Terms and Conditions

The following Terms govern use of the website res.org.uk (the ‘Website’). Please read them carefully because by registering with or visiting res.org.uk, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use.

res.org.uk is published by the Royal Economic Society (Office: Royal Economic Society Office, 2 Dean Trench Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3HE. UK. Company No. RC000472, Registered Charity No. 231508) (the ‘Society’ ‘We’). The following Terms and Conditions of Use, govern use by all users of the Website (each a ‘User’). Please read the following carefully because by using the Website you are irrevocably agreeing to fully abide by these Terms and Conditions of Use and the Privacy Notice.

Membership and events refund and cancellation policy

Payment of the relevant fee must be received by the Royal Economic Society, or its nominated agent, at, or within 21 days of application/registration. Where an event is within 21 days of registration and payment method is via invoice or cheque, payment will still be required even if you do not attend.

If payment is made by credit or debit card, the Royal Economic Society (RES) will use all reasonable endeavours to keep your credit or debit card details secure by the RES and/or its nominated agents appointed to process such payments on behalf of the RES. Please note that the RES complies with the standards set by Worldpay and Stripe. Any refunds made in accordance with these Terms shall be made by bank transfer only.


You may cancel your membership within 21 days of first paying your membership fee to the Royal Economic Society. You must give us written notice of cancellation (contact details below). In the event of cancellation within this period, we will refund your full membership fee, less a £10.00 administration fee, as long as you have not taken advantage of any membership benefits within the 21 day period. If this is the case, we cannot offer you a refund. Your membership will run for a 12 month period from the point you join or renew.

If you wish to change your membership grade (i.e. full, student, retired) you can do this from your next renewal date only. Please provide at least one month written notice of the change before your next renewal date (contact details below). If we do not receive one month notice, we cannot amend your membership grade until your next renewal date.

If your payment method is via invoice or cheque and we have not received your membership fees within 21 days we reserve the right to suspend your membership and all membership benefits.


You can register to attend an ‘Event’ (an Event may be in person or online) via our Website. This is known as a ‘Booking’.  In some instances, certain Events will only be available to Members of the RES. Where this is the case, this will be specified on the page for that Event on our Website.  A contract between the attendee and the RES will only be formed when we send you a booking confirmation by email and receive full payment from you (unless the Event is free of charge), in accordance with the below.

If the RES is unable to accept your Booking Request, for example if the Event has been overbooked, we will inform you of this by email and we will not charge you.

Refunds will not apply to any event/ event type, unless otherwise stated. You may transfer the registration into a colleague’s name, but must request this in writing to events@res.org.uk at least three working days before the start of the event.

The fee for an Event (the ‘Fee’) will be displayed on our Website. Fees exclude VAT which will be charged in addition unless otherwise indicated.

Substitution of attendee: Appropriate substitutions may be made (unless otherwise stated).  All requests must be in writing to events@res.org.uk at least three working days before the start of the event. If you wish to substitute an attendee, please contact the RES as soon as possible.

Joining instructions: You will receive an email from the RES with joining instructions in advance of the event.

The RES regularly films large parts of the Conference and other events for wider dissemination. It is asumed that those attending the RES Conference (whether in person or online) have no objection to being included in photography or video of the Event. Any attendee who explicitly wishes not to be included in any photography or video should contact the RES organisers at events@res.org.uk. We will then seek to edit the photography or video footage accordingly.

Cancellation and changes 

Changes to the Event: The RES reserves the right to make alterations to the programme, date and/or venue of the Event at any time without prior notice, but will make all reasonable endeavours to communicate this to participants.  Attendees are responsible for ensuring their delegate booking information is correct and up to date. 

Cancellation by you – Bookings cancelled more than ten working days prior to the start of the Event will be refunded in full using the same method of payment. Bookings cancelled within 10 working days of the start of the Event will not be refunded. All cancellations, by individuals or groups, must be given in writing (by letter or email) to the RES.

