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Join AFS/Sign In
Why should I join AFS? What are the membership rates?
Should I use Join AFS or Sign In?
Use Join AFS only if you have never been a member of AFS before, or if your membership expired before August 31, 2010. If you are a current member, or your membership has expired since August 31, 2010, you should use Sign In. Those whose membership has lapsed at any point since then will be greeted upon signing in with a path to membership renewal. If you're not sure which case applies to you, try "Sign In" first, and resort to "Join AFS" only if that path fails.
How do I sign in if I have forgotten my password or username?
You can reset your password if you know which email address you provided as your primary email address. Use the "Forgot your password?" link on the Sign In screen. You will need to provide your username or your email address. An e-mail will be sent to that address, which will include a link that you can use to reset your password. However, if you don't know your username, you may not be able to sign in; contact the AFS office by phone (614-292-4715) or email; AFS staff can remind you of your username and/or email address, or reset your password as you direct. Once you have successfully signed in, you can revise your username or password yourself with "Edit Bio" under "Manage Profile" in the Profile menu.
Do I have to Join AFS in order to use the AFS website?
Yes and no. You do not have to register as an AFS member, and pay AFS member dues. You do, however, have to click on Join AFS to "join" the AFS website as a Web Only member; you will create a username and password linked to a Profile, all of which you will need to participate in the online community. Registration as a Web Only member is free, but must be renewed annually.Renewal
receive renewal reminders?
My membership has lapsed. How do I renew online?
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Who can access my Member Profile?
Member profiles are visible only to AFS members.
Section Only and Web Only members have their own Profiles, which may be viewed by AFS members, but they can't see the Profiles of AFS members unless they are "connected." AFS members must initiate or accept such connections for the connections to go into effect. Sign in to manage Connections in your Profile menu.
How do I edit my Profile?
Sign in, then use the Edit Bio icon that appears under "Manage Profile" in the Profile menu.
Please remember that you should provide contact information so that AFS may reach you; complete mailing information is necessary to receive the Journal of American Folklore. However, you can choose which information will display to other users of the website with the tick boxes next to the contact information fields.
You can make yourself more accessible to other AFS members by keeping your contact information current, and completing the searchable fields concerned with areas of interest, education and experience.
How do I add my photo to my Profile?
How do I make "My Bio" appear instead of "My Feeds"?
Sign in, then edit your Preferences: untick the box for the last item in the list, "Turn on my wall." Be sure to click on "Save my settings" at the bottom of the screen. To find Preferences, click on Manage Profile in the Profile menu, then find Preferences under "Information and Settings."
In my Preferences, what does "Subscribe Newsletter" mean?
A "newsletter" is an email containing all the activity from one day in a forum. You will not receive a newsletter unless you "Subscribe to Digest" for an Open or Group Forum.
The control at the bottom of your Preferences page is a global switch that enables or disables your subscriptions to Open Forums or your private Group forums; it can be used to over-ride all of your subscription settings in one move. So, if you have multiple forum subscriptions, and want to turn them all off, you could use this switch. Furthermore, to receive all of your individual subscriptions, this must be turned on. However, this does not in fact subscribe you to any particular forum -- to subscribe to any forum, public or private, you have to use "subscribe" on the forum pages themselves. See Forums.
How do I find receipts for payments that I have made on the AFS website?
Sign in, then click on Manage Profile in the Profile menu. Scroll down to "Account History" at the bottom of the screen.
Who can use the Member Directory?
The directory includes listings of Section Only and Web Only members as well as members of AFS, but only members of AFS can access the listings.
How do I find the Directory?
Click on Member Services in the main menu; then on Membership Directory in the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can use the link you will find in the footer of each page.
How do I find an individual in the Directory?
Sign in. Enter the first or last name of the person you're looking for in the Search field.
How do I find a group of members?
If you want to find groups of members--for example, all members who live in Illinois, or all members who are part of the Folk Belief and Religious Folklife interest-group section of AFS--use the Advanced Search option on the Member Directory Search page.
How do I find a member's email address?
