Mineralogy and Petrology

, Volume 64, Issue 1–4, pp 237–263 | Cite as

The IMA Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names: procedures and guidelines on mineral nomenclature, 1998

  • E. H. Nickel
  • J. D. Grice


An author wishing to introduce a new mineral name into the literature, or to redefine, discredit or rename an existing mineral, must obtain prior approval of the IMA Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names. This paper outlines the procedure to be followed in the preparation and submission of a proposal for approval, and describes how such proposals are handled by the Commission. The paper also gives general guidelines on mineral nomenclature and provides a list of nomenclature changes approved since 1987.


Geochemistry General Guideline Prior Approval Nomenclature Change Mineral Nomenclature 
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Autoren, die einen neuen Mineralnamen in die Literatur einführen, oder einen solchen neu definieren, abschaffen oder ein schon bekanntes Mineral mit einem neuen Namen belegen wollen, müssen dafür vorher die Zustimmung der IMA Commission of New Minerals and Mineral Names einholen. In dieser Arbeit wird die empfohlene Vorgangsweise für die Vorbereitung und Einreichung eines Antrages dargestellt. Ebenso wird die Vorgangsweise der Kommission, die sich mit solchen Anträgen befaßt, in Übersicht gebracht. Weiters geben wir allgemeine Hinweise zur Nomenklatur von Mineralen und geben eine Liste von Nomenklatur-Änderungen vor, die seit 1987 genehmigt worden ist.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. H. Nickel
    • 1
  • J. D. Grice
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Exploration & MiningCSIROWembleyAustralia
  2. 2.Mineral Sciences DivisionCanadian Museum of NatureOttawaCanada

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