by ASL## ABSTRACT

As the quantity and diversity of work that employs modal analysis increases, it seems that the use of notation and terminology also seems to follow a similarly disparate trend. The net result of this is that readers of publications related to modal analysis and testing are often distanced from the thesis of the work as they first have to interpret some of the basic terms. This paper seeks to demonstrate how the adoption of a standard form of notation and terminology could improve the communication of material to all workers in modal analysis by making papers more readily 'approachable'. In addition to providing examples of how this can be achieved, a chart of appropriate notation is given.