Regulations & Membership of The Naval Review

Regulations of The Naval Review

The Charity’s Aim: To promote the advancement and spreading, within the Service, of knowledge relevant to the higher aspects of the naval profession.


The views expressed in the journal are wholly those of the individual authors that may well diverge from, and should not be considered as reflecting those of, the Naval Service, the Ministry of Defence, Her Majesty’s Government or any organisation the author might declare association with.

In order to encourage freedom of discussion and criticism, and ensure that diffidence arising from lack of seniority or inexperience of writing for publication shall not discourage participation in them, original contributions may be anonymous or under a nom de plume – the identity of such writers being known only to the Editor. However, all identities may be revealed, at the Editor’s discretion, to bona-fide historians and researchers either subsequent to the death of an author, if an author specifically permits such identification, or after the elapse of 30 years from the time of first publication of their article.

For the same reason, and also in order that the freedom of discussion provided byThe Naval Review shall not constitute a contravention of Service policy concerning contributions to the public Press, it is necessary to confine the circulation of The Naval Review to its members. Members are therefore requested to take appropriate care of their copies, that they will not allow them or their contents to be communicated to any persons not eligible for membership or to the Press; and that they will take every precaution against their copies being available or used for any political or propagandist purpose. Similar precautions also apply to the content of, and access to, the private Members’ pages of The Naval Review website (

The Naval Review journal is issued quarterly with only sufficient copies being printed for circulation to members – an electronic, fully researchable, version will be added to The Naval Review on-line archive. A guide to writing for The Naval Review will be periodically published separately in the journal and posted on the Review’s website. Each edition of the journal will promulgate the dates by which articles and correspondence should be submitted in the year ahead.


Security, Style and Copyright

In submitting material, authors grant The Naval Review an automatic and simultaneous, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable, fully sub-licensable and transferable licence to use, record, sell, lease, reproduce, create derivative work from, alter, change and otherwise exploit, the content in whole or in part.

Although responsibility for what is published in The Naval Review rests with the Editor, in submitting material authors also implicitly vouch for their compliance with the law in respect of copyright, security, libel, obscenity, all forms of discrimination, and sedition.

All published material, unless otherwise stated, remains the copyright of The Naval Review. No part of this publication, or associated website, may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical (including photocopying, recording or by any information storage or retrieval system), without prior permission from the Editor in writing.

Noting its charitable status as a journal sustained only by membership subscription, The Naval Review makes no payment for contributions but might, by exception, consider specific costs of research, production or postage if necessary to promote members’ interests.

Access to the on-line Naval Review archive is unrestricted to all individual, but not corporate, members. Time limited access to the archive is open to researchers and historians after ten years from an article’s original publishing date for a small administration charge. In addition, at that ten-year point, the above request to restrict access to the printed journal to those eligible members lapses and, if desired, such old issues might be sold or donated as a member sees fit.


Membership & Eligibility

The following are eligible for membership: officers and ratings, active, reservist or retired, of the Armed Forces of the Crown and the Commonwealth; also members of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors, and officers and ratings of the RMAS and RFA Service; and civil servants who hold or have held appointments in the Naval Commands, or appointments with a naval connection across the UK Ministry of Defence and associated organisations; and officers and ratings, active or retired, of the Armed Forces of NATO nations with which the United Kingdom has strong military connections. The Editor can admit other persons in with demonstrable interest in the Royal Navy.

Membership application forms can be downloaded using the link below and should be returned to the Secretary-Treasurer:

The Secretary-Treasurer, The Naval Review

14 Bedford Road, Wells, Somerset, BA5 3NH.

Tel: 01749 672639.



Subscription Payment

The standard annual individual subscription rate, that provides both the quarterly printed journal and full on-line access, is £40.00. For Sub Lieutenants and below the rate is discounted by 50% (i.e. £20 per year). Application for Corporate membership can be made via the Secretary Treasurer – the standard rate is £400 per annum (except where otherwise exceptionally negotiated). Corporate members do not have full access to the NR’s digital facilities on-line.

Payment may be made by one of the four following means:

  • preferably by Direct Debiting Instruction on a UK bank account;
  • by cheque sent to the Secretary-Treasurer;
  • (for overseas members particularly) by credit/debit card (Mastercard or Visa only). Such payments may be made by requesting a secure link from the Secretary-Treasurer;
  • Electronic transfer. The Naval Review’s bankers are The National Westminster Bank plc, South Kensington Station Branch (Sort Code 51-50-01), PO Box 592, 18 Cromwell Place, London, SW7 2LB (Account 00624675). BIC NWBK GB 2L. IBAN GB29 NWBK 5150 0100 6246 75. Payments should be identified by quoting surname.

Payment Under Gift Aid

By signing a Gift Aid Declaration, a member can substantially benefit the finances of The Naval Review at no cost to that member. The declaration (provided with the membership enrolment forms) enables The Naval Review to recover the tax on a £40 annual subscription (for someone paying on the lower rate of income tax) £10 in Gift Aid (i.e. making a £40 annual subscription worth £50 to The Naval Review. Accordingly, all members who pay UK income tax are actively encouraged to complete a Gift Aid Declaration on application for membership. For those existing members who haven’t yet signed such a declaration, they are equally encouraged to submit a signed declaration to the Secretary Treasurer. Clearly the amount of Gift Aid received will have impact on future subscription rates. Please note that Members who themselves claim tax relief on their subscription as a professional expense under Schedule E, Section 192 of the Corporation Taxes Act 1970 may not make a Gift Aid Declaration.


(18-02-28) Membership Enrolment Forms