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Author Guidelines

The Editorial Board of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law & Policy invites the submission of unsolicited manuscripts.  JTLP accepts submissions for its Spring and Fall editions electronically by contacting  JTLP also accepts unsolicited manuscripts via ExpressO for evaluation.

Type of Content:

Submissions may include articles, essays, book reviews, case notes, or comments concerning any aspect of the relationship between technology and the law. If any portion of a manuscript has been previously published, the author should so indicate. On certain scholarly works, the Journal will publish concurrently with another Journal.  We welcome any content with a focus on the Pittsburgh region.

Article Format:

Authors may submit manuscripts in electronic or hardcopy form, though electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. Electronic submissions should be sent as attachments in Microsoft Word format to  Authors should submit double-spaced, single-sided manuscripts with generous margins. We regret that submissions cannot be returned. Authors should retain an exact copy of any material submitted. All citations should conform to THE BLUEBOOK: A UNIFORM SYSTEM OF CITATION (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 18th ed. 2005). In addition, the author should include his or her credentials, including full name, degrees earned, academic or professional affiliations, and citations to all previously published legal articles

Submission Procedure and Evaluation Process:

JTLP evaluation lasts approximately four weeks.  Once an author receives an offer, JTLP ensures publication in a timely fashion, provided the author is available to communicate frequently with the Journal.


Mailing Address

JTLP highly prefers electronic submissions sent as Microsoft Word attachments to, but also accepts hardcopy manuscripts sent to:

Executive Editors
Pittsburgh Journal of Technolgy Law & Policy
University of Pittsburgh
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260

All other inquires may be sent to the Executive Editors at



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice


1.                   Author's Grant of Rights in Work to Journal.

a.       The Author hereby grants to the Journal the right of first publication of the Work.

b.      The Author hereby grants to the Journal and its agents the royalty-free, nonexclusive perpetual right and license to publish, archive, and make accessible the Work in whole or in part in all forms of media now or hereafter known under a Creative Commons 3.0 License (Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works), or its equivalent, which, for the avoidance of doubt, allows others to copy, distribute, and transmit the Work under the following conditions:

i.                     Attribution-other users must attribute the Work in the manner specified by the Author  as indicated on the Journal's Website;

ii.                   Noncommercial-other users (including the Journal) may not use this Work for commercial purposes;

iii.                  No Derivative Works-other users (including the Journal) may not alter, transform, or build upon this Work;

with the understanding that any of the above conditions can be waived by or with the permission of the Author and that where the Work or any of its elements is in the public domain or subject to re-use as a matter of fair use or fair dealing or otherwise under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by this grant of rights. 

c.       The Author authorizes the Journal to edit the Work prior to publication, but the Work shall not be published by the Journal unless it is acceptable in its final form to both the Author and the Journal.



2.                   Author's Retention of Rights in the Work.

a.       The Author retains the copyright in the Work. 

b.      The Author is permitted to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the nonexclusive distribution of the Journal's published version of the Work (e.g., post the Work to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), so long the subsequent publication contains an acknowledgement and credit of the first publication in this Journal.

c.       The Author is permitted and encouraged to post online a manuscript of the Work in institutional repositories or on a Website prior to publication of the Work, including but not limited to repositories maintained and/or hosted by SSRN and Bepress.  The Author agrees on a best efforts basis to include with any such posting, upon publication of the Work, (i) a reference to the DOI (Digital Object Identifier, explained at assigned to the Work; (ii) a link to the online abstract for the final published Work in the Journal; and (iii) the citation to the published version of the Work.



3.            Author's Representations and Warranties

a.            The Author represents and warrants that to the best of the Author's knowledge:

                                                               i.      the Work is the Author's original work, and the Author has the power to convey the rights granted in this Agreement;

                                                             ii.      the Author has not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the Work to any third party;

                                                            iii.      the Work has not previously been published, in whole or in part, except as mutually agreed to in writing by both the Author and the Journal.

                                                           iv.      the Work contains no misrepresentation or infringement of the Work or property of other authors or third parties; and

                                                             v.      the Work contains no matter that is defamatory, violates an person's right of privacy, right of publicity, civil right, interest in confidential or proprietary information, or that is otherwise unlawful.

b.                  Upon the Journal's request, the Author agrees to furnish promptly to Journal, at the Author's own expense, written evidence of the permissions, licenses, and consents for use of third-party material included within the Work, except as determined by the Journal to be covered by the principles of fair use.

c.                   The Author agrees to indemnify and hold the Journal harmless from the Author's breach of any of the representations and warranties contained in this Paragraph 3, as well as any claim or proceeding relating to or deriving from the Journal's use and publication of any content contained in the Work, including third-party content



4.            Final Agreement

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Author and the Journal with respect to the publication and copyright of the Work.   Any modifications of or additions to the terms of this Agreement shall be mutually agreed to in writing by both Author and Journal. 



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