Frequently Asked Questions

Publishing
How do I obtain copies of past Proceedings or Naval History articles?

Search the Proceedings and Naval History Archives - here
for any articles since February 1997. For others, send a request to Naval Institute Research, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402. Include author/title, issue and page numbers, or as much information as you have.

How do I find research assistance on past articles or get copies of articles?

Contact: History, Reference & Preservation
A fee is charged
Phone: 410-295-1023
Fax: 410-269-7940
Email Address: library@navalinstitute.org



How do I place an ad in Proceedings?
How do I place an ad in Naval History?
How do I find out more about submitting a book manuscript?

Contact the Naval Institute Press Editorial Offices
Phone: 410-295-1030
Fax: 410-295-1084
Email Address: books@navalinstitute.org

 

Book manuscript submission guidelines!

How do I contact a Naval Institute author?

Address letters in care of the Naval Institute and we will forward. (Authors' telephone numbers or addresses are not released.)

 

Mail: Naval Institute Author, c/o U.S. Naval Institute, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.

How do I submit a letter to the editor of Proceedings or Naval History?

Contact the Proceedings or Naval History editorial offices.
Phone: 410-295-1048
Fax: 410-295-1049
Email Address: commentanddiscussion@usni.org

How do I submit an article to Proceedings or Naval History?

Contact the Proceedings or Naval History editorial offices.
Phone: 410-295-1048
Fax: 410-295-1049
Email Address: articlesubmissions@usni.org

General Help
How do I subscribe to Proceedings or Naval History magazines?

Proceedings and Naval History magazines are available to active Naval Institute members only.

For institutions wishing to subscribe, please contact circulation@navalinstitute.org, for individuals wanting Proceedings as part of their membership click here, for members wanting to subscribe to Naval History click here, or contact Member Services.

Phone: 800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110
Fax: 410-571-1703

Email circulation@navalinstitute.org

How do I report a change of address?

Click here or notify Member Services.

Phone: 800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110
Fax: 410-571-1703
e-mail: circulation@navalinstitute.org

Why aren't all articles published in the print version of Proceedings available at the Web site?

People pay to be members of the U.S. Naval Institute - and Proceedings is just one benefit of membership. As of 2007, members can access complete articles online; non-members have access to limited articles online. We're working on providing complete back issues of Proceedings online.

How do I join the U.S. Naval Institute?

Join online, or contact the Circulation Department.
Phone: 800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110
Fax: 410-571-1703
e-mail: circulation@navalinstitute.org

I filled out the form and clicked on submit, but I keep being sent back to the form. Why is this happening?

In order to successfully complete the registration process, all required fields (marked with an *asterisk) must be completed. For further assistance, please contact a Customer Service Representative at customer@usni.org or call 1-410-268-6110 or 1-800-233-8764 (toll-free).

What is a cookie?

A cookie is simply a small text file that consists of a text-only string that gets entered into the memory of a browser. This file stores encrypted value of a variable that a web site sets. The cookie is used to identify the user.

How do I give a gift membership?

Gift memberships make great gifts for that special individual. Each gift recipient receives a personalized gift card.

To send a gift membership in your name, click here, or contact Member Services.

Phone: 800-233-8764
Fax: 410-571-1703
e-mail: customer@usni.org

How do I renew my Naval Institute membership or my Naval History subscription?

To renew your membership click here, to renew your Naval History subscription click here, or contact Member Services.

 

Phone: 800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110
Fax: 410-571-1703

Email: customer@usni.org

Whom do I call about a billing or account problem?

Contact the Accounting Department.
Phone: 800-233-8764 or 410 224 3378
Fax: 410-224-2406
Email: accounting@usni.org

How could my company benefit from a partnership with the U.S. Naval Institute?

Become a year-round corporate sponsor. For more details on how your organization can benefit contact Naval Institute Foundation:
Phone 410-295-1054
Fax 410-295-1050
e-mail foundation@usni.org
 

How do I help the U.S. Naval Institute continue its crucial work of providing an independent forum for the professional exchange of ideas in support of our Sea Services?

