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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
Submission of Papers
Pure Appl. Chem. seeks to achieve representative, rapid and
scientifically useful publication of Conference outputs. Accordingly,
invited authors are urged to make every effort to participate and
to submit manuscripts by the stated deadlines.
Manuscripts are to be submitted using the ManuscriptCentral online
manuscript handling system. Authors will be given directions on how
to access the system before the conference date (see below). A submission
template and instructions are available on the Union's web site or
can be obtained from the IUPAC Secretariat (E-mail: <[email protected]>).
If you cannot use the submission template, follow the following instructions
for setting up your file.
- Include all parts of the paper in a single file if possible.
- If illustrations are supplied electronically, also include them
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- Turn the hyphenation option off.
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- Do not number headings.
- Take care not to use l (ell) for 1 (one), O (capital o) for 0
(zero), or ß (German esszett) for b (beta).
- Use a tab, not spaces, to separate data points in tables.
- If you use a table editor function, ensure that each data point
is contained within a unique cell; i.e., do not use carriage returns
Submission of a manuscript will be regarded as assurance that the
same material is not being considered for publication by another journal.
Electronic file submission
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been submitted, its current status can be determined using ManuscriptCentral.
(Note: PDF files should only be submitted as an example of what the
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IUPAC Technical Reports and Recommendations
There are special requirements for deciding the category (Technical
Report or Recommendations) to which a particular report belongs. Additional
instructions can be found in the IUPAC Handbook 2004-2005:
- Procedure for Publication of IUPAC Technical Reports and Recommendations,
or online as <www.iupac.org/reports/provisional/procedure.html>,
- Guidelines for Drafting IUPAC Technical Reports and Recommendations
(2007), online as <www.iupac.org/reports/provisional/guidelines.html>
These Guidelines contain more details than described in these general
instructions, and authors are advised to consult these documents carefully
before drafting an IUPAC report.
Preparation of Papers
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.
Include a short abstract (not more than 200 words).
Illustrations will be reproduced in black and white only, unless
the author pays for color reproduction. If the figures are originally
in color, be sure they can also be understood by the reader in black
and white format (for example, do not refer to color elements in the
Lettering, numbering, and symbols in the figures must be clear and
suitable for reduction to single or double column width. Lettering
and lines on graphs should also be strong enough to withstand reduction.
Chemical schemes, etc., should be supplied as standard figures, and,
in all cases, the figure must be accompanied by a title and/or legend
that describes the illustration.
Figures should be numbered serially throughout the paper in arabic
numerals and should be cited in the text at first occurrence. The
word 'Figure' should be shortened to 'Fig.' at the beginning of figure
captions and in the text, except where the word 'Figure' begins a
Formulas should be prepared with particular care, preferably with
a suitable computer program. They may be numbered with italic or underlined
arabic numerals. Within reason, these numbers may be used in the text
to avoid repetition of long chemical names. Structural formulas should
be presented in groups where feasible to improve presentation and
Tables should not be used more than is necessary and, in particular,
they should not duplicate results that are presented in graphical
form. Tables should be numbered serially throughout the paper in arabic
numerals and should be cited in the text at first occurrence. Table
headings should appear above the table with one line space between
the heading and the table. The word 'Table' should be boldface, and
the table heading should be typed with an initial capital for the
first word and proper nouns only. If necessary, a font size smaller
than 9 point may be used.
Mathematical expressions and chemical equations
Mathematical expressions and chemical equations should be indented
on the left, with space above and below, and should be numbered in
parentheses flush right.
Simple mathematical expressions should be left in the text, written
in one line instead of in two-line form wherever possible to avoid
awkward line spacing. Use additional half line spaces as needed to
ensure that mathematical expressions in the text do not overlap preceding
or succeeding lines.
For additional information on quantity calculus or quantity algebra
and on percents and per mils, see IUPAC Interdivisional Committee
on Terminology, Nomenclature, and Symbols, February 2002; available
online at <http://www.iupac.org/standing/ictns/quantity_and_
Numbers should be printed in roman (upright) fonts. Numerical values
of physical quantities (and the symbols of units) should be printed
in roman even in italic texts.
The decimal marker for IUPAC publications in English should be a
point on the line. For many-digit numbers the digits should be grouped
in threes around the decimal marker with a space*
between the groups, but never leaving a single digit on its own.
Numbers in a running text: 3.1416
or 3.141 6
Numbers in a column:
21 110.216 48
Additional guidelines for the printing of numbers are detailed in
the Guidelines for Drafting IUPAC Technical Reports and Recommendations
(2007) online as <www.iupac.org/reports/provisional/guidelines.html>
(the 2004 version was available in print in the IUPAC
* It is best to use a nonbreaking space
of constant width (in MS Word under Windows, use ctrl-shift-space,
or under Mac OS, use command-space) which also prevents the splitting
of numbers on line breaks.
All references should be mentioned in the text or captions. They
should be typed in brackets, e.g., , in sequence. References appear
at the end of the paper in numerical order. Inclusive page numbers
Examples of formats are shown below. Abbreviations of journal titles
should agree with usage by Chemical Abstracts (see Chemical
Abstracts Service Source Index, 1907-1994 Cumulative, American
Chemical Society, Columbus, Ohio, 1994).
