International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Nomenclature Books

The covers of the nomenclature books are colour coded and are often referred to colloquialy as the Blue Book, etc. The colours used are blue for organic, gold for the combined glossary, green for physical, orange for analytical, purple for macromolecular, red for inorganic, silver for clinical and white for biochemical. Other IUPAC books are also listed on nomenclature, dictionaries and history.

Organic Chemistry

"Blue Book"

Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations and Preferred IUPAC Names 2013), Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013, Edited by H A Favre and W H Powell. [ISBN 978-0-85404-182-4] contents list and errata and web version incorporating all changes and corrections.

Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry, IUPAC Recomendations and Preferred Names 2013, Edited by H A Favre and W H Powell, Translated by the Nomenclature Committee of the Chemical Society of Japan, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, 2017, ISBN is 978-4-8079-0907-0 (in Japanese) for title page click here

Nomenklatura Związków Organicznych Rekomendacje IUPAC i Nazwy Preferowane 2013 edited by O. Achmatowicz and B. Szechner (in Polish) Available as a PDF (44.6 MBt)

Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry, Sections A, B, C, D, E, F, and H, Pergamon Press, 1979. Edited by J Rigaudy and S P Klesney. [ISBN 0-08-022369-9]
Details of its contents, other versions of the chapters and translations are available. A web version of sections A-C is available.

À Messeguer i Peipoch and M A Pericàs i Brondo Nomenclatura de química orgànica, seccions A, B i C: Regles definitives de 1979, Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Carrer del Carme 47, ES-08001 Barcelona, Spain, 1989. [ISBN 84-7283-132-9] (in Catalan)

K Bláha, M Ferles and J Stanek, Nomenklatura organické chemie, Academia, Prague, 1985 (in Czech)

Nomenklatura organskih spojeva: Sekcije A, B i C, SKTH/Kemija u industriji, Zagreb [date ?] (in Croatian).
Nomenklatura organskih spojeva: Sekcije D, E, F i H, SKTH/Kemija u industriji, Zagreb [date ?] (in Croatian).

B. Podolesov, M. Korunoski, Z. Zdravkovski, Nomenklatura na organskata hemija, Sekcii A, B i C. Makedonska akademija na naukite i umetnostite, Skopje, 1986 (in Macedonian)

Nomenklatura związków organicznych. Część A, Wćglowodory. Część B, Podstawowe układy heterocykliczne. red. O.Achmatowicz, PWN Warszawa-Łódź, 1978.
Nomenklatura związków organicznych. Część C, Związki z grupami zawierającymi atomy węgla, tlenu, azotu, fluorowców, siarki, selenu i/lub telluru. red. O.Achmatowicz, ISBN 83-01-00546-7. PWN Warszawa-Łódź, 1979.
Nomenklatura związków organicznych. Część D, Związki organiczne zawierające poza węglem, wodorem, tlenem, azotem, fluorowcami, siarką, selenem i tellurem również inne pierwiastki. red. O.Achmatowicz , ISBN 83-01-02179-9. PWN Warszawa-Łódź 1981.
Nomenklatura związków organicznych. Część E, Stereochemia. red. O.Achmatowicz, ISBN 83-01-00177-1. PWN Warszawa 1979.
Nomenklatura związków organicznych. Publikacja zawiera części A, B, C, D i E wydane odrębnie w latach 1978-1981: PWN Warszawa, 1992.
Nomenklatura związków organicznych. Część F. Produkty naturalne i związki pokrewne, Wiad. Chem., 33, 44-58 (1979).
Nomenklatura związków Organicznych. Część H. Związki o modyfikowanym składzie izotopowym, Wiad. Chem., 33, 698-702 (1979) (in Polish)

B Stanovnik and M Tisler, IUPAC Nomenklatura organskih spojin, (Part 1, Sections A, B, C and E; Part 2, Sections D, F, H and S) published by the Slovenian Chemical Society, Ljublijana, Yugoslavia, 1983, 445 pp and 258 pp (in Slovenian)

Fernández-Álvarez and Fariña-Pérez, Nomenclatura de la Química Orgánica (IUPAC). Secciones A,B,C,D,E,F y H, edited by the S.C.I.S. and the Real Sociedad de Química, Madrid, 1987. (in Spanish)

A Guide to IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Compounds, Recommendations 1993, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1993. Edited by R Panico, W H Powell and J C Richer. [ISBN 0-632-03488-2]
Corrections see Pure Appl. Chem., 1999, 71, 1327-1330. A web version of The Guide is available.

