Any institution is eligible to apply for membership to the idw scientific information service if it can present evidence that
In order to ensure a high quality standard, members are exclusively permitted to publish scientific content originating from their own institution. Any and all commercial content is prohibited.
If you are interested in becoming an idw member, please contact the idw team. To check your qualification for membership, we need conclusive information about your institution – such as links to your website, press releases or your current statutes. We want to get an idea of your institution’s main fields of activity. Please send this information with your request to check your qualifications to email@example.com. The qualification check normally takes about two weeks.
If idw accepts your institution, your press relations officer and/or his/her deputy will receive introductory instructions by telephone on how to use the idw system. We will enter your institution in the idw membership directory with the contact details of your press office. Finally, the newly admitted institution will sign a declaration of idw membership containing the contractual conditions of cooperation.
The annual membership fees depend on the type of member institution:
From the date of acceptance to the end of the following month, every new member is welcome to test the idw without restrictions and completely free of charge. During this trial period, the membership can be terminated at any time with immediate effect and without stating reasons. After the end of the trial period, termination of idw membership is only possible to the end of a financial year (effective 31 December in each case). The notice of termination must be given in writing and be received by idw at the latest by 31 October of the financial year.
By joining idw, the member institutions undertake, among other things,
You can combine search terms with and, or and/or not, e.g. Philo not logy.
You can use brackets to separate combinations from each other, e.g. (Philo not logy) or (Psycho and logy).
Coherent groups of words will be located as complete phrases if you put them into quotation marks, e.g. “Federal Republic of Germany”.
You can also use the advanced search without entering search terms. It will then follow the criteria you have selected (e.g. country or subject area).
If you have not selected any criteria in a given category, the entire category will be searched (e.g. all subject areas or all countries).