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Vol. 27 No. 6
November-December 2005

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PAC Special Topic Issue

James R. Bull, PAC Scientific Editor

Special 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."

Publication 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.

Special 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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