V Rapic, [title ?], Skolska Knjiga, Zagreb, 2002 [ISBN 953-0-30917-1] (in Croatian)

J Kahovec, F Liska and O Paleta, Prüvodce názvoslovím organickych sloucenin podle IUPAC, Doporucení; 1993, Academia, Prague, 2000. [ISBN 80-200-0724-5] [With a list of IUPAC nomenclature documents of organic chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, physical chemistry, spectroscopy, macromolecular chemistry and miscellaneous from Helv. Chim. Acta , 2000, 83] (in Czech).

F.C. Alderweireldt, H.J.T. Bos, R. Jorritsma, L. Maat en D. Tavernier, Gids voor de IUPAC-Nomenclatuur van organische verbindingen, KNCV, 2010. [ISBN 978-90-71446-28-3] (in Dutch).

R Panico and J C Richer, Nomenclature UICPA des Composés Organiques, Masson Éditeurs, Paris, 1994. [ISBN 2-225-84479-8] (in French)

G Kruse and U Schröder Nomenklatur der Organischen Chemie, VCH, Weinheim, 1997 [ISBN 3-527-29327-2] (with an appendix of items from the 1979 rules) (in German)

J Nyitrai and J Nagy, Útmutató a szerves vegyületek IUPAC-nevezéktanához, Hungarian Chemical Society, Budapest, 1998 (in Hungarian)

Z. Zdravkovski and K. Stojanoski, Osnovi na Organskata Nomenklatura: Spored Pravilata na IUPAC, Skopje, 1997 [ISBN 9989-684-15-4] republished 2003 (in Macedonian)

B Szechner, Przewodnik do nomenklatury zwiazków organicznych, Polskie Towarzystwo Chemiczne, Warszawa, 1994 [ISBN 83-901844-2-7] (in Polish)

A C Fernandes, B Herold, H Maia, A P Rauter and J A R Rodrigues Guia IUPAC para a Nomenclatura de Compostos Orgânicos Sociedade Portuguesa de Química, 2002 Edições Lidel [ISBN 978-972-757-737-8] (in Portuguese with Brazilian differences)

Branko Stanovnik, Miha Tišler, Vodnik po nomenklaturi organskih spojin IUPAC. priporočila 1993, Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, Ljubljana, 1999 (reprint 2009) [ISBN: 9616242245] (in Slovenian)

Interdivisional Committee on Nomenclature and Symbols

"Gold Book"

Compendium of Chemical Terminology, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1987. Edited by V Gold, K L Loening, A D McNaught and P Sehmi. [ISBN 0-632-01765-1; 0-632-01767-8 (pbk)] Second edition, 1997. Edited by A D McNaught and A Wilkinson [ISBN 0-8-654-26848]. [See also web version]

J-C Richer, Compendium de terminologie chimique, recommendations IUPAC, et lexique anglais/français, Tec & Doc, Paris, 1999 [ISBN 2-7430-0356-1] [1st edition 1993 ISBN 0-660-94192-9) (in French)

Z. Stasicka, O. Achmatowicz, Kompendium terminologii chemicznej, ZamKor, Kraków 2005. ISBN 83-88830-79-1 (in Polish)

[Editor ?], [title ?], [1993] in two forms (in Russian).

Salvador Senent Perez, Juan Antonio Rodriguez Renuncio, Diega Armesto Vilas, Mercedes Gonzalez de Amezua Carrion, and Concepcion Pando Garcia-Pumarino Compendio de terminología química, Recomendaciones de la IUPAC Editorial Sintesis, Madrid, Spain, 2003, [ISBN 84-7738-955-1] (in Spanish)

Physical Chemistry

"Green Book"

Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, 3rd edition, RSC Publishing, 2007 (2011 3rd reprint). Prepared by E.R. Cohen, T. Cvitaš, J.G. Frey, B. Holmström, K. Kuchitsu, R. Marquardt, I. Mills, F. Pavese, M. Quack, J. Stohner, H.L. Strauss, M. Takami and A.J. Thor. RSC Publishing [ISBN 9780-85404-433-7] Also available in PDF format (2.6 MB).

Roberto Marquardt, Monique Mottet, Françoise Rouquérol and Jean Toullec, Grandeurs, unités et symboles de la chimie physique 3rd Edition, De Boeck supérieur s.a., (2012) [ISBN 978-2-8041-7207-7] (In French) for title page click here.

Kozo Kuchitsu, Tadamasa Shida, and Yutaka Kuroda, Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, 3rd Edition, IUPAC & Metrology Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and The Chemical Society of Japan (2009) [ISBN 978-4-06-154359-1] (In Japanese) for title page click here.

