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Author's Guide
Aims and Scope
Mass Spectrometry Letters publishes brief letters (maximum length of 4 pages), technical notes, articles, reviews, and tutorials on fundamental research and applications in all areas of mass spectrometry. The manuscripts can be either invited by the editors or submitted directly by authors to the journal editors. Mass Spectrometry Letters topical sections are diverse, covering ion chemistry in a broad sense; gas-phase thermodynamics or kinetics; theory and calculations related with mass spectrometry or ions in vacuum; ion-optics; analytical aspects of mass spectrometry; instrumentations; methodology developments; ionization methods; proteomics and its related research; metabolomics and its related research; bioinformatics; software developments; database development; biological research using mass spectrometry; pharmaceutical research by mass spectrometry; food sciences using mass spectrometry; forensic results using mass spectrometry; environmental mass spectrometry; inorganic mass spectrometry; chromatography-mass spectrometry; tandem mass spectrometry; small molecule research using mass spectrometry; TOF-SIMS, etc. The scope of Mass Spectrometry Letters is not limited to the above-mentioned areas, but includes ever-expanding areas related directly or indirectly to mass spectrometry. Criteria for publication are originality, urgency, and reportable values. Short preliminary or proof-of-concept results, which will be further detailed by the following submission to other journals, are recommended for submission.
The publication frequency
Mass Spectrometry Letters will be published at least four times a year; 31th March, 30th June, 30th September, 31th December every year are the scheduled publishing dates. The publication frequency is subjected to future change, which should be advised by the Editorial board meeting’s decisions.
The publication charge
All the papers will be published for free without any payment of page charge or article processing charge and the access to the papers in Mass Spectrometry Letters is also free to the public in general through the homepage of the journal. The publication cost will be covered by the Korean Society for Mass Spectrometry. The printed journal issue will be provided to the Korean Society for Mass Spectrometry members who have completed the annual membership fee payment.
The copyright
Mass Spectrometry Letters (MSL) is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without permission or fees; all articles in MSL are published and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), meaning that the authors retain the copyright, but they permit anyone unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in MSL, is properly cited.
Referee Reviews
Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Mass Spectrometry Letters operates a single-blind peer review process; all manuscripts are initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The authors can suggest up to three potential reviewers during the manuscript submission process. Recommended reviewers must have sufficient expertise in the relevant subject area. Authors should not recommend reviewers with whom they have a conflict of interest, for example, a close collaborator or colleague. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.
Below is an overview of the process for manuscript review:
- Manuscript submitted;
- Submission Conformance Check by the editorial office, including paper formatting and all supplement materials; the manuscript will be returned to the author if the paper fails to meet the requirement;
- Paper sent to Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for screening and assigning to Associate Editors (AE);
- Internal review of the quality and suitability of the paper, the manuscript may be rejected without external review if the paper does not fit the scope of MSL or the quality of the paper does not meet the minimal standards as required by the Journal. Manuscripts passing the screening process will be sent out for peer-review;
- Paper assigned to AE for reviewer assignment;
- AE contacts reviewers for confirmation and the peer review process starts;
- Reviewers send back reviews to AE;
- AE makes recommendation to the author about the outcome of the paper, i.e., accept, minor revision, major revision, reject;
- For those invited/encouraged for revisions, author submits revised paper to the journal followed by a further review cycle;
- Final decision made by AE;
- Final version of the manuscript submitted by the author;
- Publication after proofreading.
Conflict of interest
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.
Submission declaration and verification
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection software.
Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
For the policies on the research and publication ethics not stated in this instructions, International standards for editors and authors (http://publicationethics.org/international-standards-editors-and-authors) can be applied.
Language and language services
The manuscript should be prepared in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of both). English language proof-reading service is recommended before publication.
Submission to this journal proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files.
Manuscript Types

Mass Spectrometry Letters publishes several types of articles: letter, technical note, article, review, and tutorial.  

Review. A comprehensive overview on a topic in mass spectrometry. There is no restriction in length.

Article. A full-length article presenting important new research results. The length of the articles should not exceed ten printed pages.

Technical note. A short description of a novel apparatus of technique. The length of technical notes should not exceed three printed pages.

Letter. A short report on any subject in mass spectrometry, requiring urgency, timeliness, and scientific significance. The length of letters should not exceed four printed pages.

