This paper investigates the relation between the density-scaling exponent γ and the virial potential energy correlation coefficient R at several thermodynamic state points in three dimensions for the generalized (2n, n) Lennard-Jones (LJ) system for n = 4, 9, 12, 18, as well as for the standard n = 6 LJ system in two,three, and four dimensions. The state points studied include many low-density states at which the virial potential energy correlations are not strong. For these state points we find the roughly linear relation γ∼=3n R/d in d dimensions. This result is discussed in light of the approximate “extended inverse power law” description of generalized LJ potentials (Bailey N P et al. 2008 J. Chem. Phys. 129 184508). In the plot of γ versus R there is in all cases a transition around R ≈ 0.9, above which γ starts to decrease as R approaches unity. This is consistent with the fact that γ → 2n/d for R → 1, a limit that is approached at high densities and/or high temperatures at which the repulsive r−2n term dominates the physics.