Romeu C. Rocha-Filho and Rui Fausto, Grandezas, Unidades e Símbolos em Físico-Química (Livro Verde) 3rd edition, PubliSBQ, 2018 [ISBN 978-85-64099-19-7] (in Portuguese)

Translations in progress in German, Italian, Spanish and Turkish

A Concise Summary of Quantities, Units, and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, (PDF 516 KB) updated and corrected 2011

Translation available from the Japanese Chemical Society (in Japanese)

Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, 2nd edition, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1993. Edited by I Mills, T Cvitaš, K Homann, N Kallay and K Kuchitsu. [ISBN 0-632-03583-8] Also format (1.9 MBt) PDF

Joseep M. Costa, Magnituds, Unitats i Símbols en Química Física Institut d'Estudea Catalans, Barcelona, 2004 (in Catalan)

[title ?], Pergamon Press, 1979 [from 1973 version]. [ISBN 0-08-022386-9] (in Chinese)

Supplement to L'actualité chimique, 1982 (9) [from 1979 edition] (in French)

M Hausmann and K H Homann, Grössen, Einheiten und Symbole in der physikalischen Chemie, VCH Weinheim, 1996 [ISBN 3-527-29326-4] (in German)

P Fodor-Csányi, A fizikai-kémiai definíciók és jelölések, in A magyar kémiai elnevezés és helyesírás szabályai edited T Erdey-Grúz and P Fodor-Csányi, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1972 [from 1969 version] (in Hungarian)

M. Riedel, A fizikai-kémiai definiciók és jelölések, Tankönyvkiadó, Budapestr, 1990 [from 1988 edition] (in Hungarian)

K. Kuchitsu, Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1991 [from 1988 edition]. [ISBN 4-06-153330-4] (in Japanese)

R. C. Rocha-Filho and R. Fausto, Grandezas, Unidades e Símbolos em Físico-Química (Livro Verde), (nas variantes brasileira e portuguesa), SBQedit, 2018 [from 3rd edition] (in Portugese)

D I Marchidan, Mârimi, Unitâti si simboluri în chimia fizicâ, Academia Romana, Bucuresti, 1996. [ISBN 973-27-0545-0] (in Romanian).

Nomenklaturniye pravila IUPAC po Khimia, vol 6, Fizicheskaya Khimia, Nacionalnii Komitet Sovetskih Khimikov, Moscow, 1988 [from 1988 edition] (in Russian)

A P Masiá, J M Guil, J E Herrero and A R Paniego, Magnitudes, Unidades y Símbolos en Química Física, secunda edición [from 1993 edition] Editorial Centro de Estudios Ramón Areces, S A, Madrid, 1999 [ISBN 84-8004-361-X] (in Spanish)

B Holmström, Förkortad lista över Storheter, Enheter och Beteckningar I Fysikalisk Kemi, [publisher ?], 1995 (in Swedish).

Analytical Chemistry

"Orange Book"

Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature, edited by H M N H Irving, H Freiser and T S West, Pergamon, Oxford, 1978. [ISBN 0-08-022008-8]; 2nd edition, edited by H Freiser and G H Nancollas, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1987. [ISBN 0-632-01907-7]; 3rd edition, edited by J Inczedy, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1998. [ISBN 0-86542-615-5] An electronic version is available.

Elisabeth Boschi i Salvador Alegret, Compendi de Nomenclatura de Química Analítica, regles definitives de 1977, 3 volumes, Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain, 2007. [ISBN 978-84-7283-870-3] (in Catalan)

Compendium de la Nomenclature en Chemie Analytique 1977, Société Chimique de France, Paris 1980. [ISBN 2-903532-01-X] (in French)

Macromolecular Nomenclature

"Purple Book"

Compendium of Polymer Terminology and Nomenclature, IUPAC recommendations 2008 RSC Publishing, 2009 [ISBN 978-0-85404-491-7] (revised version of the next entry) PDF of book (2.6 MB).

Compendium of Macromolecular Nomenclature, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1991. Edited by W V Metanomski. [ISBN 0-632-02846-7; 0-632-02847-5 (pbk)]
Details of its contents, other versions of the chapters and translations are available.

IUPAC Commission on Macromolecular Nomenclature, Kobunshi Meimeiho (translation of Compendium of Macromolecular Nomenclature), Committee of Macromolecular Nomenclature, Society of Polymer Science, Japan, McGraw-Hill, Tokyo, 1993 [ISBN 4-89501-572-6] (in Japanese).

J. Brzeziński, Kompendium Nomenklatury Makromolekularnej, Komisja Nomenklatury, Polskie Towarzystwo Chemiczne, Warszawa, l995 [ISBN 83-901844-3-5] (in Polish).

