Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature


The Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature is an IUPAC nomenclature book published by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) containing internationally accepted definitions for terms in analytical chemistry.[1] It has traditionally been published in an orange cover, hence its informal name, the Orange Book.

Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature
The front cover of the third edition of the Orange Book.
AuthorInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages223 pp.

Color BooksEdit

The Orange Book is one of IUPAC's "Color Books" along with the Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry (Blue Book), Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry (Red Book), Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry (Green Book), and Compendium of Chemical Terminology (Gold Book).[2]


Although the book is described as the "Definitive Rules", there have been three editions published; the first in 1978 (ISBN 0-08022-008-8),[3] the second in 1987 (ISBN 0-63201-907-7) and the third in 1998 (ISBN 0-86542-615-5).[1]

The third edition is available online.[4][5]

A Catalan translation has also been published (1987, ISBN 84-7283-121-3).[6]


  1. ^ a b János Inczédy; International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (1998). Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature: Definitive Rules 1997. Blackwell Science. ISBN 978-0-86542-615-3.
  2. ^ "International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry".
  3. ^ H. M. N. H. Irving; H. Freiser; T. S. West (3 May 2017). Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature: Definitive Rules 1977. Elsevier Science. ISBN 978-1-4831-5089-5.
  4. ^ "The "Orange Book" Online" (PDF). Chemistry International. 24 (5): 19. 2002. doi:10.1515/ci.2002.24.5.19a (inactive 28 February 2022).{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of February 2022 (link)
  5. ^ "Compendium on Analytical Nomenclature (The Orange Book)". International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. 8 February 2012.
  6. ^ Miquel-Àngel Sànchez Fèrriz; Societat Catalana de Terminologia (6 November 2013). La Terminologia en les ciències de la vida, en la química i en el món educatiu. Institut d'Estudis Catalans. pp. 43–. ISBN 978-84-9965-190-3.

External linksEdit

  • Official Site