March 2021 Volume Number 58 - Issue Number 1 was mailed to members on the week of March 22, 2021. Mail service has been very inconsistent due to the pandemic, so there may be significant delays before you receive your issue.
Policy on Feature Articles
Subject Matter: Warships, emphasizing the era since the introduction of steam. Primary focus on design, construction, and characteristics. Secondary focus on operational careers and naval operations in general, with an emphasis where possible on lessons learned for design.Content: Printed narrative text, tabular data, plans, and photographs. Article Format: Manuscripts submitted for publication should be typewritten and provided in electronic format. Documents are preferred to be received in Microsoft Word format, or in a program capable of conversion to MS Word. Text should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. Illustrations should be provided in high-resolution digital form as well, preferably in .tiff or .jpg format – 300 dpi minimum. Contact the executive production editor where appropriate to arrange for the electronic transfer of large files that exceed normal email transmission limits. (It is easy to arrange for such transfers.) “Hard copy” (paper) documents, including text, photographs, and plans, are discouraged but are acceptable if necessary. Any such original documents should be securely packaged and insured to best ensure safe delivery. Great care will be taken to return such original materials to their owner on an informed, timely basis but all such transmission of original material involves risk and INRO cannot guarantee return in all cases as a result.Substantive Policies: All material published will be factual in nature. No fictional material will be considered. Articles normally will be historical in nature and should be based on authoritative sources. Publicly-available news of current warship status changes (published in our “Naval Intelligence” feature) is invited, as well as open source photography of new, newly-modified, or other contemporary naval vessels of interest (published in our “Naval News in Pictures” series). Feature articles concerning current or near-term recent naval forces, where access to authoritative official information is not yet available, typically are not encouraged, however. Critical evaluation and analysis of source material is strongly encouraged, but conjecture and speculation should be identified as such. Opinions expressed in W.I. are those of the authors concerned, and do not necessarily represent the views of the officers or other members of the organization (INRO). Authors who are subject to security and public release regulations of the U.S. Department of Defense are personally responsible for clearance of any original material before submitting it to this journal for publication. Persons of other countries having similar or equivalent obligations likewise are personally responsible for clearance of any material submitted to this journal. Articles should include a detailed citation of sources. Where possible, characteristics data also should be accompanied by source citations. While not mandatory, textual narrative is encouraged to include endnotes with specific source citations. Preference will be given to feature articles that reflect the use of primary archival source material and provide information not previously available. Articles previously published elsewhere typically will not be accepted. Articles relying solely on commonly-available published sources, such as naval annuals and well-known history books, typically will be declined. On the other hand, articles drawing upon obscure published sources, such as nineteenth century newspapers or little known, out-of-print books are more likely to be considered favorably.Language: Articles are preferred to be submitted in English. Articles submitted in another language will be considered for publication, but acceptance will depend upon the availability of a translator. (The INRO staff may be able to locate a volunteer to carry out a needed translation.) All articles will be published in English, the only exception being certain documents, plans, etc., that might be reproduced in their original language as illustrations or source documents.Editorial Review: Every effort will be made to provide a prompt decision on acceptance or rejection of submitted material. The staff will conduct such consultations as necessary to evaluate the submission, potentially involving research in published sources and consultation with appropriate experts. Depending upon the nature of the submission, a decision might come in several days or several weeks, but in all cases acknowledgment of initial receipt of proposed material will be made within hours to a few days. Exceptions may reflect the absence of certain key staff personnel on vacation, medical leave or other nonavailability, but such circumstances should be rare. Members are reminded that INRO is a volunteer organization with no paid or “full-time” staff. INRO reserves the right to edit materials received, both for grammatical and copy correctness but also to correct or add information. The staff will work with authors to coordinate any substantive modification of the submission.Abbreviations, etc.: Refer to the Chicago Manual of Style where appropriate. Ship names should be rendered in lower case and italicized (e.g., Yamato). U.S. Navy hull numbers should use an N-dash between the ship type designator and the number, e.g., CG‒33, to reflect common usage. There has been confusion on this matter because older official U.S. Navy documents did not use a hyphen because hyphens had a special meaning to file clerks (thus, a file BB-26 in certain old bureau file series would be the 26th generic subject in a file series pertinent to many or all battleships; file BB26, on the other hand, referred to the ship South Carolina, the 26th ship in the battleship hull number series adopted in 1920.) Material published in W.I. will include the N-dash except where there is a direct quote from an historical document rendered otherwise.Typically, prefixes for ship names, such as “United States Ship” (USS) for U.S. ships, and equivalent prefixes for other nations’ fleets, will be excluded to save space. Exceptions may be made where an official document is being quoted.