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 overseas members the options to receive the journal promptly and to avoid the postage contribution payment. Some members, whether overseas or UK resident, may welcome the potential for alternative journal storage that this will provide. (Scroll down for further details regarding arrangements for UK members.)
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.
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.
Please select the E-journal option either to commence or to continue receiving E-journals instead of hard copies.
Members who are part way through their membership term can also register for the scheme by emailing the Membership Secretary. For overseas members who have previously paid a postage contribution for hard copies, the next renewal date will be extended by one month in respect of each journal issue remaining in the member’s membership period. Because of potential difficulties in processing refunds of postage contributions already paid, especially in respect of non-recent payments, this will not be an option.
Receiving E-journal copies
Registered members will need to go online to obtain their copies as they become available. Using the ‘E-journal’ option on the same Society site as used for membership purposes (at www.ngsjoin.com), it will be possible to ‘purchase’ (at nil cost), or request by email (copy and paste), each edition as it becomes available. This method will allow the Society to easily check the ‘purchaser’s’ membership and registration status, and, if provided by the member by using the ‘purchase’ option, update his/her details on our membership database. A link and password enabling the download of a PDF copy of the journal, combined with the newsletter, from the NGS website, will then be emailed to the member.
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 PDF will become accessible shortly thereafter.
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.
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 an overseas 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
Society members resident in the UK who, on renewing their membership, opt to receive their journals in electronic format, or who are already receiving their journals in that format, will have their new membership period extended by two months in respect of a 1-year application, or by six months for 3 years. However, w.e.f. end April 2021, this arrangement will cease, and at the end of June, 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.
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.