Cancellation by the RES – The RES reserves the right to cancel an Event at any time and at its sole discretion. In the case of such cancellation, the RES will refund any Fees paid, direct to the attendee upon proof of purchase. This refund will be the full extent of the RES’s liability to the attendee arising from such cancellation.  In the event of cancellation, the RES will use reasonable endeavours (email) to alert those who have booked to attend an Event, and details of any cancellation will be posted on our Website. Attendees are responsible for checking this information before the Event.

Events outside of our control

The RES shall not be liable for the delay or cancellation of an Event where this is caused by a Force Majeure Event. A Force Majeure Event is any circumstance outside our reasonable control and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • acts of God, flood, drought, earthquake or other natural disaster;
  • epidemic or pandemic;
  • terrorist attack, civil war, civil commotion or riots, war, threat of or preparation for war, armed conflict, imposition of sanctions, embargo, or breaking off of diplomatic relations;
  • nuclear, chemical or biological contamination or sonic boom;
  • any law or any action taken by a government or public authority, including without limitation imposing an export or import restriction, quota or prohibition;
  • collapse of buildings, fire, explosion or accident;
  • any labour or trade dispute, strikes, industrial action or lockouts; and
  • interruption or failure of utility service.

Should We be prevented, hindered or delayed in or from performing any of our obligations under these Terms, our performance will be deemed to be suspended for the period that the Force Majeure Event continues. We will use our reasonable endeavours to find a solution by which our obligations under these Terms may be performed despite the Force Majeure Event. If the Force Majeure Event persists and We are required to cancel the Event, the RES cancellation policy will apply.

Online Events

The RES may choose to hold an Event fully or partially hosted online (an ‘Online Event’). Online Events include, but are not limited to, webinars and virtual conferences.

The RES reserves the right to change an in-person Event (meaning a conference, seminar or course) to an Online Event if advice from the authorities suggests doing so (for example, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic). Attendees, speakers and exhibitors will be notified by email of any changes as soon as possible. If an attendee can no longer attend the Event, then the RES cancellation policy will apply.

The RES uses third party online platforms to host our Online Events. We are not liable for problems that occur as a result of use of such platforms. By registering for an Online Event, you agree to abide by the relevant online providers’ terms and conditions.  In advance of the Online Event, the RES will either directly share a URL of the meeting (for example, the Zoom meeting) with you or forward the meeting invitation to you.  Online platforms provide the RES with post-Online Event information on attendee participation and interaction (e.g. attendance, viewing numbers and Q&A and polls data). This data will be used for internal reporting, as well as for the purpose of awarding certificates of attendance where this service is provided. It will not be passed onto any third party.

Participation can be affected by local issues, such as internet access, and the RES is not responsible for resolving these issues. We do not provide technical support and each attendee is responsible for setting up their equipment.  

Any links to external resources or materials sent by speakers, sponosors, exhibitors or other attendees via the platform are opened at the attendees’ own risk. We are not liable for any issues occurring from accessing these resources.

Online Events will be recorded and will be hosted on a Virtual Platform and / or the RES website and/or an alternative online website (eg. YouTube) following the event.

Submissions to The Economic Journal

Authors submitting to The Economic Journal are required to pay a submission fee for each new submission. Royal Economic Society members can benefit from a reduced submission fee. Submission fees will be calculated according to the submitting author’s membership status and membership category. All submission fees are subject to VAT at 20% 

Submissions that are desk rejected (not sent to external referees) will be subject to the same submission fee. Resubmissions will not be subject to a fee. Refunds will not apply, except if a genuine error has been found to occur during payment. We strongly encourage payment by credit/debit card, if your chosen payment method is via invoice or cheque and we have not received your submission fee within 21 days, we reserve the right to remove your submission.

Use of the website

The entire contents of all material available through the Website are protected by copyright unless otherwise indicated. As a User you have certain rights specified below; all other rights are reserved. Users will have access to material within the Website based on their RES membership status.

