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JIPLP Contributor Guidelines


JIPLP carries subject-matter of global interest, but with an emphasis upon IP law and practice in Europe and North America. Coverage includes:

  • the full range of substantive IP topics;
  • practice-related matters such as litigation, enforcement, drafting and transactions; plus
  • relevant aspects of related subjects such as competition and world trade law.

The journal is specifically designed for IP lawyers, patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys both in private practice and working in industry. It is likely also to become an essential source of reference for academics specialising in IP, members of the judiciary, officials in IP registries and regulatory bodies, and institutional libraries. Content will thus be chosen for its quality of analysis and practical relevance, with a premium upon concise and accessible presentation.


Current Intelligence

Notes for users

Please note that all queries regarding contributions should be directed to Sarah Harris, JIPLP Content Commissioning Editor, by email .

Length : Contributors should keep their Current Intelligence articles, analysing recent key cases, legislation and topical matters, to between 500 and 1,500 words (a greater word length may be agreed with the Editor).

Footnotes should not be used : references should be given only for the citation of cases, legislation and literature, which should appear in brackets as part of the main text.

All Current Intelligence pieces should be written to the following template of headings :

  • Title (descriptive)
  • Name/citation of relevant case/legislation/material
  • Single sentence summary
  • Legal context
  • Facts
  • Analysis
  • Practical significance

Submission : All Current Intelligence articles must be submitted online here: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jiplap

The procedure is not difficult and enables everyone - not just authors but members of the editorial and production teams - to follow the progress of a submitted Current Intelligence article and, where necessary, gain online access to it.

Advice to authors

In order to enable your Current Intelligence article to be published more expeditiously:

  • Please do not italicise quotes
  • Please do not underline or embolden any text. Emphasis is provided by the use of italics
  • Please make sure that the details of a case which is the subject of the Current Intelligence article include the jurisdiction, the court and the date
  • Please do not use Latin terms unless you supply an additional English translation or explanation (different jurisdictions use different Latin terms, so explanation is needed)
  • Please do not use any STRANGE FONTS or unusual features of layout that you have not seen in other Oxford University Press publications
  • If you'd like to inspect a sample copy of JIPLP so that you can see what it looks like, click http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/jiplp/sample.html

“Practice Points” Section

Contributions to the “Practice Points” section should focus upon how to optimise a particular aspect of IP practice, for example related to drafting, dispute resolution, enforcement, IP licensing, or corporate transactions involving IP and be of c. 2,500-4,500 words in length. Flow-charts, checklists, etc are encouraged. Contributions should be accompanied by an abstract of c. 150-250 words, set out under the following headings:

The author: Please provide a sentence or two about yourself.
This article: Please provide about three paragraphs, summarising the legal context, key points and practical significance of your article.


There is no absolute upper or lower word limit for submissions, but it is expected that the majority of accepted articles will be in the range of circa 1,500 to 7,500 words. Contributions should be accompanied by an abstract of c. 150-250 words, set out under the following headings:

The author: Please provide a sentence or two about yourself.
This article: Please provide about three paragraphs, summarising the legal context, key points and practical significance of your article.


When submitting a review, please include a title for your review, as the title of the text in question will not be used.

In respect of all types of contribution, the Editor and Commissioning Editor will be happy to discuss in advance the suitability of a proposed submission and authors may like to submit a synopsis by email .


Crossref Funding Data Registry
In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here .

Contributions should conform to the guidelines as to style and layout set out below. Footnotes are permitted in all articles except Current Intelligence (see above), but should not be used for making subsidiary arguments, which should be handled in the main body of the article.


Manuscripts must be submitted online. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below please visit the online submission web site . Instructions on submitting your manuscript online can be viewed here .


All contributions will be reviewed by the Editor as to their suitability for inclusion in the journal and be subject to appropriate peer review. Contributors may be asked to revise their contributions before final acceptance and will have an opportunity to review proofs before publication. However, no major changes can be included at proof stage, and corrections must be limited to typographical errors only.


