Call for Papers: IJIPL 2015-2016

The Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law is now accepting submissions for its 2015-16 edition. Details are as below:1

Call for Papers Vol. VIII, 2015-2016

The Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law (IJIPL) is the flagship intellectual property law journal of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. The IJIPL is India’s first student run journal that is wholly devoted to the study of intellectual property. Published annually, it is the combined endeavour of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and the N.C. Banerjee Centre for Intellectual Property Law to address contemporary issues in the field of intellectual property law.

In an endeavour to promote diverse and quality scholarship, authors are encouraged to explore contemporary theoretical and legal controversies relating to intellectual property law and policy. However, fresh and interesting perspectives on IP policy as well as interdisciplinary perspectives on the subject are also welcome.

The Journal is presently soliciting submissions for the 8th Volume, to be released in April 2017. Undergraduate students, post graduate students, practitioners, faculty and academicians are invited to contribute to the journal in the form of essays, articles, notes and comments. Guidelines for the submissions are provided below.

The last date for submission of papers is October 15, 2016.

Nature of Contributions:


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 holistically and critically assess the status quo. An article should be between 5,0006,000 words.


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 3,0005,000 words.


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.


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.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Format

The citation format to be used is The Bluebook (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 in single spacing.

2. Abstract

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.

3. Biographical Information of the Authors

A separate document with the biographical information of the authors must also be attached including the following details: Name, E‐mail address, Postal Address, Name and Address of Institution, Course (if applicable), Academic Year.


The Journal endeavours to promote originality and respects the rights of authors. The Submissions must be in accordance with the Submissions Guidelines and Editorial Policy. Please write in to us with your submission upon which we shall provide you with a copy of the indemnity and waiver forms which must be duly filled in and sent back. Each Submission must be the original work of its authors. A form providing incorrect or false information will render the submission rejected from consideration. Authors are therefore requested to ensure that there are no intellectual property violations in their work.

Submissions are to be mailed to [email protected]. The subject line must read ‘Submission for Vol.8’. Queries may be directed to the same ID, with ‘Query’ in the subject line.


Isha Kabra
Kartik Chawla
Pranahita Srinivas
Srishti Khare

The Board of Editors (2015-2016)
The Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law


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