Users may download, view, copy and save to hard disk or diskette and store or print out single copies of individual pages for their own personal and non-commercial use, scholarly, educational or scientific research or study. Users may transmit to a third party, in hard copy or electronically, a single page from the Website for that party’s own personal and non-commercial use or scholarly, educational, or scientific research or study. In addition, Users have the right to use, with appropriate credit, brief excerpts from the Website content in their own work for the above purposes.

Except as expressly provided in these Terms and Conditions, Users may not copy, distribute, transmit or otherwise reproduce, sell or resell material or any extracts of material from the Website; store such material in any form or medium in a retrieval system; download and/or store material; or transmit such material, directly or indirectly, for use in any paid service such as document delivery or list serve, or for use by any information brokerage or for systematic distribution, whether or not for commercial or non-profit use or for a fee or free of charge. For any uses other than those permitted above, permission should be sought from the Society in the first instance by contacting the Society at the above address.

Users agree not to remove, obscure or modify any copyright or proprietary notices, author attribution, disclaimer or any screen display as they appear on the Website. Users may not integrate material from the Website with other material or otherwise create derivative works in any medium based on or including materials from the Website. However, brief quotations for purposes of comment, criticism or similar scholarly purposes are not prohibited herein.

Users may not do anything to restrict or inhibit any other User’s access to or use of the Website.

If a User refuses or fails to abide by these Terms and Conditions or violates any other terms of this Agreement, the Society reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend or terminate their access to the Website immediately without notice, in addition to any other available remedies.

Users shall not have the right to incorporate any material from the Website into any institutional or other repository under any circumstances without the prior written approval of the Society.

All trademarks, logos, product and company names are owned by the Society or third parties. No permission is given in respect of the use of any such trademarks, logos, product or company names where such use may infringe the holder’s rights.

Breach of these Terms and Conditions

When the Society considers that a breach of these Terms and Conditions has occurred, we may at our discretion take such action as we deem appropriate. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions constitutes a material breach of the same on which you are permitted to use the Website, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

  • Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the Website.
  • Issue of a warning to you.
  • Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.
  • Further legal action against you.
  • Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary or as required by law.

The Society excludes their liability for all action we may take in response to breaches of these Terms and Conditions. The actions described above are not limited, and the Society may take any other action it reasonably deems appropriate.

Additional Terms

The Society is not responsible for any charges associated with accessing the Website including any computer equipment, telephone or Internet connections, or access software.

The Society reserves the right at any time without notice to alter the content of the Website and these Terms and Conditions. Any changes to these Terms and Conditions shall be posted on the Website. Your continued use of the Website following any such change shall signify that you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions as amended.

The Website may provide links to third-party websites. Where such links exist, the Society disclaims all responsibility and liability for the content of such third-party websites. Users assume the sole responsibility for the accessing of third party websites and the use of any content appearing on such websites.

Registration is required to access selected areas of the Website. At registration, you shall select your username and password. You should not share or disclose your password to any other User. Without prejudice to the foregoing, the Society reserves the right to deny Users access to the Website or any part of it without notice and to decline to provide access or services to any User who is in breach of these Terms and Conditions.

The Website includes areas in which third parties can advertise goods and services. The use of such goods and services shall be subject to the third party’s terms and conditions and Users assume the sole responsibility for entering into agreements with such third parties. The Society disclaims all responsibility and liability for any disputes arising from such agreements or for any errors or inaccuracies in the description of such goods and services. The advertising of goods and services in selected areas of the Website implies no endorsement or warranty on the part of the Society in relation to those goods and services.

Any special offers or promotions advertised on the Website will comply with the relevant legislation and codes of practice in force in the United Kingdom.

Warranty Limitations and Exclusions of Liability

This Website and its content (whether provided by the Society or by third parties) is provided on an ‘as is’ basis, without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose or warranties as to accuracy or completeness.

