Pure and Applied Chemistry is the
official monthly Journal of IUPAC, with responsibility for publishing
works arising from those international scientific events and projects
that are sponsored and undertaken by the Union. The policy is to publish
highly topical and credible works at the forefront of all aspects of
pure and applied chemistry, and the attendant goal is to secure widespread
acceptance of the Journal as an essential holding in academic and institutional
Pure Appl. Chem. publishes collections of papers based upon
authoritative lectures presented at IUPAC sponsored events, most usually
those of plenary or main lecturers. In exceptional circumstances, determined
through prior negotiation, this may be extended to include selected
contributions by a broader cross-section of participants. In addition,
papers or collections of papers on topics of compelling scientific interest
may be published by invitation or arrangement, as Special Topic features.
Unsolicited manuscripts are not normally considered for publication.
Pure Appl. Chem. is also the designated medium for publication
of recommendations, technical reports on standardization, recommended
procedures, data compilations, and collaborative studies of IUPAC bodies.
Publication Policy for Conference Outputs
A collection of papers based upon a Conference, Symposium or Workshop
is expected to capture the scientific impact and topicality of the theme,
and furnish readers with an indispensable archival resource. Conference
papers are typically short critical overviews of specialized topics,
and authors have considerable latitude in emphasizing review content
or disclosing hitherto unpublished findings. Pure Appl. Chem.
aspires to offer readers distinctive insights into new science that
complement rather than compete or conflict with those published in the
primary research literature.
A critical overview based upon a plenary presentation may occupy up
to perhaps 12 Journal pages (at ~ 1000 words per page), whereas other
forms of Conference presentation will usually be shorter (6 to 8 Journal
pages), and may even incorporate a short experimental section to exemplify
and underpin new findings. However guidelines on manuscript content
and length are applied flexibly, and authors are welcome to explore
the scope for departing from these guidelines, in consultation with
the Scientific Editor.
Much emphasis is placed upon representative, rapid and scientifically
useful publication of Conference outputs. Accordingly, invited authors
are encouraged to make every effort to participate, and to adhere to
the prescribed timetable for submission of manuscripts.
See Information for Symposium/
Conference Editors (pdf)
Peer Review of Conference Outputs
All manuscripts based upon Conference outputs are subjected to peer
review and authors are invited to facilitate this process by nominating
up to three prospective referees whose critical evaluation they would
Some or all of these referees may be approached to assist the Conference
Editor and/or Scientific Editor in assessing and preparing manuscripts
for publication. The Conference Editor may exercise the option to manage
peer review of plenary or main lecture manuscripts as a function of
the Organizing Committee. Alternatively, the responsibility for managing
peer review may be delegated to the Scientific Editor, who will consult
referees nominated by authors or the Conference Editor.
See Notes for Reviewers
Any individual or interest group involved in IUPAC activities may submit
proposals to the Scientific Editor, for consideration as Special Topics.
A decisive prerequisite is compelling scientific interest. New and emerging
sub-disciplines of the chemistry are appropriate candidates, and multidisciplinary
interfaces offer outstanding opportunities for publicizing the societal
relevance and centrality of chemical sciences. Special Topic contributions
are evaluated and published in accordance with standard Pure Appl.
Chem. policy and practice.
IUPAC sponsored events are the most usual source of Special Topic collections
of works, which may take up to about 250 pages and occupy an entire
issue of the Journal. However, shorter collections or even individual
feature articles may be considered as Special Topics. Individuals
are welcome to propose and motivate subjects for such consideration.
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Summary of Publication Priorities
- The core business of Pure Appl. Chem. is to publish representative
collections of works arising from regular IUPAC sponsored events and
IUPAC projects. Those Conferences having an established record of
support and topicality enjoy priority, and particularly meritorious
candidates may qualify for Special Topic coverage.
- An equally high priority is to identify new and emerging sub-disciplines
that capture international attention. One-off or irregular IUPAC sponsored
events may feature, and could be candidates for consideration as Special
- The conditions of IUPAC sponsorship prescribe that Pure Appl.
Chem. will normally have first option to publish a selection of
Conference outputs. However, this does not imply an IUPAC obligation
to publish, and the Scientific Editor, in consultation with Conference
organizers and the Editorial Advisory Board may determine that a Conference
does or does not warrant Pure Appl. Chem. coverage. Events
that are concerned with routine data compilation and reportage, areas
of narrow specialization or esoteric subjects of limited interest,
and topics having predominantly regional or parochial content will
not normally be considered for publication.
Archiving Policy for IUPAC (update Nov 06)