Join the thousands of concerned individuals who carry on our important mission. You can also make a tax-deductible, charitable contribution in support of critical U.S. Naval Institute programs.

To contact Naval Institute Foundation:
Phone 410-295-1054
Fax 410-295-1050
e-mail foundation@usni.org

How do I make a tax-deductible donation?

Use the online contributions form here or contact the Naval Institute Foundation.
Phone: 410-295-1054
Fax: 410-295-1050
e-mail: foundation@usni.org

Where can I find the U.S. Naval Institute's Privacy Statement?

The Privacy Statement is located at usni.org/privacy.

Registered Users Help
How can I sign up to get free email news alerts to Naval Institute news and special offers?

Just fill out our registration form and become Registered User. You'll get access to exclusive online content and updates on Naval Institute events and special online offers.

I am having problems signing-in to the Naval Institute Web site. What should I do?

If you are experiencing signing-in problems, make a note of any error messages that appear and contact a Customer Service Representative at customer@usni.org or call 1-410-268-6110 or 1-800-233-8764 (toll-free). You can also submit your questions to our Webmaster.

I cannot access the Members Only area of the Naval Institute web site. What should I do?

You have to be a paying Member of U.S. Naval Institute to access certain parts of the "Members Only" area. Become a Member now.

Are User Name and Password case sensitive?

Yes, please make sure you use the proper case when entering your password.  A strong password should consist of both upper and lowercase characters.

I have forgotten my Password. How can I find out what it is?

Please, fill out Forgot Password form and your personal information will be emailed to you shortly.

How do I change my password?

Please, fill out change password form to change you password.

Shopping with the Naval Institute
How do I buy products online?

Once you located the product you want to purchase, click on "Buy Now" button. This will open the shopping cart page.

Once you have added an item to your cart, you can add other items by using the back button on your browser or by clicking the "Continue Shopping" button that appears below the cart, which will return you to the last page you viewed before you were redirected to the shopping cart page. When ready, you can proceed to checkout by clicking the "Proceed to Checkout" button located below the shopping cart, which will initiate the checkout procedure.

How do I browse the entire book catalog?

You may search or browse our online book catalog by category.

How do I report a problem or get additional help?

You can report any problems encountered during your visit to our Webmaster. Technical support queries are usually answered within 24 hours during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30).

Will I receive on-screen confirmation of my order?

Onscreen confirmation of each order placed through our secure server is provided. It may take up to 30 seconds (depending on the amount of traffic on our server, the level of Internet congestion in general, and the speed of your Internet connection) for the confirmation screen to appear. If you hit the back button of your browser before the confirmation screen appears, the confirmation screen will not be loaded into your browser. This has no effect, however, on the ordering process itself. Once you submit an order it is immediately sent to us.

You can print confirmation page and keep it for your records or future reference. If you have any questions about whether your order was received, please contact our Customer Service Department.

Can I save my shopping cart and continue shopping later?

Your shopping cart is automatically saved whenever you add products or make changes.  You may leave the site and return later, and everything will still be there.  Please note you must be logged in and have cookies enabled in your browser for this to work.
 

What is your return policy?

 

If you are not pleased with your book purchase, you may return it in saleable condition within 60 days of receipt for an exchange or full refund, less shipping and handling fees, to:
 
USNI
Attn:  Returns
2427 Bond Street
University Park, Illinois  60484
Returns must have a copy of the original packing list.  If one is not available, please contact Member Services at 1-800-233-8764.  Customers outside of the U.S. may contact us at 1-410-268-6110.
 
If it is determined that the return is as a result of USNI’s error, shipping and handling fees will be refunded.  
The time period for processing a return is as follows:
  • 5 to 10 business days for USNI to receive the return 
  • 5 to 7 business days for USNI to process the return
Membership
How do I become a Member of U.S. Naval Institute?