The use of the Website and any services provided is at the User’s own risk. Users should be aware that identifiable personal information, such as name or email address, that is voluntarily disclosed on any related third-party bulletin boards or in chat areas accessible to other Users, could be collected or disclosed by other Users and that no liability is accepted for such collection and disclosure by the Society.

Access to the Website may be interrupted and may not be error free.

Neither the Society nor anyone else involved in creating, producing or delivering the Website shall be liable to the fullest extent permitted by the law for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages arising out of the User’s use of or inability to use the Website or any materials or information in it.

The User accepts and agrees that the information on the Website is intended as general information only. Neither the Society nor anyone else involved in creating, producing or delivering the Website shall be liable for any loss or damage occasioned to any person or property through using the information contained in res.org.uk, or acting or refraining from acting as a result of such use.

The Website is aimed primarily at Users who are residents in the United Kingdom. The Society makes no representation that any information, service or product referred to in the Website is suitable or available for use outside the United Kingdom. Neither the Society, the Society nor anyone else involved in creating, producing or delivering the Website shall be liable for any failure to comply with any local legislation and codes of practice applicable outside of the United Kingdom.

These Terms of Use shall be governed by English law as if made and wholly performed in England and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Privacy Notice

The Society recognises the importance of protecting the information it collects in the operation of the Website and will act in compliance with the Privacy Notice.

Linking to the Website

You may link to the home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage the reputation of the Society or the Society or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

You must not establish a link from any website that is not owned by you.

The site must not be framed on any other site, if a link to the Website is directed to an area requiring registration, the link must be directed to the relevant registration page. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. The website from which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in these Terms and Conditions.

If you wish to make any use of material on our site other than that set out above, please address your request to the resoffice@res.org.uk

Additional services

In addition, the Website may offer additional services, including optional E-mail Alerting Services, which are opted into by registration and may be opted out of at any time. By choosing to take advantage of this and other services offered by the Website, Users consent to the use of their information for the purposes of providing these services.


A cookie is a small piece of information that a website puts on a hard drive so that it can remember information about a user at a later date. The Website uses cookies in two ways: as a temporary Session Control cookie to validate access privileges and, at the User’s option, as a permanent cookie to facilitate login to the Website via the Remember Me option. Cookies are not used to gather or provide usage statistics. By choosing to take advantage of these services, Users consent to the use of their information for the purposes of providing these services.

Session Control Cookie: Session control cookies are used on most Web sites today because they facilitate navigation. In order to use the Website Users must have their browsers set to accept cookies.

Once a User is signed onto the Website, the Web server uses a temporary cookie to help manage the visit to the service. This Session Control Cookie is deleted when the User clicks on the Logout button in the Website or when the User quits the browser.

Remember Me Cookie: When a User registers to gain access to the Website or its personalization features, the User is asked to choose a user name and password. Every time the User logs into the Website, he/she will be asked to enter this unique user name and password. Users have the option of storing this information on their computers as a permanent cookie by selecting the ‘Remember Me’ option when logging in. This feature is optional and user controlled. The Remember Me cookie can be deleted at any time by clicking on the Logout button in the Website.

Users must be careful not to store their user name and password as a cookie on any computer that is not their own, since doing so would enable other users coming to that computer to access the Website under their name.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms of Use shall be governed by English law as if made and wholly performed in England and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.


No failure by the Society in exercising any rights under these Terms and Conditions shall prejudice or restrict our rights or operate or be construed as a waiver thereof. Any single or partial exercise of any such rights shall not preclude other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right. No waiver of any breach of these Terms and Conditions shall be held to be a waiver of any other or subsequent breach.

The Society shall not be liable for any breach of these Terms and Conditions or any failure to provide or delay in provision of any services through this Website resulting from any event or circumstance beyond its reasonable control including, without limitation, any Acts of God, strikes, lock outs and other industrial disputes, breakdown of systems or network access, fire, flood, explosion or accident.

If any of these Terms of Use are or become or are declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, such terms shall be severed from these Terms and Conditions and shall not affect the validity, legality or enforceability of the remainder of these Terms and Conditions.