals will not be required to pay this contribution.


Viewing the PDFs

The Journal PDFs are set up in single page mode.  For those using Adobe Acrobat to view them, see the following:

Directions to allow a single-page PDF to be viewed in double-page mode – to allow a centre-page spread, or any other spread, to be seen in full.

See the screen shot below – select the settings “View” (from the top menu bar), then “Page Display”, then tick “Two Page Viewing”.

This shows two pages side by side, but always with the odd numbered page on the left, which breaks cross-page images, therefore also tick “Show cover page in Two Page View” , which puts even numbered pages on the left.

Ticking “Two Page Scrolling” allows the whole journal to be viewed in spread mode.

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