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5 Luglio 2020

Cooling Off - Intellectual Property Alternative Dispute Resolution Law & Practice Review (IP ADR LP R) is a newly established international quaterly professional and scientific peer-reviewed journal published by MFSD, an Italian IP Mediation and Arbitration Center, accredited since 2001 by “.it” Registry to deal with domains disputes registered under country code Top Level Domain .it, since 2012 by Italian Minister of Justice to deal with IP mediation procedures and since 2013 accredited as Training IP Mediation Center. It will provide a platform for debate on European and international Intellectual Property (IP) alternative dispute resolution (ADR) issues. Cooling Off will publish professional and academic debates, policy interventions and practice-focused pieces.

Cooling Off enjoys the support of an Advisory Board drawn from the private practice, judiciary, academia from European Union and beyond.

Cooling Off is calling for submissions to its inaugural issue (n° 0) which will be published in February 2014.


Submissions may be in the form of articles, notes and book reviews. Cooling Off sets no minimum length for submissions, but they should generally have a minimun of 3500 and not exceed 12000 words (articles), 5000 words (book reviews and case notes) or 2000 words (opinion and practice pieces).

Please send submissions to Cooling Off’s managing editors Pierfrancesco C. Fasano and Stefano Monguzzi by December 15th, 2013 via email to

Guidelines for contributors

The editors welcome the submission of manuscripts in English for consideration for publication. Cooling Off accepts manuscripts of three types. These are:

  • Articles of 3500-12000 words including footnotes; which focus on IP ADR law or policy issues.
  • Notes of 1000 – 5000 words; which focus on legislation, case law and IP ADR practice related issues.
  • Book reviews of 1000—2000 words which critically engage with professional or academic books on IP ADR law and policy.

Contributors to Cooling Off must comply with our guidelines and style, a summary of which is reproduced below.

A. A manuscript will be considered for publication

  • only on the assurance that it has not in whole or in part or in substance been published or offered for publication elsewhere
  • on the understanding that it may be submitted in confidence to an expert referee or expert referees for evaluation
  • on the understanding that the editors reserve the right to make what changes they consider desirable
  • (a) to bring the manuscript into the house style of the Cooling Off
  • (b) to eliminate errors of typing, grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling, idiom and the like
  • (c) to eliminate ambiguity, illogicality, tautology, circumlocution and redundancy
  • (d) to produce accuracy and coherence
  • (e) to improve the mode of expression and style of writing
  • (f) to avoid possible criminal or civil liability.

Authors are required to read their manuscripts very carefully to avoid the need for the editors to exercise these rights extensively. In particular, authors are asked to check the typescript or computer print-out and to acquaint themselves with the house style of Cooling Off. Note in particular:

  • words in a foreign language are not printed in italics but in roman print; but if they are in italics in a quotation, they must be left so
  • the name of the author of a book or article cited should on the first occasion it is mentioned be given in full exactly as the author gives it. The title of a book is to be in italics (if need be, to be indicated by underlining), with edition, year of publication, section or paragraph number (if any) and page number (preceded by p if there is a section or paragraph number). Thus: John Smith The Law of Contract 3 ed (1996) § 27 p 160; Peter J Bull Servitudes (1996) para 17 p 221; Mary Grey International Law 2 ed (1992) 270. The title of an article is to be in roman type, surrounded by single quotation marks. The name of the journal is to be in italics, in full (except for LJ, LR and Univ). The year and volume number (if any) are to be given.
  • 'section', with reference to an enactment, is spelt in full as the first word of a sentence, but otherwise is 's' (plural 'ss'); subsection is 'subsec' (plural 'subsecs')
  • 'section' with reference to a book or certain foreign codes of law is § (plural §§)
  • cross-references — some hints: See note 21. Op cit note 21 at 367. In the work cited in note 21. See also s 7. See text to note 21. At 367n23. In Regal's case supra note 65 at 667D-E. Loc cit [meaning 'in the place cited']. Idem [meaning 'the same']. Ibid [meaning 'in the same place']
  • quotation marks are single —' '— but within a quotation are double —" ".


B. Generally, only articles carry footnotes. An article is a detailed analysis of a legal issue. It should not exceed 12 000 words. Other material (notes and book reviews) as a rule incorporates references in the text.

C. A would-be contributor is urged to comply with these requests

  • all material should be in document format, in double spacing (subject to the next rule), with margins of at least 4 cm, on A4 paper, each paragraph to start with an indented line.
  • short quotations are to be within the text; long quotations are normally to begin on a new line, to be indented one space, to observe the paragraphing of the original, and typed preferably in one-and-a-half space
  • the footnotes of an article should be numbered consecutively in arabic numerals in superscript after any punctuation mark, and without any surrounding bracket or full stop.
  • the author of an article is to supply his or her university degrees, professional qualifications and professional or academic status for publication
  • any other author is to supply his or her professional or academic status for publication
  • every quotation and every reference is to be carefully checked for accuracy.

D. A would-be contributor will enjoy the following benefits:

  • scientific and/or professional publication rights reserved under the Italian copyright law (Cooling Off is a review registered at the Court of Milan, distinguished by The International Standard Serial Number - ISSN - an internationally accepted code which identifies the title of serial publications, by the Legal Deposit in the Italian Archive Legal Journals - Library Court of Rome)
  • sending pdf issue of journal and single article and an hardcopy limited issues
  • if Cooling Off issue will be sold, the contributor will receive 5% of the issue price as one single royalty per each issue sold, or if the article is sold, 50% of the price as royalties will be payed by April 30rd of the year following to the pubblication year
  • participate in the annual "Cooling Off" award for the best article
  • receive a 10% discount on events organized or promoted by MFSD
  • quotation of a brief CV and e-mail
  • access free of charge to the materials published on

For enquiries, please contact:

Pierfrancesco C. Fasano and Stefano Monguzzi - Managing Editors (Cooling Off - IP ADR Law and Pratice Review), MFSD srl, via Beatrice d’Este 20 - 20122 Milano Italy - Tel No: +39 02  2 91471104 

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