Submission Guidelines

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 Editor-in-Chief shall be final.
  7. All correspondence must be via e-mail, and should be addressed to the Managing Editor at

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 (20th edition).

2.3. Manuscripts

  • The body of the manuscripts shall not contain or disclose any information pertaining to the author’s name, affiliation or credentials.
  • The Journal accepts the following kinds of submissions –
  1. Articles – Must extensively and holistically discuss the subject-matter (4000 up to 10,000 words). Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 250-300 words.
  2. Case Comment – Critical analysis of significant case laws (up to 5,000 words). Case 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

  • The Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Issues are published bi-annually in February and August respectively.
  • Submissions must be emailed in Word Format (.doc)/(.docx) to The subject field shall read as follows – “Title of Article/Case Comment_Name of Author(s)”.
  • All manuscripts must be accompanied by:
  1. A covering letter with the name(s) of the author(s), institution/affiliation, the title of the manuscript and contact details.
  2. An abstract of 250-300 words for articles and 150-200 words for case comments explaining the main idea, the objective of the article/ case comment and the conclusions drawn from it.
  • Requests for expedited reviews shall be made via e-mail. The subject for the same must read “Expedited Review_Title of Article/ Case Comment_Name of Author(s).” The Board of Editors shall strive to review such submissions within two weeks of receipt of the manuscript. If an expedited review is not possible, the author(s) shall be intimated of the same.

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. Reasons for rejection will be provided by the Editorial Board if requested by the author(s).
  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 after informing the Journal about the same, provided the subsequent publication acknowledges the prior publication in the Journal. 
  3. All material published in the Journal shall be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0)