Calling all authors

I'd just like to take this opportunity, through the medium of this weblog, of sending a brief message to our authors.
  • First, I'd like to thank you for your hard work, which has helped to give JIPLP a reputation for quality content. Writing an article -- which many people regard as a challenge -- is actually the easy bit. Polishing it, addressing peer reviewers' concerns, checking the proofs -- these are unglamorous tasks which must be tackled before the raw material of the author's ideas and perceptions is repackaged as an article, a current intelligence note or a review.
  • Secondly, I'd like to remind you that, while JIPLP has a policy of actively commissioning articles, the journal is always willing to receive suggestions from authors regarding topics or jurisdictions that are not often covered by IP publications. No author should need to feel that his or her particular area of interest or zone of professional activity is a disqualification from proposing a topic or writing on it.
  • Thirdly, this is a general reminder, to a number of current authors who have promised to let us have their work-in-progress when the summer comes, that the summer has come!
All inquiries concerning possible articles and current intelligence notes should be directed at first instance to the Commissioning Editor, Sarah Harris, since she can confirm such mundane matters as whether an article or note on a particular issue has already been received or commissioned by anyone else. Sarah can also advise on the mechanical side of things: deadlines, how the peer review process works, the form in which an article must be submitted online, when to expect to receive proofs and so on.  If you want to copy me in to your email to Sarah, please feel free to do so: my email is

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