IUPAC Comissão de Nomenclatura Macromolecular, "Compêndio de Nomenclatura Macromolecular", Comitê Brasileiro para Assuntos de Química junto à IUPAC, E-papers Serviços Editoriais Ltda, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2002 (in Portuguese)

IUPAC Comisión de Nomenclatura Macromolecular, Compendio de Nomenclatura Macromolecular (Libro Púrpura), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Real Sociedad Española de Química, Madrid, 1993 [ISBN 80-00-07352-5] (in Spanish).

Inorganic Chemistry

"Red Book"

Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry: IUPAC Recommendations 2005, 2005, Royal Society of Chemistry. Edited by N G Connelly and T Damhus (with R M Hartshorn and A T Hutton) [ISBN 0-85404-438-8]. Also available PDF format (4.3 MB). For corrections click here.

C. Balarew (editor), with P. Bonchev, P. Peshev, V. Dimitrov, B. Alexiev, D. Todorovski, N. Trendafilova, I. Dukov (translation), Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry, Recommendations of IUPAC 2005 Academic Publishing House "Professor Marin Drinov", 2009, 412 p.[ISBN 978-954-322-330-5] (in Bulgarian) for title page click here.

P. Fodor-Csányi, Gy. Horányi, T. Kiss and L. Simándi, Szervetlen kémiai nevezéktan, a IUPAC 2005, évi szabályai, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2008, 407 pp [ISBN 978-963-05-8559-0] (in Hungarian).

H. Ogino, T. Iwamoto, M. Okazaki, T. Saito, and M. Nakahara (translation), Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry, Recommendations of IUPAC 2005 Tokyo Kagaku Dozin Co., Ltd. 2010 [ISBN 978-4-8079-0727-4] (in Japanese) for cover click here.

Translation in progress in Czech and Polish.

R.B. Faria, O.A. Serra (Brazil), J. Cardoso (Cape Verde), J.A.L. Costa, M.H. Garcia, R.T. Henriques, B.J. Herold, M.C.F. Magalhães, J. Marçaio, O. Pellegrino (Portugal), Nomenclatura de Química Inorgânica, recomendações da IUPAC de 2005, Ist-Press, Tecnico Ulisboa, 2017 (ISBN 978-989-8481-59-7) (in Portuguese) for cover click here

Andrej Šmalc (translator), Nomenklatura anorganske kemije, Slovenian Chemical Society, Ljubljana, 2008 (ISBN: 9789619073186 9619073185) (in Slovenian) for cover click here

MA Ciriano and PR Polo Nomencatura de Química Inorgánica, recommendaciones de la IUPAC de 2005 Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, 2007 [ISBN 978-84-7733-905-2] (in Spanish)

Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry, Recommendations 1990, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1990. Edited by G J Leigh. [ISBN 0-632-02319-8; 0-632-02494-1 (pbk)].

Adaptimi në Gjuhën Shqipe i Nomenklaturës së Kimisë Inorganike të Bashkimii Ndërkombëtar të së Pastër e të Zbatuar (I.U.P.A.C.)Bul. Shkencave Nat., 1986, 40(1), 1-63; 40(2), 9-75 (1970 rules) (in Albanian)

E Casassas i Simó and J Sales i Cabré Nomenclatura de Química Inorganica, Recomancions de 1990, Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Carrer del Carme 47, ES-08001 Barcelona, Spain, 1997. [ISBN 84-7283-360-7] (in Catalan)

V Simeon Hrvataka Nomenklatura Anorganske Kemije, Skolska Kmjiga, Zagreb, 1996 [from 1990 version] (in Croatian)

B Grabaric, A Janekovic, M Markovic, V Simeon-Rudolf, H Vancik and V Simeon Hrvatska Nomenklatura Anorganski Kemije Croatian Chemical Society, Zagreb, Croatia, 1997 [from 1990 version] (in Croatian)

J Klikorta and J Hanzlík, N ázvosloví anorganické chemie, Definitivní Pravidla k Roku , 1979, Academia, Praha, 1980. [also 1974 for translation of the 1972 edition.] (in Czech)

Regels voor de Nomenclatuur van de Anorganische Chemie 1970, Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging, 1983 (in Dutch)

Bull. Soc. Chim. France, 1975 (2) Special issue 64 pp (1970 rules (in French)

Regeln für die Nomenklatur der Anorganischen Chemie 1970, Verlag Chemie, Weinheim, 1976. (in German)
W Liebscher and J Neels, Nomenclatur der Anorganischen Chemie: Deutsche Ausgabe der Empfehlungen 1990, VCH Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Weinheim, 1994, 340 pp [ISBN 3-527-25713-6; paperback 3-527-29340-X 1995] (in German).

