The SBL launched the International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues.
International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Board
Questions and comments are welcomed.
|| Read about ICI objectives in the 2007 SBL Society Report
SBL Forum articles that precipitated this initiative:
Ehud Ben Zvi, The Future of the Society
Gerald West, The Future of the Society
Kent Harold Richards, The Future of SBL: Dialogue with Members
|Open-Access Book Series
Two open-access book series are published through the ICI program:
Why You Should Submit Your Manuscript or Proposal to the Online, Open-Access Ancient Near East Monograph Series
by Alan Lenzi
Ancient Near East Monographs
International Voices in Biblical Studies
|Teaching Collaboration/ Mentoring Program
SBL hosts two databases that allow scholars, students, and
institutions to establish contact and make arrangements for various types of
How are SBL members are taking advantage of the ICI Scholarly Exchange program?
Jonathan David Lawrence shares how the ICI Scholarly Exchange program provided an opportunity to teach in the South Pacific
How Videoconferencing with International Scholars Can Enliven Your Classroom By Kelley N. Coblentz Bautch
||Scholarly Exchange Lists
The goal of the ICI Liaison Network is to establish open lines of communication that will promote awareness of the resources and opportunities made available through the ICI to scholars, teachers, and students and to communicate and develop an awareness of the scholarly work done in ICI countries. There are liaisons in several countries and SBL is working to build upon this base and extend the representation to more areas.
The ICI volunteer coordinator is Tim Langille. SBL members in ICI countries who wish to become liaisons or in countries for which there is already a representative in the Liaison Network are encouraged to contact Tim to volunteer to further ICI and its goals. There are opportunities on the local level to coordinate with the country representatives. All SBL members, regardless of their country of domicile, are asked to suggest colleagues in ICI countries who might be willing to participate in this initiative.
|| Click here
to see the liaisons listed by country.
|Calendar of Events
SBL encourages participation in scholarly conferences and
workshops worldwide including those organized and sponsored independent of SBL.
In order to facilitate attendance by those in ICI countries at SBL
Congresses, Samantha Spitzner has been appointed as the SBL visa coordinator. Samantha will advise members
who need visas in order to travel to and participate in the Annual or
International Meetings. She will not prepare applications, but will be a
source of information to aid members in submitting applications and will
provide letters of intent if needed by those participating in the meeting as
presenters or board members. For more information, please contact Samantha
|| The Calendar of Events for Biblical and Religious Studies.
Contact Tech Support to provide information related to your event so that it can be included on the calendar
ICI provides free
electronic access to many SBL publications to those in ICI-qualifying
countries. Our publishing partners, Baylor University Press, Brown Judaic
Studies, Catholic Biblical Association, Fortress Press, Gorgias Press, Sheffield Phoenix Press,
Westminster John Knox Press and Wiley-Blackwell also participate in this
program. Books from these publishers are listed alphabetically by author along
with SBL titles on the Online Books page and can be identified by ICI
participants through the book series listings
Online Books page
Online books are limited to countries listed here.
As a Society, our mission is to “Foster Biblical
Scholarship.” We believe that we embody this mission best when biblical
scholars from around the globe are included in our conversation. Members from
qualifying countries who can afford to pay our regular membership rates are
encouraged to do so. In addition, members from any country are encouraged to
sponsor the membership of others who cannot afford to join.
The rates offered to individuals in ICI-qualifying countries
are US$15 for full members and US$10 for student members. The form with these
rates can be found on our Online Books page.
To find reduced membership rates application, log in on the Online Books page
Questions? SBL Customer Service Department
located in countries that qualify for the Online Books also qualify for reduced
subscription rates to the Journal of Biblical Literature and
the Review of Biblical Literature. With these reduced rates, a
print JBL subscription costs $35 plus shipping and a
print RBL subscription costs $20 plus shipping.
these reduced rates and free access to recent JBL archives can be
found on our
Online Books page.
To find reduced journal subscription rates application, log in on the Online Books page
Questions? SBL Customer Service Department
JSTOR Journal Discount Programs
African Access Initiative
JSTOR has waived the standard participation fees (the Archive Capital Fee and the Annual Access Fee) for any not-for-profit institution in a country on the continent of Africa.
Developing Nations Access Initiative
JSTOR has waived or offered reduced participation fees for any academic or not-for-profit institution in developing countries (and all of Africa).