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PainScience.com has never been a non-profit website, but it has always been an idealistic, low-profit website, a small business that earns me just enough to take care of my family. The site is entirely reader-supported by book sales, memberships, and donations (and never any ads, ever, because modern internet advertising is super gross). If you value this resource, please consider a membership — you’ll support a fine source of high quality health science journalism, keeping it ad-free and independent… and you’ll get extra content for your money.

~ Paul Ingraham, PainScience publisher
Vancouver, Canada

Cancelling membership is easy, and will stop future charges.

Membership benefits

More benefits coming soon

The membership program launched in December 2021, and is critical for the future of the website. It got a start last summer with the premium newsletter, and I worked hard through the fall to create other benefits for paying subscribers — making it more of a membership than “just” an excellent newsletter subscription. Here are some other benefits I am considering. These are definitely not guaranteed yet! But at least a couple of them are almost certain to happen, and quite soon.

No refunds! 🙂

While I do offer refunds for books (and always have), I do not offer membership refunds. Membership is supportive patronage with good perks, not a satisfaction-guaranteed “product.” Please vote with your dollars for good science journalism with conviction! If the content turns out not to be a good fit for you, please just cancel and consider your money well-spent on a good cause.

If you aren’t cool with that up front, it’s not a good match anyway.

Is membership for patients or professionals? Both!

The editorial policy of PainScience.com is to only publish content that can be easily understood and enjoyed by anyone: any kind of professional, or any keen patient. Obviously some content skews a little more one way or the other, but basically it’s all for everyone — and pros always have the option of reading further, or delving into more footnotes.

I could easily justify a more expensive membership for pros, and I might create a pro tier someday. But for now the price is set deliberately at a level that is in the middle: less than I could ask from pros, and maybe a touch high for patients, but just fine for my favourite kind of readers in either category.