Examples of Reference Formats:
1. J. P. Lee, G. C. Pimentel. J. Chem. Phys. 75, 4241
2. S. Stoeva, G. Grübler, H. Echner, W. Rönspeck, W. Voelter.
Pure Appl. Chem. 66, 101-104 (1994). [Use names of all
authors rather than et al.]
3. R. Stephenson. Introduction to Nuclear Engineering, p. 27.
McGraw-Hill, New York (1964).
4. S. N. Loh, C.W. McNemar, J. L. Markley. In Techniques in Protein
Chemistry (J. J. Villafranca, ed.), pp. 275-282. Academic Press,
New York (1991).
5. F. Bloch. US Patent 2960 649, Filed 18 June 1954, Issued 15 Nov
Footnotes should be used sparingly and referred to in the text in
parentheses as (Note a), etc. Only references to articles in journals,
books, and issued patents will be permitted. Meeting abstracts and
patent applications may not be quoted unless they are published in
a form that is available for library reference.
Symbols and units
Symbols for scalar physical quantities (or variables) should be set
in italic (sloping) type, and symbols for units, or labels, should
be set in roman (upright) type. Quantity symbols may be qualified
by subscripts or by further information in parentheses; subscripts
should themselves be in italic type when they represent physical quantities,
and otherwise in roman type. For other classes of quantities, (vectors,
matrices, etc.) see additional information given below.
Quantity calculus should be used in presenting the values of physical
quantities, and according to the following equation:
(physical quantity) = (numerical value) x
Each term in parentheses can be treated as an algebraic quantity.
These two statements are necessary and sufficient to define quantity
calculus. See the examples below and the IUPAC Green Book (ref. 1,
list below) for further examples.
p = 0.123 mbar = 12.3 Pa = 12.3 N m-2 or p/Pa
r = 2.13 Å = 0.213 nm or r/nm = 0.213
k = 108.2 s-1 or lg(k/s-1)
Note particularly the use of an italic font for quantity symbols
such as p, r, and k, and the use of an upright
font for unit symbols such as Pa, mbar, m, nm, and s. The format (quantity
symbol)/(unit), as in r/nm = 0.213, is particularly convenient
for heading the columns of tables and labeling the axes of graphs,
so that the entries in the table columns or the labels on the tick
marks of the graph may be pure numbers. The symbols lg and ln should
be used for log10 and loge, respectively. (For
additional information, see On the use of italic and roman fonts
for symbols in scientific text, I. M. Mills and W. V. Metanomski,
IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Nomenclature and Symbols, January
2000; available online at http://www.iupac.org/standing/idcns/fonts_for_symbols.html)
The following IUPAC references should be considered:
1. IUPAC Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division, Quantities,
Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry. (The IUPAC 'Green Book'),
3rd edition. Prepared for publication by E.R. Cohen, T. Cvita,
J.G. Frey, B. Holmström, K. Kuchitsu, R. Marquardt, I. Mills,
F. Pavese, M. Quack, J. Stohner, H.L. Strauss, M. Takami, and A.J.
Thor. RSC Publishing, Cambridge 2007.
2. (a) IUPAC, Compendium of Chemical Terminology: IUPAC Recommendations
(The IUPAC 'Gold Book'); 2nd edition. Compiled by A.D. McNaught and
A. Wilkinson, Blackwell Science, Oxford, UK (1997); (b) XML on-line
corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org
(2006- ) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, and B. Kosata; updates compiled
by A.D. Jenkins.
3. (a) IUPAC Division of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation,
Nomenclature of Inorganic
Chemistry - IUPAC Recommendations 2005. Prepared for publication
by N.G. Connelly, T. Damhus, R.M. Hartshorn and A.T. Hutton. RSC Publishing,
(b) IUPAC Commission on the Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry, Nomenclature
of Inorganic Chemistry I, Recommendations 2000 (The IUPAC
'Red Book II'). J. A. McCleverty and N. G. Connelly (Eds.). Royal
Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK (2000). Superseded in part
4. IUPAC Commission on the Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry, Nomenclature
of Organic Chemistry (The IUPAC 'Blue Book'); Sections A, B, C,
D, E, F, and H. Prepared for publication by J. Rigaudy and S. P. Klesney,
Pergamon Press, Oxford, UK (1979).
5. IUPAC Commission on the Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry, A
Guide to IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Compounds. R. Panico, W.
H. Powell, J.-C. Richer (Eds.). Blackwell Scientific Publications,
Ltd., Oxford, UK (1993).
6. IUPAC Commission on Macromolecular Nomenclature, Compendium
of Macromolecular Nomenclature (The IUPAC 'Purple Book').
Prepared for publication by W. V. Metanomski. Blackwell Scientific
Publications, Ltd., Oxford, UK (1991).
7. IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Division, Compendium
of Analytical Nomenclature (The IUPAC 'Orange Book'); 3rd
edition. Prepared for publication by J. Inczédy, T. Lengyel,
A. M. Ure. Blackwell Science, Ltd., Oxford, UK (1998).
8. D.R. Lide, Jr. Use
of abbreviations in the chemical literature, Pure Appl. Chem.
52, 2229-2232 (1980).
Permission to Reproduce
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