International Free and Open Source Software Law Review seeks scholarly legal contributions
=== CALL FOR PAPERS - INTERNATIONAL FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE LAW REVIEW ===
19th November 2009
The 'International Free and Open Source Software Law Review' (IFOSS L. Rev. or IFOSSLR) is a peer reviewed biannual journal for high-level analysis and debate about Free and Open Source Software legal issues. It is published by an independent Editorial Committee and seeks submissions from qualified authors in a variety of research areas, blending the strengths of legal rigour and outstanding technical and community awareness.
The topics covered by the publication include copyright, licence implementation, licence interpretation, patents applicable to software and business methods, standards applicable to software, case law, statutory changes, license enforcement, competition law applicable to software, economics of Free and Open Source Software , Free and Open Source Software business models and due diligence of Free and Open Source Software.
IFOSS L. Rev. is the first legal publication to focus specifically on issues facing Free and Open Source Software, a highly successful community-driven development paradigm that rewards cooperative production.
== Full-length articles ==
IFOSS L. Rev. accepts full-length researched articles on legal issues of interest to the publication's readership. All accepted submissions are peer-reviewed. No fixed length is prescribed, but 2500 – 5000 words is a useful indicative range.
== Legislative Review ==
This section contains briefs on recent or upcoming changes to legislation relevant to Free and Open Source Software. Articles discuss the main implications of the legislative change, set out the context of prior law, and indicate how governmental policy and/or international law will affect implementation. All accepted submissions are peer- reviewed. No fixed length is prescribed, but 1500 – 3000 words is a useful indicative range.
== Case Law Reports ==
The focus of this section is reports on recent developments in case law that offer commentary on the legal and policy implications of the decisions. Articles are peer-reviewed where appropriate. No fixed length is prescribed, but 500 – 3000 words is a useful indicative range.
== Book Reviews ==
IFOSS L. Rev. accepts reviews of recent literature relevant to Free and Open Source Software. Book reviews are normally 500 – 2000 words in length, and should critically analyse the main arguments of the literature under examination. Further, they should indicate the reviewer's assessment of the literature's usefulness to IFOSS L. Rev's readership, its novelty of approach, its factual accuracy and its relevance to current debates.
== Tech Watch ==
IFOSS L. Rev. prides itself on outstanding industry awareness and cross-disciplinary reach. Tech Watch is therefore offered as a forum to set contemporary technical and social issues in the Free and Open Source community into their legal context. These discussions may form the basis of subsequent detailed examination by other contributors. Tech Watch columns take a in short essay form, and are expected to be between 500 and 2000 words in length. They are usually written by non-lawyers.
== SUBMISSIONS PROCESS ==
Submissions are now being sought for publication in 2010. Articles can be submitted to IFOSS L. Rev. at:
Submissions should adhere to the publication's editorial and style guidelines listed at:
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