I am the second author of three, and the only one who does not have an active membership. I have little need for the other services provided by IEEE, as I already have access to XPLORE through my work.

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    Are you certain that you aren't a member? If you've gone to an IEEE conference within the last year, you're probably a member because they tend to make membership+registration cheaper than non-member registration.
    – jakebeal
    Mar 2 '16 at 19:22
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    @jakebeal, maybe, maybe not. My university refuses to pay professional society membership dues even if it saves on total conference attendance costs which they are paying. This may be a funding agency rule at some agencies in the US, or it may be local to my university. I do not know.
    – Bill Barth
    Mar 2 '16 at 19:34
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    @BillBarth Interesting: for most people I know it is standard to put it as part of their conference costs, which I suspect is why IEEE does it that way.
    – jakebeal
    Mar 2 '16 at 20:04
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    @jakebeal, my research indicates that NSF is vague on allowing this and NIH explicitly allows it. It may be a local rule.
    – Bill Barth
    Mar 2 '16 at 20:07

Nope, and I doubt anyone would notice or care.

Everyone can be a member, all it takes is a bit of money.

  • I've never understood why people say "Member, IEEE" after their name on some papers. All it means is that they paid the fee.
    – Thomas
    Mar 3 '16 at 2:54
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    @ThomasS It wouldn't surprise me if it was started/encouraged by IEEE. Mar 3 '16 at 2:56
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    @ThomasS you usually see it in Journal publications and it is the standard of presenting authors "Name, IEEE rank". Also the 'Student, Graduate and Member" ranks are a simple subscription but certainly 'Senior Members' and especially 'Fellow' ranks show recognition and contribution to the profession and the EE society.
    – o4tlulz
    Mar 3 '16 at 12:21

As mentioned, I doubt anyone cares, except if you or co-authors are Fellows, then it'll carry some weight. It might convey the following message: the paper has been vetted and informally approved by esteemed member(s) of the IEEE and therefore all reviewers+editor should accept the paper with a grain of salt.

  • "a grain of salt" means read cautiously and without trusting the authors completely, which is the opposite of the rest of your answer. Mar 13 '16 at 5:18

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