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Frequently Asked Questions

MERICS Membership and Subscriptions

What’s the difference between a membership and a subscription?

A MERICS Membership is tailored to companies and organizations who are interested in receiving privileged access to research products and events. MERICS Members have access to all of the MERICS Briefs as well as a wide range of publications. (see below for details)

A subscription is best suited to individuals. Subscribers can choose to receive all the MERICS Briefs, or just the MERICS China Essentials Brief.

MERICS Members have access to the following products:

  • Quarterly Trackers: China Global Inc. Tracker, China Security & Risk Tracker and Economic Indicators
  • Executive Memos: quarterly policy briefs on relevant topics
  • Member events: invitations to our quarterly “Members Call” and the annual MERICS China Day

All previous issues of publications can be accessed via the “My Membership” section on our website.

What publications are available exclusively to organizations with MERICS Membership?

If your organization is a member, you have exclusive access to the MERICS Trackers. Therein, we provide regular information on China's security policy (China Security & Risk Tracker), economic development (Economic Indicators), and the "New Silk Road" initiative as well as geopolitical developments (China Global Inc. Tracker). The three tracker products are each released quarterly. Excerpts from those are published on our website.

As a member you have access to all MERICS Briefs. Unlike the trackers, MERICS Briefs are also available by subscription.

Which MERICS Briefs are included in a subscription?  

A MERICS Full Subscription includes:

  • MERICS China Essentials
  • MERICS China Industries
  • MERICS Europe China 360°

Alternatively, individuals can subscribe to only receive the fortnightly MERICS China Essentials. Learn more about our offers here. If your organization is a MERICS Member, you will have access to all MERICS Briefs.  

How often are the MERICS Briefs published?    

On average, we publish MERICS China Essentials and MERICS Europe China 360° twice a month, and MERICS China Industries usually once a month.

How can I read the MERICS Briefs?

Subscribers receive all MERICS Briefs exclusively via email. If your organization is a MERICS Member, then you can receive the briefs via email or read them, alongside all other exclusive content, in the “My Membership” section on our website.

Can I log in to the website as a subscriber and read the briefs online?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. The members area on our homepage is for members only. As a subscriber you will receive all briefs directly by email.

May I share the briefs with others?

With a subscription, you purchase an individual reading license which is exclusively for you. Therefore, content must not be shared.

Can I download the briefs as a PDF?

MERICS Briefs are sent via email and most subscription emails contain a PDF download link.

Which languages are the briefs published in?

You can read the MERICS China Essentials in German and English. All other briefs are published in English.

Do you offer group discounts or other benefits, e.g., for students?

Currently, we cannot offer group discounts on our subscriptions as they are based on individual reading licenses. If you have multiple colleagues in your organization who would like to receive our content, a Public or Corporate Membership may be an option.
For student discounts, please contact [email protected].

What payment methods do you offer?  

You can pay for subscriptions by credit card, PayPal or SEPA direct debit. If you choose PayPal, you must authorize each payment.  

How do I receive an invoice?

Your invoice will be sent to you via email as a PDF after each confirmed payment.

Free products

How can I sign up for free information from the institute?

MERICS continues to offer a wide range of free publications and events, all advertised on our website. We are also happy to provide email news updates. Sign up here for our mailing list to receive the institute's monthly newsletter MERICS Update and other notifications about upcoming publications.

Technical issues

I am not sure if I receive all emails.

If you think you are not receiving emails from us, please get in contact. Certain server settings can block emails sent by newsletter clients. In this case, it might help to "whitelist" our provider (CleverReach). We would be happy to help you resolve any issues.

To prevent our mailings from ending up in your spam folder, please add [email protected] to your email contacts.

How can I change my name,  address or payment information?

As a subscriber, you can adjust your payment details at any time in your profile. You will receive the link to your profile via email after signing up for a subscription. On your profile page, you can set a new payment method under “Change payment method” and adjust your data.

Unfortunately, once you’ve set up your profile, you cannot amend any other details, such as name, email or address. To do so, please send us a brief message to: [email protected] and we will be happy to help.

Didn’t find what you were looking for?

Please feel free to contact us directly.

If you have questions about our subscriptions, please contact: [email protected].

For questions about the MERICS Membership, you can reach us at: [email protected].