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‘Heavy metal’—time to move on from semantics to pragmatics?

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Abstract

Despite the repeated calls to stop, most notably in a technical publication of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the use of the term ‘heavy metal’ appears not to have declined in the scientific literature and there is little evidence that the IUPAC instructions and those of other publications have had any measurable impact on this widespread usage. Indeed, the use of the term is increasing rather than declining. Four options are presented to solve this dilemma.

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The article was received on 18 Mar 2010, accepted on 16 Jun 2010 and first published on 08 Jul 2010


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00056F
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2010,12, 1511-1514
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    ‘Heavy metal’—time to move on from semantics to pragmatics?

    R. Hübner, K. B. Astin and R. J. H. Herbert, J. Environ. Monit., 2010, 12, 1511
    DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00056F

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