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Vol. 31 No. 4
July-August 2009

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Basic Guidelines for Polymer Nomenclature

IUPAC has a long history of carefully tailoring rules to help polymer scientists name the polymers that they are using and synthesizing. While many scientists are aware of the importance of correctly applying nomenclature, it is apparent to journal managers and editors that polymer names are not always properly used in submitted articles. The case for exactly naming polymers is all the stronger in this day of computer-based searches.

This project’s goal is to help close this gulf by widely distributing, through the portals of polymer-interested journals, a short (two-page), easily assimilated document that will describe basic rules that can be applied to most polymers. The guidelines will not detail all the available rules—far from it!—but they should help polymer scientists, especially those who have had little prior contact with polymer nomenclature, understand how some basic conventions can be applied to most common and novel polymers. Hyperlinks will be placed in the PDF file to allow authors to explore in greater detail the wealth of documents already made available by IUPAC.

Representatives from American Chemical Society , Elsevier, Wiley, and IUPAC will come together to build the document and to ensure its distribution. These basic guidelines to polymer nomenclature should be easily accessible to anyone who wants to write a paper on polymer science. It is also hoped that the guidelines will make life easier for those working behind the scenes in polymer publishing.

For more information and comments, contact Task Group Chair Roger Hiorns <hiorns@enscpb.fr>.

www.iupac.org/web/ins/2008-032-1-400


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