Once the search returns results, you can hover over a name to see a small window containing a snap-shot of the person's profile, including links to send a message within the AFS website. In this view, you will not see an email address. However, if you click on the name to go straight to the member's profile, you are likely to see the member's email address on their Bio under their name. Note: Members control the information that is displayed in their profile: some members may choose not to list email addresses; other members' profiles lead with the "wall," in which case you should click on the "bio" tab.
Where do I find more information about AFS section activities and membership?
What online tools are available to AFS sections?
How do I find the private pages specific to my sections or discussion groups?
What is the difference between a section and a discussion group?
Do I have to be a member of AFS to be a member of a section or discussion group?
How do I join a Section?
How do I join Sections, but not AFS?
How do I join a discussion group, but not AFS or AFS Sections?
I am a member of AFS Sections. How do I renew Sections online?
Why do you call the Section renewal tool the "online store"?
How do I create a new Section or discussion group?
I'm a Section Convener. How do I submit my annual report?
Who are the AFS Fellows?
Journal of American Folklore
Where can I find information about the Journal?
Go to the JAF page, which can be found under About AFS/Publications in the main menu. The page contains information about how to make submissions, obtain back issues, seek permission to reprint, subscribe, advertise, and gain online access.
How do I access JAF issues from 2001 through the present via Project MUSE?
Project MUSE access to JAF is a benefit of AFS membership. Current members may access Project MUSE by using this link, which will lead to AFS Sign In (unless you are already signed in), then the JAF index in Project MUSE. You can also find the member's link to Project MUSE in the main menu under Member Services/Other Member Services.
How do I access JSTOR’s fully-searchable digital journals?
If you are affiliated with a research library, you may already have access to JSTOR. If not, AFS members may purchase a subscription to JSTOR's back issues of four of the world's major English-language folklore journals: Folklore, the Journal of American Folklore, the Journal of Folklore Research, and Western Folklore. This renewable 12-month subscription, which is available through AFS only to AFS members, may be purchased in the online store for $15/year.
Once your subscription payment is processed, AFS sends your subscriber information to JSTOR; JSTOR customer support will send log in instructions directly to you. If you have trouble with your JSTOR subscription, you may contact JSTOR customer support or AmericanFolkloreSociety@gmail.com; AFS staff will forward your inquiry to JSTOR.
I'm interested in OpenFolklore's "Gray Literature"; I've been directed by the OpenFolklore page to the IUScholarWorks Repository. Now how do I go about browsing the collection?
We have prepared instructions for finding syllabi in the Teaching Resources Collection; the procedure is the same for all the collections in IUScholarWorks.
The Folklore Commons
How do I submit an event?
Email a detailed description to AmericanFolkloreSociety@gmail.com.
How do I receive notification of new events?
There are three ways to stay in touch with new calendar events:
Who can use the Career Center?
Any site visitor can post and search job openings, find potential candidates, and subscribe to new posting notifications. Only AFS members who have signed in may post a CV or view others' CVs.
How do I use the Career Center?
The Career Center page provides basic instructions for use.
How do I receive notification of new openings?
Click on the green check mark labelled "Subscribe" in the Career Center tool bar. You will receive email notification of new postings. When you subscribe, you will be asked to specify the categories you would like to follow.How do I know if I have successfully subscribed? How do I unsubscribe?
The green "Subscribe" check mark icon on the first page of the Career Center never changes, whether you are subscribed or not. If you are subscribed, when you click on it, you will see tick marks next the categories you previously selected. To unsubscribe, sign in, then click the same "Subscribe" link and uncheck all the boxes; click "Save My Preferences."
What is a Forum?
A forum is a threaded, online group discussion. The site distinguishes between "forums" and "topics": there are multiple forums in the site, each dedicated to specific interests and in some cases specific audiences; within each forum there may be one or more "topics." So, for instance, the Cite Unseen forum on the Open Forums page has many topics.
Who can participate in the Forums?
There are two kinds of Forums in the site, though the forum tools covered in this section work the same for either:
How do I start a new forum?
Email its name and a sentence or two of description to Lorraine Walsh Cashman for Open Forums, or to your group administrator for group forums.
How do I start a new topic in an existing forum?
Click on the forum name, then on the "Post New Topic" icon at the top of the list of topics.
