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Vol. 33 No. 4
July-August 2011

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives.
See also www.iupac.org/projects

List of Keywords for Polymer Science Journals

The objective of this recently initiated project of the Polymer Division is to create a list of the most representative keywords that cover all aspects of polymer science (polymer chemistry, polymer physics, polymer technology, polymer properties), which will be presented to publishers and editors of polymer science journals as a recommended list of keywords.

Scientific literature searches are primarily conducted by way of computer database searches using keywords that are supplied by the authors. The selection of keywords that best describe the content of a publication is therefore very important. Some publishers of polymer science–related journals provide a recommended list of keywords from which authors may select the most relevant terms; other publishers do not. In the latter case authors are asked to provide a few keywords according to their best understanding of the content. Different authors may use different gradations of importance of the best terms describing the content of their publication, which may introduce some ambiguity and make the literature search less accurate. In addition, some terms describing newly discovered phenomena may be not included in an existing list of keywords.

The terms will be selected from:

  • the available lists of keywords
  • the most cited publications in polymer science within the last 10 years
  • papers published in polymer journals with the highest impact factor
  • published IUPAC terminology recommendations

Careful study has been conducted for more than two years on behalf of the Subcommittee on Polymer Terminology to establish the feasibility of such a project, and has concluded that the polymer field lends itself to such a venture and its success, which will result in a valuable tool for authors and publishers alike.

For more information, contact Task Group Chair Przemyslaw Kubisa <pkubisa@bilbo.cbmm.lodz.pl>.

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