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1. General Guidelines
  1. Manuscripts must conform to the scope and theme of the Journal of Intellectual Property Studies (‘the Journal’). The Journal is dedicated to publishing nationally and internationally relevant content relating to law and policy in intellectual property rights. This includes overlapping areas such as competition laws and technology laws. All submissions must primarily deal with these subject areas.

  2. All submitted manuscripts shall be original. Any form of plagiarism would lead to immediate rejection of the submission.

  3. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously. Once a manuscript has been selected for publication or has been published in the Journal, the author(s) must seek permission from the Editorial Board before publishing it elsewhere. Such permission may or may not be granted at the discretion of the Editorial Board.

  4. The author(s) must inform the Editorial Board if the manuscript has also been submitted to another journal, website or forum. The Editorial Board must be notified immediately if an offer for publication from another journal, website or forum is accepted by the author(s).

  5. Solicited submissions are guaranteed a right of publication in the Journal subject to quality and content review by the Editorial Board.

  6. In relation to all disputes, the decision of the Chief Editor shall be final.

  7. All correspondence must be via e-mail, and should be addressed to the Managing Editor at Authors are requested to e-mail the Board only in exceptional circumstances, as the Board will keep them informed throughout the review process. 

2. Specific Guidelines
2.1. Author(s)
  1. Each manuscript may have up to two authors.

  2. In case of joint authorship, the author from whom a submission is solicited by the Editorial Board shall intimate the Board of the name, credentials and contact details of the intended co-author.

2.2. Citations and References
  1. All relevant sources shall be duly acknowledged as footnotes.

  2. The text and citation styles shall conform to the rules prescribed in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st edition). 

2.3. Manuscripts
  1. The body of the manuscripts shall not contain or disclose any information pertaining to the author’s name, affiliation or credentials.

  2. The Journal accepts the following kinds of submissions –

    • Long Articles (6,000 - 10,000 words): Submissions should provide a comprehensive coverage of the available literature on the concerned topic and a novel perspective on the related issue with suggestions.

    • Essays (4,000 - 6,000 words): Submissions should be relatively shorter and more focussed in their treatment of the subject matter. Essays generally pertain to a narrower topic as compared to Long Articles.

    • Case Comment (up to 5,000 words): Submissions should provide a critical analysis of significant case laws. Case comments must be accompanied by an abstract of 150-200 words.

    • Legislative Comment (1000- 3000 words): Submissions should provide a comprehensive analysis of recent legislative developments. Legislative comments must be accompanied by an abstract of 150-200 words.

While authors are required to adhere to the prescribed word limits, departures from the same will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2.4. Submission Procedure
  1. The Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Issues are published bi-annually in March and September respectively.

  2. Submissions must be made in Word Format (.doc)/(.docx) by filling this Google Form

  3. All manuscripts must necessarily be accompanied by an abstract of 250-300 words for articles and 150-200 words for case or legislative comments explaining the main idea, the objective of the article/ case comment and the conclusions drawn from it. Submissions made without an abstract shall be outrightly rejected.

  4. No requests for expedited reviews shall be entertained by the Journal save in exceptional circumstances. Authors may send an e-mail to the Board at requesting an expedited review mentioning the reason for the same. The Board shall intimate the author if the expedited review will be possible.

3. Editorial Policy
  1. Authors shall be informed of the status of their manuscripts as it passes through each stage of review.

  2. The Journal follows a comprehensive double-blind review procedure.

  3. The Editorial Board retains complete discretion over the acceptance/rejection of manuscripts.

  4. The Journal reserves the right to request copies of any resources or authorities cited in the manuscript.

4. Copyright Notice

Upon offer of publication of a manuscript by the Journal, authors shall communicate to the Editorial Board their acceptance of the following terms and conditions:

  1. The work shall become the property of the Journal.

  2. Authors may republish their work in another publication subject to prior permission from the Journal and in compliance with specific instructions issued by the Editorial Board. 

  3. All material published in the Journal shall be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). 

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