How do I contribute to existing topics?
Use the "Post Reply" icon at the top of the list of topics, or the link to "reply" to the last post; either way, your posting will be added at the bottom of the thread. If you want to reply to a specific comment in a previous message, use the "quote" link on the message you want to highlight. You may edit your own posts after submitting them. Only a site administrator can delete messages; contact AmericanFolkloreSociety@gmail.com if you believe a message should be removed.
How do I format/edit my post?
The text editor tool is the same as for Custom Pages (see below); it has buttons for common layout features (indent, bullets, bold, etc.).
I would like to receive email notifications of new posts to a Forum. How do I do that?
Click on any given Forum, like "Exhibitions, Lectures and Performances: Northeast" or "Exhibitions, Lectures and Performances: South," and then, at the top of that Forum page, click on the green check mark labelled "Subscribe to Instant Updates." You will receive an email with a link to the post every time a new topic is added. Alternatively, you can "Subscribe to Digest," which will send a message once a day with all of the day's posts. In either case, you will not receive email notice of replies to the original posts.
If you want to follow discussion of any given topic, click on the topic, then "Subscribe to Instant Updates" (or "Subscribe to Digest") again. In this case, you will receive email notification of all replies to the original post.
How can I tell which forums or topics I've subscribed to?Custom Pages
Sign in; scroll down the Manage Profile page to click on the Subscriptions icon under Community. You can view a list of your subscriptions to site blogs and forums. You can use this page to unsubscribe as well.
How do I unsubscribe?
You can follow the subscription process in reverse (a red x appears in the Forum toolbar after you have subscribed; click on that to unsubscribe from specific forums or topics). Alternatively, you can use your Profile to review and manage all of your subscriptions at once: click here; or sign in, then scroll down the Manage Profile page to click on the Subscriptions icon under Community.
How do I edit a page?
Some pages, including all the pages in the Folklore Wiki, can be edited by members. If so, you will see an "edit this page" button in the top right after you have signed in. When you click on that, you'll get a text editor. The top of the screen has page configuration information that you should leave alone, but below that is a text box with what will probably be fairly familiar looking tools (indent, bullets, bold, etc.).
How do I add a page?AFS Review
Email text and instructions to Associate Director Lorraine Walsh Cashman. Include the page title, and details about its links to other pages.
Alternatively, you can edit this blank page. If you use this method, it is essential that you:
What is the AFS Review?
The AFS Review publishes a wide range of materials, including essays, notes, queries, as well as all the materials once included in the AFS Newsletter (news, reports, job postings, program listings, etc.). The goal of the AFSR is to give us a place to reflect, revise, or refine on the things we do every day that actually instantiate folklore studies in the world, by providing a space to capture the conversations that are already taking place, in various forms of communication, among and by practicing folklorists. The review is edited by Sally Van de Water.
The Review is a publication of AFS which resides within the AFS website (afsnet.org): the latest headlines from the AFS Review appear on the AFS homepage as "New in the AFS Review." Items in the AFS Review have stable urls, and are indexed in order of publication date within each Review category.
How do I submit to the AFS Review?
Please send all AFS Review submissions--including announcements of all kinds, as well as essays, notes and queries, etc.--to the American Folklore Society. AFS will post news items, and forward essays, etc., to the AFS Review editor.
How do I find items that were published in the AFS Review?
Browse chronologically by Review category, or use the site-wide community search box to search for key terms.
Can I receive/discontinue notification of new posts to the AFS Review?
You will receive notification of updates to the AFS Review if you click on the RSS icon in the upper right corner of the AFS Review screen, then "Subscribe to this feed." The kind of notification you will receive depends on how you manage RSS feeds; likewise, discontinuing your RSS feed depends on your RSS Reader. CNET offers a useful review of RSS Readers.
Currently, AFS sends an email digest of all posts in the AFS Review every two weeks, or more often if necessary. Please contact us if you would prefer not to receive that email, or sign in, go to Edit Bio in the Profile menu, and look for "Receive AFS Review Digest?" under "Other Information"; tick "No."
