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The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) published different "colour books” which provide authentic data on different aspects of chemistry and allied subjects. The print versions are less known today since most of these book contents are available free of charge in electronic versions.

Gold Book

Compendium of Chemical Terminology

Green Book

Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry

Orange Book

Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature

Purple Book

Compendium of Macromolecular Terminology and


Red Book

Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry

Silver Book

Compendium of Terminology and Nomenclature of

Properties in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

White Book

Biochemical Nomenclature and Related Documents

Blue Book

Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry

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