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Guidelines for IUPAC Projects
1. General Criteria
1.1 They should be related to the needs of the chemists in the world,
not just in a country or a region.
1.2 They should be related to the role of chemistry for the needs
1.3 They should best be approached by an international team such
as IUPAC can assemble.
IUPAC projects should address one of the goals listed in the IUPAC Strategic
Plan and satisfy at least one of the following key criteria:
2.1 Studies of problems of international nomenclature, symbols,
terminology and conventions, as the need develops.
2.2 Large future-oriented projects important for the position of
chemistry in the world or for the needs of mankind (CHEMRAWN, teaching
of chemistry, problems of publications or of computers, mission-oriented
2.3 Compilations with critical evaluation of data best undertaken
by an international team, especially compilations of interest to the
broader international chemical community (e.g., solubility data, electrode
potentials). Data compiled from literature without critical evaluation
or obtained experimentally in a single laboratory are less appropriate.
2.4 Unification of "approved" experimental methods (in
particular those related to analytical problems, characterization
of materials, etc.), establishment of standards and reference materials,
recommendations on procedures of interest in many laboratories, in
domains where specialized organizations (ISO, EU, NIST) are not active,
or in close cooperation with them.
2.5 Divisions and Standing Committees should prioritize their activities
to stress those of the greatest importance with the greatest impact
and interest to the international chemical community.
2.6 Projects which are inappropriate for IUPAC include review articles,
especially those by a single author that might ordinarily be published
in the existing review literature (Chem. Rev., Angew. Chem.,
etc.), purely informational projects (e.g., surveys of methods or
materials without critical evaluation), original research studies,
experimental studies and recommendations from a single laboratory.
Thus, IUPAC projects can comprise:
3. Additional Comments
3.1 In January 2000, IUPAC implemented a new system for the submission
and initiation of projects. Only after a proposal is reviewed in detail
and approved by a Division Committee or Standing Committee are funds
made available to the task group formed to carry out the project.
3.2 Project management is the responsibility of the Task Group Chairman,
who should report to the Officers of the Committee that approved the
3.3. Retrospective evaluations will be carried out within two years
after projects are completed.
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