27 No. 6
Special Topic Issue
R. Bull, PAC Scientific Editor
topics have come to be a familiar, albeit irregular, feature
of Pure and Applied Chemistry (PAC, the monthly
official journal of IUPAC) in recent years, and were originally
conceived as a way of promoting occasional and sometimes extraordinary
IUPAC projects. The concept has served to publicize new initiatives,
and promote the role of chemistry in multidisciplinary activities
and collaboration. For example, the proceedings of two successive
Workshops on Advanced Materials were featured prominently
as special topic issues. And the series has now been assimilated
into the program of established IUPAC events. In addition,
projects arising from close collaboration with fellow international
bodies have enjoyed similar coverage, with special topic issues
on "Natural and Anthropogenic Environmental Estrogens"
and "Implications of Endocrine Active Substances for
Humans and Wildlife."
policy has also been evolving to ensure that the journal continues
to occupy a unique and indispensable niche in the primary
chemistry literature. Recent changes have been influenced
by the distinctive features of special-topic projects. Most
notably, a pre-requisite for publication coverage of IUPAC
sponsored events is prior editorial agreement on the desirability
and scope of coverage in PAC, as is acceptance of centrally
coordinated peer review of all manuscripts. The policy recognizes
that the core business of PAC is to promote representative
coverage of the established series of IUPAC-sponsored international
conferences, for the good reason that they serve the topical
mainstream of the subject with distinction.
topic issues will feature more regularly in the future, as
a deliberate initiative to showcase some of the most prominent
and enduring disciplinary themes on offer in the calendar
of established IUPAC-sponsored conferences.
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