Guest Post Submission Guidelines

The objective of this blog is to promote discourse in areas of IP and Technology Laws, and create a repository of recent developments in the same fields. In keeping with these objectives, we welcome essays and blogposts from readers to add a different perspective to the discourse.

Those desirous of submitting the blogpost may send in their submissions at iptls@nujs.edu. The submissions must adhere to the following guidelines.

General Advice

Posts on the NUJS IPTLS Blog are academically helpful, not self-promotional. Thus, language is expected to be conversational, and usage of jargon or corporate speak is not appreciated.

Requirements

The following are mandatory rules applicable to all blogposts for the NUJS IPTLS Blog.

  • Word count:
    – The minimum word count is 800 words and the maximum is 1200 words. However, exceptions may be created keeping in mind the quality of the submission.
  • Format for sharing:
    – The blogpost should be in a Word Document (any version post 2007, including Word 2007).
    – The blogpost, upon completion of drafting, formatting and fact-check should be emailed to iptls@nujs.edu.
  • Links and citations:
    – Wherever relevant and wherever necessary, hyperlinks may be added within the text of the blogpost to the authority you are relying on.
    – The authority you reference can be either an academic paper; news snippets from newspapers, magazines and news blogs; blog posts and webpages or judgments. This list however is not exhaustive. However, please check the relevance of the content you rely on as well as the credibility of the source.
    – As far as possible, hyperlink authority instead of adding citations to the blog. Too many citations disincentivize readers from actually reading the cited authorities.
    – However, in case you wish to separately cite authority as well, the same may be done. However, authors are to add citations in the form of endnotes only.
    -Citations must be in accordance to OSCOLA, and a spelling and grammar check has to be performed before you give your Reviewer the post for checking. The duty of the Reviewer is to perform a fact and law check on the blogpost and send it back to the Mentor for corrections/submission, as the case may be.

Eg:

But who were the ‘masses’? How could one tell them apart from what, in a different discursive realm, would have been identified as the ‘anti-masses’? Four months later, Kang Sheng – a member of the Politburo Standing Committee described by his foreign biographers as Mao’s ‘evil genius’ ¹ – spelled out the heuristic rule-of-thumb to be employed to tell the apparent from the real ‘masses’: ‘Whoever opposes [CCP Vice-Chairman] Lin [Biao] or Chairman Mao is a counter-revolutionary. They are not the masses, but the enemies of the masses’.

[End of the document]
[1] John Byron and Robert Pack, The Claws of the Dragon: Kang Sheng – The Evil Genius Behind Mao – and His Legacy of Terror in People’s China (New York: Simon & Shuster, 1992).

  • Paragraph length and spacing:
    – Paragraphs should ideally be short and no more than 8-10 lines.
    – Each paragraph should be separated only by a single space.
  • Blog Layout:
    – 
    Use of headers and sub-headers is appreciated so as to avoid big blocks of text.
    – When writing headlines be specific and indicate a benefit to the reader. Read “How to Write a Headlines” if you need pointers.
    – Use of bullets or numbers is also appreciated.
    – An deal conclusion to a blog post should either be a conclusion or a call for action. Vague conclusions to blogposts are not appreciated.
  • Images:
    – The NUJS IPTLS fully supports the use of images in blogposts. They can be used to break up text, make the blog post scannable and to substantiate data. Ideally, include one image at every scroll depth, so an image is always visible. Here is a great example.
    – Include one header image
    – All post images must be at least 710px wide.
    – NO STOCK PHOTOS (unless absolutely necessary, which is hardly ever).
    – Include images that illustrate “how to” do something or images that support data.
    – If the image is original, please indicate so. If the image has been found from elsewhere, please provide a short description of where the image was sourced.
    Eg: [title of image], accessed from here (hyperlink the website from which the image was sourced to ‘here’)
  • Author bio:
    – Author bios cannot exceed 50 words, and should be succinct. Please include your professional details as well.
    – Links to your Twitter account, Linked account and other social media platforms can be provided.
  • Exclusivity

Bloggers are requested to ensure that their blogs have not published in any form elsewhere prior to publication on the NUJS IPTLS Blog and are not published in any form elsewhere subsequent to their publication on the NUJS IPTLS Blog.

  • Promoting

Please plan to promote your post throughout your social networks. We ask that you share it more than once on multiple networks over multiple days. The time frame and scheduling is up to you.

 

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