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To subscribe online, click here. You can also print our order form and mail or fax it to AAAS (mailing address and fax number are located on the form). You can also call AAAS at (202) 326-6417 or toll-free at (866) 434-2227 to subscribe. SB&F is also available through all major subscription agencies (e.g., EBSCO, Swets, etc…).  

What is SB&F?
Published by AAAS, SB&F is the online global critical review journal devoted exclusively to print and nonprint materials in all of the sciences for all age groups (K-college, teaching and general audience). Since 1965, SB&F has been the authoritative guide to science resources, bringing librarians and other educators expert information they need to make the best decisions when choosing science materials for their libraries, classrooms, or institutions.

Now in an online-only format, SB&F offers thousands of book, DVD, website, and software package reviews, designed to help you efficiently navigate the modern information landscape.

What is AAAS?
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide. 

Is there a fee for using SB&F Online?
SB&F offers free content, along with subscriber only content. A one-year subscription to SB&F is $45/year. Subscribers have access to the full text of reviews, the current SB&F issue, current Best Books lists, and other subscriber only benefits. Read more about the benefits being a subscriber.  AAAS Teacher members can also access SB&F as part of their membership. To find out more about joining AAAS please go to this page.  

What can I see for free?
You can create a free account which permits you free access to some feature articles, the Editor’s Blog, AAAS Booktalks, information on the SB&F Prizes, and selected reviews each month.

Do you offer trial subscriptions?
SB&F does not currently offer trial subscriptions. You may become a registered user for free. Register Here! Registered users have access to many of SB&F’s online features. Visit our benefits of subscribing page to learn more. If you would like a sample issue, please contact us.

How can I support SB&F?
SB&F welcomes your donations to continue to support our core mission of reviewing books and other materials to support science literacy for all ages. You can donate directly to SB&F Here. You can also read more about donating to SB&F on this page.

In addition to making your gift via these mechanisms, AAAS is excited to announce a fun and innovative way of giving back. The SB&F Facebook page and Twitter feed are now live with "#donate" technology from our friends at GoodWorld. It's never been easier to give and encourage your friends to do the same. Simply comment #donate followed by your gift amount in U.S. Dollars anywhere on the SB&F Facebook page  or sign up with GoodWorld at to make your gift.    

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I am an SB&F subscriber, how do I get a username and password to access the site?
Welcome! If you are a subscriber to SB&F and your subscription is current, you can sign up for a username and password HERE. Please have a print copy of SB&F available when you register. You will need your customer number from the mailing label.   

I am an AAAS Member, how do I get a username and password to access the site?
Welcome! AAAS Members have free access to the majority of content on SB&F Online as a benefit of membership to AAAS. If you are an AAAS Member with a current membership, please register HERE.  

I forgot my password, how do I retrieve it?
Go to the Forgot Password page, which is accessible on the Account Login page. We will email your username and password to you at the email address with which you first registered. If that doesn't work please email

If you have forgotten both your user ID and password, email Customer service will assist you. 

Why can I not see the review text?
Review text is available only to paying subscribers. If you are a AAAS Member, registered user, or visitor, you do not have access to full text reviews. Please consider subscribing in order to view review text, rating, and other subscriber only benefits.

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Yes, you can pay by credit card when you fill out our order form, or by calling (202) 326-6417 or toll free (866) 434-2227.  

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How long does it take for my subscription to be activated from the time payment is made?
As soon as your payment is received and processed, you will receive an email with instructions for activating your account online. This process usually takes 2 weeks.  

Does SB&F offer institutional subscriptions?
SB&F does not currently offer IP authentification (institutional access).

Can I obtain a paper copy of the magazine?
The last printed issue of SB&F was the May/June 2009 issue. You may request paper copies of back issues. To request a back issue, please email us. Subscribers may also download and print new issues in the Current Issue section of the website.

Online versions of back issues are also available for download in the SB&F archives.

Site Tools & Features

How do I know when the new issue is posted?
Subscribers to SB&F will receive a monthly email newsletter when the new issue is posted online. The new issue is posted once a month, but new reviews are added to the online database on a weekly basis. Please check the Reviews section often for new reviews.  

Where is the current issue on the site?
The current issue is located in the Current Issue section, along with archives of past issues dating back to 1999.

Where can I find past issues of SB&F?
The SB&F archives are located in the Current Issue section.

Where are the SB&F Best Books lists?
Subscribers have access to the current and past SB&F Best Books lists. They are located in the Best Books section.   

Reviews & Reviewing

How can I submit a book, video, software package or website for review?
SB&F reviews science-based books, videos, software, and websites for all age groups (K-college, teachers, and general audience). Due to the large amount of materials SB&F receives to review, we are currently only considering materials with a copyright of the current year. If you are a publisher, distributor or author and would like your materials considered for review you may contact the editor of SB&F with your request.

How can I order books reviewed by SB&F?
SB&F does not directly sell the books we review. Please contact the publisher of each book directly in order to obtain a copy of the book. Some highly recommended books are linked to the online book seller, If you choose to purchase a book via the SB&F link to Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will be returned to SB&F. These proceeds enable SB&F to initiate new programs.

Can I become an SB&F reviewer?
If you are a trained scientist, engineer, science educator, or librarian and would like the opportunity to share your expertise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, you may wish to volunteer as an SB&F reviewer. Please check this page or contact the editor to learn more about the benefits and rewards of becoming an SB&F reviewer.

Who are your reviewers?
Our reviewers are scientists in academia and industry, teachers, librarians, and other science professionals. They are experts in their fields and have a strong interest in science education. By volunteering their time and expertise to SB&F our reviewers have shown a commitment to helping the next generation have a better understanding of science.