You can join online using your MasterCard, VISA or American Express. All transactions are secure and encrypted. If you prefer, you can also join by calling toll-free 800-233-8764.

How do I check the status of my membership?

Please contact Member Services.

Phone: 800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110
Fax: 410-571-1703
e-mail: circulation@navalinstitute.org

Why did I get a membership solicitation when I'm already a member?

Sometimes, no matter how we try to prevent it from happening, you may receive an invitation to join the U.S. Naval Institute by mail or email, even though you are currently a member in good standing. Why? Our database sometimes fails to match your name and address, as it appears on the mailing, with the name and address under which your membership is recorded. This situation can occur due to misspellings, issues of home versus business addresses or nickname versus proper name, changes of address, or a variety of other reasons.

If you receive a membership invitation in error, please mark "Already a Member" on the application and return it to us in the provided envelope. This will ensure we don't continue to mail membership solicitations to this address.

I'm a member and would like to also subscribe to Naval History magazine. How do I subscribe?

Subscriptions to Naval History magazine are just $20 for active members.

To subscribe, call Member Services at 800-233-8764 or send an email to customer@usni.org.

What do I get when I join the Naval Institute?

In addition to supporting our unique mission of empowering, engaging and honoring the men and women of our Sea Services, your membership in the U.S. Naval Institute also brings you exclusive benefits to you, including our two acclaimed magazines, Proceedings and Naval History. As a member you'll also get exclusive discounts on hundreds of Naval Institute Press books, historic photos, and much more.

Click here for more information on the benefits of being a member of the Naval Institute.

How do I renew my membership?

Renewal can be doing either online or by phone.

To renew online, log in to your account.  Then, hover your mouse over the "MEMBERSHIP" entry below the top banner, and click the link that appears below it labeled "JOIN/RENEW".  You can also get to that page by going to www.usni.org/membership.  Find the level of membership you either currently have or would like to switch to, and click the button that says "Join Now".  On the resulting page, find the section labeled "Membership Options" and select "Renewing Membership".  Complete the rest of the page and follow instructions through the checkout process.

To renew by phone, contact Member Services at 800-233-8764.

How do I locate my member number?

Your member number can be found on the address label of your Proceedings or Naval History magazine. Located above your name, it's the first eight digits, beginning with the letter C. Alternately, you can contact Member Services at 800.233.8764 or email customer@usni.org for a replacement member card. Member cards are mailed each year.

 

Foundation
Why does the U.S. Naval Institute need to raise funds?

Funds raised allow the U.S. Naval Institute to undertake necessary educational and preservation projects too costly to accomplish with operating funds alone. Because our traditional sources of income—membership dues, book sales, and advertising revenues —tend to fluctuate with the size of the defense community and economic swings beyond our control, it is prudent to seek additional avenues of support. Also, successful fundraising efforts will allow us to explore new ways to fulfill our mission and to strengthen our professional association.

Make a tax-deductible donation today and help us continue to fulfill our important mission.

Doesn't the U.S. Naval Institute receive government funds?

No. The U.S. Naval Institute has always been and pointedly remains independent from the military services or civilian defense contractors. This helps ensure the integrity of the open forum that has been the hallmark of the U.S. Naval Institute since 1873.

How can I help preserve the Naval Institute's photo collection?

Funds raised allow the Naval Institute to undertake preservation projects too costly to accomplish with operating funds alone. Tax-deductible gifts to the Photo Archive are used to protect the original photo images and to digitize them so they may be more widely shared. Click here to make a gift.

How do I help the U.S.Naval Institute continue its crucial work of providing an independent forum for the professional exchange of ideas in support of the Sea Services?

Join USNI and the thousands of members who actively honor, engage and empower the men and women of the Sea Services. You can also make a tax deductible, charitable contribution in support of Naval Institute programs.

