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Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law (Vol. VII): Call for Papers

The Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law is an endeavour of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in collaboration with the N.C. Banerjee Centre for Intellectual Property Law to address contemporary issues that engulf the arena of intellectual property rights. The journal is published annually.

Nature of Contributions:

  • Article:
    An article must completely analyse the issue that the author seeks to highlight. It must contain a comprehensive study of the status quo or a contemporary issue. It must either indicate the lacunae therein or, attempt to suggest possible changes which can address the said lacunae or alternatively adequately problematize the status quo. An article should be between 5,000-6,000 words

  • Essays:
    An essay is more adventurous as it challenges existing paradigms/norms and provides a fresh outlook to common problems. It is strongly recommended that essays be considerably more concise than articles, in terms of scope and conceptualization. An essay must thus ideally be between 3,000-5,000 words

  • Notes:
    A note is a relatively concise form of an argument advanced by the author. The focus of a note should be on a relatively recent debate or controversy regarding the interpretation or implementation of the law. Notes should primarily highlight and address contemporary issues, which the author seeks to provide a solution for. The maximum word limit for a manuscript in the form of note is 2,500 words

  • Comments:
    A comment allows the author to critique any recent/landmark judicial pronouncement, legislation or a pending Bill. The word limit for a comment is 2,500 words.

Word Limit:
As has already been indicated, the maximum word limit for articles is 6,000 words, for essays it is 5,000 words and for notes and comments it is 2,500 words. All word limits mentioned are exclusive of footnotes.

Please note that the word limit will be strictly enforced.

The citation format to be used is The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th Ed.). In keeping with the same, speaking footnotes are discouraged. The body of the manuscript should be in Times New Roman, size 12 and in 1.5 spacing. The footnotes should be in Times New Roman, size 10 and single spaced.

Every submission should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 350 words describing the relevant conclusions drawn in the manuscript. Please note that there is no requirement of prior submission of abstract as the selection of the paper for publication shall be on the full manuscript. The abstract shall serve merely to help the Editorial Board in its review process.

A separate document with the biographical information of the authors must also be attached, which should include the following details:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Postal Address
  • Name and Address of Institution
  • Course (if applicable)
  • Academic year

Submissions are to be mailed to and a copy marked to

The last date for submission is 31st March, 2015.

NALSAR University of Law
Post Box No.1, NISA Hakimpet,
Justice City, Shameerpet,
R.R. District - 500078, Telangana

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