Contributors will retain the copyright in their work. They will however be required to grant Oxford University Press an exclusive licence to publish the article in paper and electronic form, and to confirm that any necessary permissions have been obtained from the copyright owners of any third party material included in the article. Authors will be sent a link to an online licence form when their article is accepted.


Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice can use the following Creative Commons licence for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £2150/ $3400 / €2800

Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £1075 / $1700 / €1400

Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries). Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


If illustrations or figures are to be duplicated from previously published work, written permission must be obtained both from the publisher and the author, and a credit line giving the source added to the relevant Figure Legend. If text material (over 250 words) is to be reproduced from published sources, written permission is required from both publisher and author. For shorter quotations, it is usually sufficient to add a bibliographic credit. The letters containing the permission for the reproduction of either text or illustrations must accompany the typescript. If you have been unable to obtain permission, please indicate this.

Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see the Guidelines for Authors section at http://www.oxfordjournals.org/access_purchase/rights_permissions.html Should you require copies of this then please contact the editorial office of the journal in question or the Oxford Journals Rights department on journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org .


Corresponding authors of published articles (including Current Intelligence, Practice Points and State of the Art) may receive one free copy of the issue in which their article appears. This can be ordered via the author offprints form, a link to which will be sent with the proof. All contributors will also have free online access to a PDF file of their article, to which links can be created from a firm or institutional website.


Style and spelling: Oxford English spelling should be used. Authors whose first language is not English are requested to have their typescripts checked carefully before submission. This will help expedite the review process and avoid confusion. Check the final copy of your paper carefully, as any spelling mistakes and errors may be translated into the typeset version.

General format: Prepare your typescript text using a word-processing package, ideally Microsoft Word (save in .doc or .rtf format). Please do not submit text as a PDF file. Typescripts should be double-spaced, including text, tables, legends and footnotes. Number each page. Type unjustified, hyphenating only compound words. Use the TAB key once for paragraph indents. Where possible use Times New Roman for the text font and Symbol for any Greek and special characters. Use the word processing formatting features to indicate Bold , Italic , Greek, Maths, Superscript and Subscript characters. Please avoid using underline: for cases use italic; for emphasis use bold. Clearly identify unusual symbols and Greek letters. Differentiate between the letter O and zero, and the letters I and l and the number 1. Mark the approximate position of any figure or table.

Headings: The use of sub-headings at regular intervals through each article is encouraged, as it makes articles more easily readable. If you need to use more than one level of heading, please use a consistent hierarchy of headings to ensure that the relevant importance of each heading is clear, for example I. CAPITALS, then A. Bold , then (1) Italics.

Figures: Where articles are to be accompanied by illustrative material, the review process will not begin until all figures are received. Figures should be limited to the number necessary for clarity and must not duplicate data given in tables or in the text. They must be submitted in electronic format and in a separate file to that of the typescript. Figures should be no larger than 125 (height) x 180 (width) mm (5 x 7 inches) and should be prepared at publication quality resolution (a minimum of 300 dpi at final printing size).

Flexible Colour Option All figures submitted to the journal in colour will be published in colour online at no cost (unless the author specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online). Colour figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final sizes. Figure captions must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article.

Photographs: Photographs should be of sufficiently high quality with respect to detail, contrast and fineness of grain to withstand the inevitable loss of contrast and detail inherent in the printing process.

Line drawings: Please provide these as clear, sharp illustrations, suitable for reproduction as submitted. All labelling should be on the original.

Tables: Tables should be typed with double spacing, but minimising redundant space, and each should be placed on a separate sheet. Tables should be submitted, wherever possible, in a portrait, as opposed to landscape, layout. Each Table should be numbered in sequence using Arabic numerals. Tables should also have a title above and an explanatory footnote below.

