Pure and Applied Chemistry Survey

Extended submission deadline to 31 March 2023

Pure and Applied Chemistry (PAC), the flagship journal of IUPAC, is undergoing a strategic review. The goal is to evaluate the purpose and direction of PAC to ensure that it meets the ever-changing needs and expectations of its authors and readers and contributes fully to the IUPAC vision and mission.

PAC was launched in 1960 with a specific purpose: to publish works that emerge from the international scientific events and projects that are sponsored and undertaken by IUPAC. The objectives of the journal are to publish:

  • Papers based upon authoritative lectures presented at IUPAC-sponsored conferences, symposia, and workshops.
  • Papers or collections of papers by invitation, as special topic features.
  • IUPAC Recommendations on nomenclature, symbols, and units.
  • IUPAC Technical Reports on standardization, recommended procedures, collaborative studies, data compilations, etc.


With dramatic changes in scholarly publishing and emerging initiatives in Open Science, is a new future direction warranted? Should the journal’s purpose and scope change? Who is the target audience and what does IUPAC provide that is unique? Should there be a new format? Etc.

We need your input – to learn how PAC is used in its current print and digital versions; what content is most valuable; what needs to be added or changed; what features and functionalities are absolutely essential for the provision of an enjoyable and informative reader experience.  Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey before 17 31 March 2023.  Your comments and suggestions are most welcome, and you can also contact me directly at the email address below.


My sincere thanks in advance for your input.

Leah McEwen, Chair
IUPAC Committee on Publications and Cheminformatics Data Standards (CPCDS)
[email protected]


first post 17 Feb 2023; revised 20 Mar

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