P Fodor-Csányi and L Simándi, Szervetlen kémiai nevezéktan, Magyar Kémikusok Egyesülete, Budapest, 1995, 245 pp (in Hungarian).

K Yamasaki, Muki kagaku Meimeiho, Tokyo Kagaku Dozin Co., Tokyo, 1993. [ISBN 4-8079-0379-9] (in Japanese).

Z. Stasicka, Nomenklatura chemii nieorganicznej (zalecenia 1990), Wrocław. Wydawnictwo. Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego 1998. [ISBN 83-229-1879-8] (in Polish)

D Purdela, Nomenclatura Chemie Anorganice, Academy of the Socialistic Republic of Romania, Bucharest, 1977, 153 pp [from 1971 edition] (in Romanian).

Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry II. Recommendations 2000 Edited by J.A. McCleverty and N.G. Connelly, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2001 [ISBN 0-85404-487-6]

P Fodor-Csányi, Szervetlen kémiai nevezéktan II, A Kémia Újabb Eredményei 92, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2003, 138 pp (in Hungarian).
How to Name an Inorganic Substance, 1977. A Guide to the Use of Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry: Definitive Rules 1970, Pergamon Press, 1977. [ISBN 0 08 021982 9]

Epaorgaanisen Kemian Nimisto, Association of Finnish Chemical Societies, Helsinki, 1982. [ISBN 951-9223-13-4] (in Finnish)

Kemi. Kozl., 1979, 52, 217-243 (in Hungarian)

Nomenklatura związków nieorganicznych, Wrocław : Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich - Wydawnictwo Polskiej Akademii Nauk, 1988. [ISBN 83-04-02692-9] (in Polish)

Clinical Chemistry

"Silver Book"

Compendium of Terminology and Nomenclature of Properties in Clinical Laboratory Sciences: Recommendations 2016, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016, Edited by G. Férard, R. Dybkaer, X. Fuentes-Arderiu [ISBN 978-1-78262-107-2]

Four page summary as a pull-out from April 2017 issue of Chemistry International
Compendium of Terminology and Nomenclature of Properties in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Blackwell Science, 1995. Edited by J C Rigg, S S Brown, R Dybkaer and H Olesen. [ISBN 0-865-426120]

Biochemical Nomenclature

"White Book"

Biochemical Nomenclature and Related Documents, 2nd edition, Portland Press, 1992. Edited C Liébecq. [ISBN 1-85578-005-4]
Details of its contents, other versions of the documents and translations are available.

Other IUPAC Books

Principles of Chemical Nomenclature; A Guide to IUPAC Recommendations, 2011 edition, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011, edited by G J Leigh [ISBN 978-1-84973-007-5].

Principles of Chemical Nomenclature; A Guide to IUPAC Recommendations, Prepared by G J Leigh, H A Favre and W V Metanomski, Blackwell Science Ltd, 1998. [ISBN 0-86542-685-6] For PDF version click here.

M. Mottet and J. Toullec, Principes de nomenclature de la chimie; Introduction aux recommandations de l'IUPAC De Boeck Université, 2001 [ISBN 2-7445-0120-4] (in French)

Z. Zdravkovski, Principi na hemiskata nomenklatura: Voved vo preporakite na IUPAC. Internet edition. Skopje 2004 (in Macedonian) [title page in Macedonian].

IUPAC Multilingual Dictionaries

Multilingual Dictionary of Important Terms in Molecular Spectroscopy, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, 1966, 221 pp (in English, French, German, Japanese and Russian).

Multilingual Dictionary of Analytical Terms, edited R A Chalmers, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1994, 288 pp [ISBN 0-86542-859-X] (in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish).

A Multilingual Glossary of Biotechnological Terms, edited H G W Leuenberger, B Nagel and H Kölbl, VCH, Weinheim, 1995, 251 pp [ISBN 3-906390-13-6] (in English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish).

History of Chemical Nomenclature
and related matters

P E Verkade A History of the Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry, D. Reidel Publishing Company 1985. Edited by F C Alderweireldt, H J T Bos, L Maat, P J Slootmaekers and B M Wepster. [ISBN 90-277-1643-9]

Organic Chemistry: Its Language and its State of the Art, VCH, 1993. Edited M V Kisakurek. [ISBN 3-906390-03-9, 3-527-28490-7, 1-56081-256-7]

R Fennell History of IUPAC 1919-1987, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1994. [ISBN 0-86542-878-6; 0-86542-879-4 (pbk)]

Stanley S. Brown, History of IUPAC 1988-1999, IUPAC, 2001 [ISBN 0 967 8550 1 2]

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