Phone (410) 295-1052
Fax (410) 295-1084
e-mail: foundation@navalinstitute.org

What?s the easiest way to donate stocks?

We will gladly provide our Merrill Lynch account number and DTC to prospective donors and assist in any way we can. For more information, please e-mail Sue Sweeney or phone her at (410) 295-1054.

Does the Naval Institute Foundation offer grants or scholarships?

No. The Naval Institute Foundation does not make grants to individuals or other organizations. Its sole purpose is to raise money to support the Naval Institute's goals.

Photo Service/Archives
How do I order a photograph that is not found in our online galleries?

To order a photograph that is not displayed in our online galleries, please contact our Photo Archivist for assistance.

How do I order a photograph matted and framed?

You can place an online order for a matted and framed photograph.

If you would like additional help placing the order, you may contact us at:

U.S. Naval Institute
Photo Archive
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5034
Phone: (410)295-1022
Fax: (410)269-7940
Email: photoservice@usni.org

How do I know what you have to offer if I do not see it in the online galleries?

Approximately 15,000 images are available online. However, our collection contains more than 450,000 images from the Civil War to the present.

To order a photograph that is not displayed in our online galleries, please contact our Photo Archivist for assistance.

What size are the photographs?

Photos are available for download and come in a variety of sizes, from 8 x 10 up to 20 x 24.

How long does it take to process an order?

1 week - 10 days for a print, 2-3 weeks for custom framing and 1-2 days for a digital download.

What is the phone number I use to order photographs?

If you cannot find the photograph you would like on our Web site, (410) 295-1022 takes you to the Photo Archivist.

What if I have a copyright question about a photo in one the Naval Institute's books or CD-ROMs?

Contact the Photo Archivist at the Naval Institute. Please provide book title, author, page number and description of photograph.

What if I want to use a photograph purchased through the U.S. Naval Institute's Photo Service for commercial purposes (eg. book, video, CD-ROM, magazine etc.)?

You must contact the Photo Archivist for commercial usage pricing and permission.

How can I help preserve the Naval Institute's photo collection?

Funds raised allow the Naval Institute to undertake preservation projects too costly to accomplish with operating funds alone. Tax-deductible gifts to the Photo Archive are used to protect the original photo images and to digitize them so they may be more widely shared. Click here to make a gift.

Oral History
May I cite from the oral histories I borrow?

If you borrow or purchase an oral history the rights for citing, etc. are noted in the front of the volume. Although most oral histories are classified open, some interviewees or their families request that you contact them for prior permission before citing.

How do I order an oral history volume?

You order an oral history volume by contacting us at:

U.S. Naval Institute

Naval Heritage Group

291 Wood Road

Annapolis, MD 21402

1-800-233-8764

Library Reference Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain copies of past Proceedings or Naval History articles?

For Proceedings articles from 1997-present visit our online archive. For articles before 1997, send us a request that includes author/title, issue, and page numbers. If you do not know the author/title, issue or page numbers, please give us the subject of the article and the time period during which you think the article was published. There is a research fee for this service.

May I borrow a book?

 

Although we are not a lending library, we are open to the public & invite individuals to visit and conduct research on-site.  Library visits can be scheduled by calling (410) 295-1022.

Additionally, our library staff is available to assist with research requests from individuals who are not able to visit us in Beach Hall.  Simple requests are normally handled within 24-48 hours.  Detailed requests may take longer as required.

Research requests can be addressed to NavalInstituteArchives@usni.org

How long does research take?

 

We are open to the public & invite individuals to visit and conduct research on-site.  Library visits can be scheduled by calling (410) 295-1022.

Additionally, our library staff is available to assist with research requests from individuals who are not able to visit us in Beach Hall.  Simple requests are normally handled within 24-48 hours.  Detailed requests may take longer as required.

Research requests can be addressed to NavalInstituteArchives@usni.org


 
 

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Defense Forum Washington will take place December 4, 2014 at the Newseum - Knight Conference Center in Washington, DC.

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