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IUPAC seeks advice
organic nomenclature development
The codification and development
of the Nomenclature of Organic Compounds is one of the best known activities
of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The
Commission on Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry (CNOC) was one of the
first Commissions to be established following the creation of IUPAC
Building upon the recommendations of the 1892 Geneva Convention, CNOC
has developed rules over the years leading to the 1979 Nomenclature
of Organic Chemistry and to the 1993 Guide to IUPAC Nomenclature of
Work by CNOC on the development of rules (to be applied in conjunction
with computer programs) leading to a IUPAC preferred name for every
organic compound is well under way and should be published in the near
The Organic Division of IUPAC, anxious to respond rapidly to the needs
of the international community of organic chemists, is beginning a study
of nomenclature needs for the 21st century and, at the same time, wishes
to evaluate the perception of the community of the work already done.
To that effect, we request your opinions on these subjects. Please feel
free to draw this invitation to the attention of anyone else you consider
might wish to comment.
In particular, we should welcome your views on the following:
1. The need for revision of present nomenclature
2. The need for further development of systematic
3. The future roles of systematic and trivial
nomenclatures in the transmission and retrieval of chemical information
- the primary research literature
- abstracts and indexes
- chemical databanks
- the chemical industry
- legislative material
Please send your contribution to this project by e-mail (preferably)
or conventional mail to Alan McNaught (firstname.lastname@example.org) The Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science
Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 4WF, UK), before December 31, 1998.
Your needs will be at the heart of the work of IUPAC and direct its
progress in the coming years; now is your opportunity to express them.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of our request.
Alan D McNaught
IUPAC Division of Organic Chemistry
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