Pure Appl. Chem., 2005, Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 827-841
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY DIVISION
Terminology in soil sampling (IUPAC Recommendations 2005)
Abstract: The scientist must be sure that, within a stated context, the terms used in articles, publications, or the daily conversation among colleagues are intended by all in the same precise way, without any possible ambiguity. As already pointed out by “Nomenclature for sampling in analytical chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1990)” , it is not acceptable that scientists are not able to orient themselves in a sampling or analytical process. This can occur if the terms used are not well defined. Moreover, to better appreciate the development of new theories or concepts, progressive updates can be necessary. To this end, on the basis of the existing terminology documents and of the most recent knowledge in the field of soil sampling, an updated terminology in sampling (specifically, soil sampling) is recommended.