Acknowledgements: All sources of funding and support, and substantive contributions of individuals, should be noted in the first footnote to the Article.


In Current Intelligence articles, references should be kept to a minimum and given in brackets within the main text of the article. In all other articles, references should usually be given in footnotes. Footnotes should be identified in the text by Arabic numerals and numbered in the order cited. Complete information should be given for each reference cited.

Citation examples:

JH Baker, An Introduction to English Legal History (3rd edn OUP Oxford 1990) 419–421

SC Manon, ‘Rights of water abstraction in the Common Law’ (1965) 83 LQR 47, 49–51
J Griffiths, ‘Copyright in English Literature: Denying the Public Domain’ [2000] EIPR 150, 151

Contributions to books:
A Ashworth, ‘Belief, Intent and Criminal Liability’ in J Eekelaar and J Bell (eds), Oxford Essays in Jurisprudence (3rd Series, OUP Oxford 1987) 1, 6


UK: Bowman v Fussy [1978] RPC 545, HL

CJEU: Judgment in Bristol-Myers Squibb v Paranova, C-427/93, EU:C:1996:282, para 23.
or Opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb v Paranova, C-427/93, EU:C:1995:440, para 23.

EPO: T585/92 Unilever/Deodorant Detergent [1996] OJEPO 129

OHIM: R7/97-3 Orange Personal Communications Services/Orange [1998] ETMR 343

In general when citing other legal materials, authors should use the approved form that is standard in the jurisdiction in question; above all consistency within the article is paramount.

There is a new method of citing the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the basis of the ECLI (European Case-Law Identifier). The ECLI is composed of the following four mandatory sections, in addition to the prefix ‘ECLI': the code corresponding to the Member State of the court or tribunal concerned or to the European Union where it is an EU Court; the abbreviation corresponding to the court which gave the decision; the year of the decision; an order number of a maximum of 25 alphanumeric characters, in a format decided by each Member State or supranational court or tribunal concerned. The order number may not contain any punctuation sign other than full stops (‘.') or colons (‘:'), the latter separating the sections of an ECLI.

For example, the ECLI of the judgment of the Court of Justice of 12 July 2005 in Case C-403/03 Schempp is the following:


It is broken down as follows:
‘EU' indicates that it is a decision delivered by an EU Court or Tribunal (if the decision were one of a national court, the code corresponding to the relevant Member State would appear in the place of ‘EU');
‘C' indicates that this decision was delivered by the Court of Justice. If the decision were delivered by the General Court or by the Civil Service Tribunal, the indicator would be ‘T' or ‘F' respectively;
‘2005' indicates that the decision was delivered during 2005;
‘446' indicates that it is the 446th ECLI

For further guidance on points of citation style, contributors should consult the Oxford Standard Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) .


Supporting material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the typescript, but would nevertheless benefit the reader, can be made available by the publisher as online-only content, linked to the online typescript. The material should not be essential to understanding the conclusions of the paper, but should contain data that is additional or complementary and directly relevant to the article content. Such information might include more detailed analysis, extended data sets/data analysis, lists of related materials, or colour versions of/additional figures.

All text and figures must be provided in suitable electronic formats on which the journal’s Commissioning Editor or Production Editor can advise. All material to be considered as Supplementary data must be submitted at the same time as the main typescript for peer review. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication. Please indicate clearly the material intended as Supplementary data upon submission. Also ensure that the Supplementary data is referred to in the main typescript where necessary.


Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding contributor. Please provide an e-mail address to enable page proofs to be sent as PDF files via e-mail. These should be checked thoroughly for any possible layout or typographic errors. Significant alterations instigated at this stage by the contributor will be charged to the contributor.

It is the intention of the Editor to review, edit and publish your article as quickly possible. To achieve this it is important that all of your corrections are returned to the Production Editor in one all-inclusive email or fax. Subsequent additional corrections will not be possible, so please ensure that your first communication is complete.

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