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Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property is the only IP journal with an Impact Factor included in the Social Sciences Citation Index.

Intellectual property law attracts diverse international attention and warrants considered scholarship and analysis. Not only is this an area of detailed practice and study, but also a significant part of each citizen's daily life. From the question of access to products to concerns for the creative and innovative process, this area of law is of considerable interest to scholars and the general public alike. Modern intellectual property practice and scholarship is necessarily interdisciplinary, intersecting not only with other areas of law, but also with cultural and socio-economic approaches to knowledge. Contemporary research considers the operation of intellectual property in the context of human rights, social, political and economic spheres. Engaging the diversity of perspectives on these important issues is essential to comprehensive debate, and it is this richness of debate and interrogation to which QMJIP seeks to participate, by publishing high quality contributions to the field.

As an extension of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute's reputation as one of the foremost centres for intellectual property research and education, QMJIP has become an important forum for quality scholarship in this field, publishing full-length articles as well as analysis pieces and case reports, on a quarterly basis.

QMJIP is overseen by Editor in Chief, Professor Johanna Gibson (Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of QMIPRI) and Consultant Editor Lord Hoffmann (former judge of the House of Lords and Honorary Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London), who will focus always on providing a journal that assembles significant and timely contributions to this important field of law.

Editor in Chief

Johanna Gibson, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Consultant Editor

Lord Hoffmann, Honorary Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Editorial Board

The outstanding quality of the editorial team and distinguished international advisory board ensures that this journal makes an important contribution to expanding critical and intellectual debate in the scholarship of intellectual property law, policy and development.

  • Professor Martin J. Adelman, Theodore and James Pedas Family Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law, George Washington University, USA
  • Professor Tanya Aplin, King's College London, UK
  • Professor Michael Blakeney, The University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Professor Kathy Bowrey, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Professor Irene Calboli, Singapore Management University School of Law, Singapore
  • Professor Carlos Correa, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Professor Manuel Desantes, Professor of Private International Law, University of Alicante, Spain
  • Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, Global Professor of Intellectual Property Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, USA
  • Professor Abraham Drassinower, Chair in the Legal, Ethical and Cultural Implications of Technological Innovation, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss, Pauline Newman Professor of Law, New York University, USA
  • Professor Susy Frankel, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Professor Dev Gangjee, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Christophe Geiger, CEIPI, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Professor Gustavo Ghidini, University of Milan and Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy
  • Professor Frederik Willem Grosheide, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Professor Hugh Hansen, Fordham University, USA
  • Professor Chris Huang, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University College, London, UK
  • Professor Phillip Johnson, Cardiff University, UK
  • Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, Chair in Law and Economics, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Professor Vytautas Mizaras, Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Professor Sam Ricketson, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Professor Janis Rozenfelds, University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Professor Brad Sherman, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Professor Peter Yu, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A&M University School of Law, USA

Book Reviews Editor

  • Shane Burke, Cardiff University, UK (


Four issues a year
ISSN Print 2045-9807
ISSN Online 2045-9815

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Call for Papers and Author Guidelines

The QMJIP is a quarterly double-blind peer-reviewed academic journal by the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute and is based at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom. Building upon Queen Mary's already formidable reputation for research in intellectual property, the journal fosters academic discourse of the highest standard. It deals with both domestic and international issues, and covers the full range of substantive IP topics.

The editors seek high quality contributions of between 7,000-12,000 words from academics or practitioners working in the field. Examples of suitable topics for submission include, but are not limited to:

• Copyright/authorship issues
• Patent issues
• Trade-mark issues
• Protection of new technologies
• Software protection
• Biotechnological developments
• Licensing
• Litigation and settlement issues
• E-commerce law
• New Internet applications and developments
• Information technology law
• Jurisdictional issues
• Creative Industries
• Intellectual Property and Legal Theory
• International accords
• Opportunities for harmonisation
• Enforcement issues
• Jurisdictional comparisons
• Economic perspectives on intellectual property rights and developments
• Competition, human rights, health, and environmental law issues as they relate to intellectual property.

Submissions and editorial queries should be sent to Johanna Gibson - Editor in Chief:
Book review submissions should be sent to Shane Burke:

Style/Submissions Guide 

Article manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with our house style guidelines: QMJIP Guidance

The final version of your article should be accompanied by a completed copy of the Author Information Form: QMJIP Author Information Form

Terms of publication

If your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign our standard Contributor Agreement: QMJIP Licence to Publish

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Journal Interlibrary Loan Policy

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