Watch a video demonstration of the proposal process:
The video depicts the 2012 version of the proposal forms, but the process is exactly the same for the 2013 meeting.
Look for the current annual meeting page under About AFS/Annual Meeting in the main menu. The 2013 Annual Meeting page contains links to all posted information about the annual meeting. As new information is posted over time, new links will be added. For a short cut, click on the 2013 Annual Meeting image in our homepage slideshow.
How do I submit a proposal for the annual meeting?
Complete instructions are available; see Submitting an Online Proposal. At the bottom of the page is a link to the proposal forms when you are "ready to begin." Before you begin, read the entire page about submitting an online proposal, and follow the link to the checklist for the type of proposal you want to submit.
How are proposals selected for the upcoming meeting?
Read about the Annual Meeting Review Process.
How will I know if my proposal is accepted?
We will send email notifications of the review committee's decisions by early-June, and post a preliminary program by mid-June.
Where can I find my registration receipt?
Sign in. In the Profile menu, click on Manage Profile, then scroll down to Account History. You will find a record of your registration form under Event Registrations, and, if you registered online, a receipt for your registration fee payment under "Orders."
How do I withdraw my registration/withdrawal?
Contact us as soon as you know that you will not attend. We will refund your registration fee if you withdraw before August 31. If you are scheduled to participate in a panel, please notify the chair as well.
Annual Meeting Troubleshooting
I've already registered for the annual meeting, but I didn't successfully submit my proposal. Now, I want to submit my proposal, but the site requires that I register again. What should I do?
I'm in the middle of the proposal sequence. I've completed the first page, but when I hit continue, I see the same page again. Why are there redundant pages?
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I can't remember my username and/or password.
You can reset your password if you know which email address you provided as your primary email address. Use the "Forgot your password?" link on the Sign In screen. You will need to provide your username or your email address. An e-mail will be sent to that address, which will include a link that you can use to reset your password. However, if you don't know your username, you may not be able to sign in; contact the AFS office by phone (614-292-4715) or email. AFS staff can remind you of your username and/or email address, or reset your password as you direct. Once you have successfully signed in, you can revise your username or password yourself with "Edit Bio" under "Manage Profile" in the Profile menu.
I tried to reset my password, but I never got the email with the link.
The password reset message is typically sent within a minute, two at the most.
The most likely explanation for not receiving the message is that your email program identified our message as junk or spam; check your spam folder.
If the message isn't in your spam folder, there may be a problem with the primary email address associated with your profile. It may be a different account, or there may be a typo in our records. If you don't get the email, contact the AFS office by phone (614-292-4715) or email.
If you have overpaid, contact the AFS office by phone (614-292-4715) or email; tell us which category you should have. We will immediately issue a credit to your credit card for the difference. If you have underpaid, you can re-register in the correct category, submitting a second payment. Email us about the error, and we will void or immediately refund the incorrect charge.
I've followed instructions for joining AFS or AFS Sections, but I can't sign in or access my groups.
Have you received confirmation that your membership has been approved? Joining AFS online is not instantaneous; further administrative work is required by AFS staff which might take as much as a week to complete. You will receive an email that confirms your membership has been approved when your account is accessible.
If you have received that confirmation but still can't sign in or access groups, please contact us.
I'm receiving too many email notifications about what people are doing on the website, like updating their profiles.
Sign in; click on Preferences under Manage Profile in the Profile menu. Use the tick boxes to select only the notifications that you do want to receive; click on "Save my Settings."
I signed up for instant updates to a forum, but I'm not receiving email notification of replies to postings.
Most likely, you have subscribed to instant updates for a forum; this has the effect of sending you an email notification whenever anyone adds a new topic. However, if you want to receive notification of replies to any topic, you must also subscribe to instant updates or the digest for the topic itself (see Forums).
I'm receiving redundant email notifications of things like new events and/or job openings. How can I eliminate the redundancies?
AFS staff members post notices of new calendar events and job openings to the AFS Review, and send a bi-weekly email message to all members with recent posts to the AFS Review. If you want to receive only one kind of notification of all events, you should follow the news in the AFS Review.
There are distinct subscription mechanisms for the Calendar, Career Center, and the AFS Review.
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