The purpose of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS) is to promote the scientific study of subjectivity.


ISSSS began in 1985 and the first President of the society was Donald Brenner.  It now has a membership of around 200 and an executive committee made up of elected officers and ad hoc contributors.  

The society supports the publication of a journal Operant Subjectivity: The International Journal of Q Methodology and the organisation of an annual conference which most often has place in September. Conferences typically alternate between Europe and America and are usually hosted by local Q methodologists.

Society membership fees are kept low – although it is generally better value to join if you are coming to the conference! Membership perks include access to all back issues of Operant Subjectivity at the low cost of $50 a year for regular members and $20 for student members.