Red Book

Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry, IUPAC Recommendations 2005, IUPAC Red Book, prepared for publication by Neil G. Connelly and Ture Damhus (senior editors), and Richard M. Hartshorn and Alan T. Hutton,  RSC Publishing, 2005 [ISBN 0 85404 438 8]

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This edition of the Red Book clarifies and updates recommendations concerning the names and formulae of inorganic compounds and reflects major recent developments in inorganic chemistry. Moreover, it presents recommendations fully consistent with the principles of the nomenclature of organic chemistry. In order to choose the most appropriate of the various nomenclature systems described, a flowchart is provided to guide the reader to a section or chapter where rules can be found for a particular type of compound or species. Copious examples are supplemented by an extensive subject index. Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry: IUPAC Recommendations 2005 is the definitive guide for scientists working in academia or industry, for scientific publishers of books, journals and databases, and for organisations requiring internationally approved nomenclature in a legal or regulatory environment.

The Rules of Inorganic Nomenclature first published in 1958 was most recently updated as Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry 1990. The present book supersedes not only Red Book I but also, where appropriate, Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry II (Red Book II). One of the main changes from Red Book I is the different organization of material, adopted to improve clarity.


Concise Summary
A Brief guide to the nomenclature of inorganic chemistry has been published in PAC 87(9-10), pp.1039-1049 (2015). The online version of this article,, offers as supplementary material, a four-sided document readily available for inclusion in textbooks and similar publications. Check here for latest update and translations.