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Article Submission

1. Manuscripts relating to intellectual property matters may be submitted for consideration for publication.  AIPLA only accepts submissions of previously unpublished work.  The Journal has a strict first-publication policy.

2. Authors should submit an electronic copy of the manuscript to the journal offices at The George Washington University Law School, via e-mail, at, or online, at Submission of a manuscript implies that it is an original, unpublished work.  

3. The AIPLA Quarterly Journal does not publish student articles, but will consider note submissions from AIPLA Student Members that comply with all other guidelines herein.  Note submissions must be submitted between April 15 and May 1 of each year to be considered for publication. Once the review process has begun, no more entries will be accepted until the following year’s process begins anew. The AIPLA Editorial Board collectively reviews all note-submissions blindly to fill the available slots for the year, and Student Members can expect to hear final publication decisions by the end of the summer or start of the fall. AIPLA Student Members must indicate their status as a member on their submission and provide their AIPLA Membership ID Number along with their submission.  

4. Manuscripts (text and footnotes) should be typewritten and double-spaced with one inch margins. All pages should be consecutively numbered. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers. The total number of words including the text and footnotes should be between 5,000 and 20,000 words.

5. In preparing text and footnotes, authors should consult the style presented in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review et al. eds., 19th ed. or newest version available). Parallel citation to U.S.P.Q. should be included where applicable. For questions of literary style not included in The Bluebook, authors should consult The Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press, 16th ed. 2010, or newest version available).

6. All citations should be placed in the footnotes, even if the authority is mentioned in the text.

7. The editors reserve the right to make alterations and corrections for grammar and syntax.

8. To preserve professional objectivity, an article may not be based upon a pending or recently concluded litigation in which the author(s) or authors' firm is or was involved as counsel of record, absent an appropriate disclosure.