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PROCEDURE FOR PUBLICATION
OF IUPAC TECHNICAL REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS (2006)
(revised 17 Nov 2006)
The following procedure is intended to offer an opportunity for worldwide
comment on,and possible revision of, Provisional Recommendations on
terminology, nomenclature, symbols, and conventions from Task Groups
and other IUPAC bodies, while at the same time ensuring that they may
be approved for publication and adoption as rapidly as possible. The
procedure also describes the proper process for review of IUPAC Technical
Upon completion of an individual project, the IUPAC Task Groups or
other body may publish one of two types of documents in Pure and
Applied Chemistry (PAC):
- Technical Report
In special circumstances, and on recommendation of the officers of
ICTNS (Interdivisional Committee on Terminology, Nomenclature and Symbols),
the two types of document may be published sequentially, allowing easier
reference to each other, but the resulting documents each labeled properly
as Technical Report or Recommendations must include their own abstract,
keywords, and reference section. The review process is different for
these two types of documents.
A "Technical Report" is a report on the subject of a specific
study, such as:
- compilations and critical evaluations of data, or of parameters
- critical assessments of methods and techniques
- guidelines for the presentation of methods of analysis; or for the
calibration of instruments
- determinations of specific elements or compounds in selected samples
in special environments
- studies of the biodegradability of materials
- chemical process control aspects
- evaluations of properties of specific materials
> Technical Reports - Review Process
A "Recommendation" results from studies on nomenclature, symbols,
terminology, or conventions, and its purpose is to recommend for a specific
field unambiguous, uniform, and consistent nomenclature and terminology,
usually presented as:
- glossaries of terms for specific chemical disciplines
- definitions of terms relating to a group of properties
- nomenclature of chemical compounds and their classes
- terminology, symbols, and units in a specific field
- classifications and uses of terms in a specific field
- conventions and standards of parctice for presenting data in a specific
> Recommendations - Review Process
Assurance of the technical quality of the report is the responsibility
of the Division that manages the project. (Certain projects are
managed by a Standing Committee; the procedure is the same, with
“Committee ”understood to apply in lieu of “Division”.) The Interdivisional
Committee on Terminology, Nomenclature and Symbols (ICTNS) provides
oversight of this process through the member of ICTNS from that
The manuscript should be prepared in conformity with the Guidelines
for Drafting IUPAC Technical Reports and Recommendations (see
Appendix IV) and should be submitted by the Task Group Chairman
(TGC) using the online manuscript submission service, ManuscriptCentral.
To submit a manuscript the TGC should inform the Secretariat that
a manuscript is ready for submission and the Secretariat will provide
access to ManuscriptCentral. The Division President or his/her designee
will review the manuscript using ManuscriptCentral. For projects
involving collaboration between Divisions, the Secretariat will
provide access to the manuscript on ManuscriptCentral to the other
Divisions for comments to be provided to the responsible lead Division.
When satisfied with the manuscript, the Division President will
approve it, the manuscript will then be reviewed, using ManuscriptCentral,
by the Officers or other core members of ICTNS. They will check
the Technical Report for its compatibility with existing IUPAC recommendations
on terminology, nomenclature, and symbols. The necessary corrections
and changes will be communicated directly to the authors, who are
expected to modify the manuscript accordingly. The final manuscript
is to be resubmitted using ManuscriptCentral for publication in
Pure and Applied Chemistry.
As with Technical Reports, assurance of the technical quality
of a document intended as Recommendations is the responsibility
of the Division that manages the project. However, ICTNS
is more directly involved in approval steps, as follows:
The manuscript should be prepared in conformity with the
Guidelines for Drafting IUPAC
Technical Reports and Recommendations (see Appendix
IV). As with Technical Reports, the manuscript is submitted
using ManuscriptCentral, it is then reviewed by the Secretary
of ICTNS, who will ensure that it is in general conformity
with ICTNS guidelines.
With this approval, the Division President
or his/her designee, the Officers of other interested IUPAC
bodies, and about 15 independent experts in the appropriate
subject area, including journal editors if possible, are asked
to review the manuscript, in most cases using ManuscriptCentral.
The names and addresses of the 15 experts chosen should be
sent to the Secretariat so that they can be asked to provide
reviews using ManuscriptCentral; the names will also be transmitted
to the Officers of ICTNS.
As soon as the Division President has given
approval, the Secretariat will post the title and synopsis
on the IUPAC Web site as Provisional Recommendations, schedule
the synopsis for publication in Chemistry International
(CI) and in PAC, and send electronic copies
of the manuscript to all National/Regional Centers. National
Adhering Organizations are encouraged to republish the title
and synopsis in national chemistry journals. Interested individuals
may obtain a copy of the manuscript from the IUPAC Web site
or from their local Center, and must submit any comments directly
to the chairman of the task group.
It is the intention of this procedure to allow
a wide range of interested individuals to comment on the Recommendations
before they are finally revised for publication. They should
return their comments to the author(s) of the document within
three months of publication of the synopsis in CI
At this stage, the Provisional Recommendations are available
for comment only, and should not be quoted publicly.
allows five months for public comment. For
most Provisional Recommendations, experience has shown that
a three-month period is adequate. However, in the event the
Provisional Recommendations are controversial or attracts
wide interest, no action will be taken by ICTNS to approve
the document before the expiration of at least the full five-month
The Secretariat will also ask all members
of ICTNS to review the manuscript using ManuscriptCentral,
who are asked to provide their comments within three months.
The Secretary of ICTNS will collate the comments and transmit
them to the author(s).
Comments from the 15 experts and other interested
individuals should be returned to the chairman of the task
group within three months of the original circulation of the
manuscript in 3 above. The Chairman of the task group should
then circulate copies of comments received to the authors
of the document and to the Officers of ICTNS.
The author(s) will then revise the document
in the light of all the comments received. The revised manuscript
must then be submitted using ManuscriptCentral for final approval
by the Officers of ICTNS and the Division President before
it is published.
Provisional Recommendations can be downloaded from the IUPAC
Web site. Comments should be sent to the authors at the addresses
indicated on the manuscript.
Copies of Provisional Recommendations may also be obtained
from IUPAC National and Regional Document
OF IUPAC RECOMMENDATIONS
Pure and Applied Chemistry is the primary journal of
IUPAC, in which all such recommendations should normally appear
first. However, IUPAC encourages:
Republication or reproduction of any Recommendation
or Technical Report or its storage and/or dissemination by
electronic means. No formal IUPAC permission is needed on
condition that an acknowledgment, with full reference to the
source along with use of the copyright symbol ©, the name
of IUPAC, and the year of publication are prominently visible.
Publication of a translation into another
language is subject to the additional condition of prior approval
from the relevant IUPAC National Adhering Organization.
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