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About the Journal

A peer-reviewed, biannual publication of the University of Illinois College of Law.

The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy (JLTP) is a biannual peer-reviewed law journal, established at the University of Illinois in 2001. JLTP’s mission is to publish pieces on new technologies that raise important policy questions in both foreign and domestic jurisdictions, and to discuss the laws, regulations, and policies that affect technological development and innovation.


The two issues per year focus on technological innovation, policy, and the field of intellectual property. Each issue features articles by professors, judges, and practitioners and student-written notes. Additionally, JLTP continuously publishes practical pieces and perspectives (PP&P): short-form works focused on recent developments at the intersection of law, technology, and policy. The collaboration of JLTP’s members, editors, faculty, and contributing scholars adds unique and diverse perspectives to the discussion of the legal implications of technology.

JLTP is available exclusively online in order to publish cutting-edge scholarly works through a continuous publishing schedule. JLTP is indexed by HeinOnline, LEXIS, and Westlaw.


JLTP is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.




To join the Journal, rising 2L and 3L students at the College of Law are invited to participate in the Joint Writing Competition (“JWC”) held each May. JWC is a collaboration between JLTP and the two other journals at the College of Law: the University of Illinois Law Review and the University of Illinois Elder Law Journal.

Participants are required to write a note based on a closed-universe packet and complete a Bluebook citation exercise. Selected students will receive offers to join JLTP before the fall semester begins.



Peer Review

Content published by JLTP is “double-blind” peer-reviewed. Facilitated by the Faculty Editors-in-Chief, submissions recommended for tentative acceptance undergo peer review on a double-blind basis. The JLTP Editorial Board is responsible for the mechanical edit, cite check, and page proof processes.



Publication Ethics and Malpractice

JLTP is dedicated to upholding the highest ethical standards in all aspects of publication. We ensure integrity, objectivity, and confidentiality in the review process.


Responsibilities of Participants:

  • Editors: Evaluate submissions based on academic merit without bias. Responsible for handling misconduct and ethical issues in publication.
  • Reviewers: Assist in the editorial decision-making process, maintain confidentiality, and declare any conflicts of interest.
  • Authors: Guarantee the originality of their work, avoid plagiarism, and disclose any conflicts of interest. Responsible for the accuracy of their submissions and correcting significant errors if discovered post-publication.


JLTP reserves the right to use plagiarism detection software to screen submitted papers at all times. In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism, appropriate action will be taken, including, but not limited to, retracting or correcting articles.



Copyright and License

Once an article is selected for publication, the copyright in the article shall remain with the author. The author shall grant JLTP a royalty-free, perpetual license to publish, reproduce, distribute, and display the article in a scholarly journal. The license shall be exclusive for 12 months.


The author shall retain the right to publish the article on their personal or institutional web pages or an open access online repository (such as SSRN), provided that the publication lists JLTP as the source of original or upcoming publication.



Feedback from Past Authors

"My experience publishing with the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy was very positive. The Journal is a great publication and a wonderful resource. I feel privileged to have been able to contribute to it."

- James F. Holderman, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois


"The editorial team at JLTP were excellent. They conducted their work with quiet and respectful efficiency whilst giving me significant intellectual scope to complete my article as desired. It was a pleasant experience publishing with JLTP and I would certainly consider publishing with the journal again in the future."

- Dr. Mark Burdon, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland - Australia


"I appreciated the opportunity to publish in a peer reviewed US-based journal. Happy to say something to the effect of the importance of peer review as quality control (which we have in Australia)."

- Lyria Bennett Moses JSD, Senior Lecturer, The University of New South Wales


"I had a very good experience working with your journal. I found your staff to be courteous and professional."

- Michael C. McNerney, United States Department of Defense


"I was published in the Fall issue of the 2009 volume. I found the editors and staff to be very professional and timely in their communications, and the editorial staff went above and beyond the call of duty in their citation review, with numerous useful suggestions for improvement. I also found the Peer Review process to be beneficial, and appreciated the effort made by the peer reviewer. As not all Law Journals provide this added service, it seems to me that JLTP may want to further highlight this distinguishing characteristic."

- Frank Douma, Research Fellow and Associate Director, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota


"I found publishing in the Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy to be uniquely gratifying. The double-blind peer review provided substantive commentary that allowed me to improve the quality of my paper immensely. The editors were professional and timely and provided critical corrections and edits."

- Samuel F. Ernst, Assistant Professor of Law, Fowler School of Law at Chapman University


"My experience publishing with the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy was wonderful. The journal is an organized and quality publication. I feel privileged to have been chosen for publication."

- Michael Park


"The JLTP editorial team was great to work with. They were determined to help me make my note the best that it could be."

- Angelica Nizio


"I had a great experience with the Journal of Law, Technology & Policy. I am very fortunate to have had my student Note published in such a respected publication. The staff at JLTP was easy to work with and did a fantastic job of providing suggestions and citation help."

- Andrew Nevill

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