Tutorial. A tutorial is an educational exposition covering recent trends and basic knowledge in mass spectrometry. There is no restriction in length

All manuscripts for publication in Mass Spectrometry Letters, except review and tutorial, should include Title, Authors, Abstract, Introduction, Experimental section, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, and References.

Preparation of Manuscripts

All the manuscripts for publication in Mass Spectrometry Letters should be prepared in English. Authors are strongly recommended to use the manuscript template (Manuscript Template) provided from the Mass Spectrometry Letters website.
1) Manuscript type
The type of a manuscript should be specified in the cover letter.
2) Title
The title should be concise and informative. Authors are strongly recommended to limit the title to 250 letters including space, and to avoid abbreviations and formulae wherever possible. A short running title consisting of less than 70 letters including space should be provided by authors.
3) Authors
List full names of all authors (given names first and surnames last) followed by the authors’ affiliations and addresses where the actual work was carried out. Superscript numbers are labeled after the authors’ names and in front of the appropriate affiliations. Specify current addresses, if necessary, as footnotes. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation including the country name. Corresponding author(s) should be indicated with asterisk symbols. The email address(es) of corresponding author(s) are additionally required in the manuscript.
4) Abstract
The abstract should not exceed 250 words. It should be a single paragraph which summarizes the content of the article.
5) Introduction
The introduction should state the purpose and the backgrounds of the work. It may include appropriate citations of previous works with brief summaries. Do not include or summarize current findings in this section.
6) Experimental section
Authors should provide details on experimental procedures including the model names, the manufactures of instruments, and reagents, so that the works are reproducible elsewhere by readers.
7) Results and discussion
Authors should provide the results of the work with clear and concise manners. Authors should discuss the significance of observations, measurements, or computations.
8) Conclusion
A brief summary should be provided in conclusions.
9) Acknowledgements
Provide a list of financial supports and individuals whom to be acknowledged.
10) References
Literatures to be cited should be numbered by order of appearance in the manuscript. The corresponding texts should be indicated with superscripted Arabic numbers (e.g., 1). The reference format must follow the examplesprovided below. Unpublished results are not allowed in the reference list with an exception of the literatures accepted for publication as “in press”.

Hong, E. S.; Yoon, H.-J.; Kim, B.; Yim, Y.-H.; So, H.-Y.;Shin, S. K. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 2010, 21, 1245, DOI: 10.1016/j.jasms.2010.03.035

Bunker, P. R.; Jensen, P. Molecular Symmetry and Spectroscopy, 2nd ed.. NRC Research Press: Ottawa, 1998.
Zare, R. N. Angular Momentum, Wiley: New York, 1998.

Werner, H. J.; Knowles, P. J.; Lindh, R.; Manby, F. R.; Schutz, M. MOLPRO, version 2006. 1., A package of ab initio Programs; See http://www.molpro.net.

Bensaude-Vincent, B. The New Identity of Chemistry as Biomimetic and Nanoscience; 6th International Conferenceon the History of Chemistry, Leuven (Belgium), 28 August−1 September 2007, p 53.
11) Equations and math formulae
Equations and math formulae should be prepared by Microsoft Equation 3.0 (or a later version). All the equationsand math formulae should be numbered by order of appearance in the manuscript with Arabic numbers.
12) Tables
Tables should be numbered by order of appearance in the manuscript with Arabic numbers. Each table should have a brief title. Footnotes may be placed, if necessary, to supplement the tables. Avoid vertical rules. The size of table should fit the MSL’s page (16.5 cm × 22.5 cm).
13) Figures
Figures should be numbered by order of appearance in the manuscript with Arabic numbers. Each figure should have a brief title followed by a brief description, which consists of one or two sentences. Sub-numbering is possible with lowercase alphabets (e.g., a, b, etc.), if necessary. The resolution of a figure should be better than 600 dpi. JPEG (jpg, Joint Photographic Expert Group) format is recommended.

Submission checklist

Authors will be asked to confirm the following statements when they submit a manuscript through the submission system.

* Confirm that the references are formatted as specified by the Author Instruction.

* Confirm that the ORCID iD for the corresponding author is included in the submission process.

* Confirm that the manuscript has been submitted solely to this journal and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere. 

* Confirm that the authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.

* Confirm that the all articles in Mass Spectrometry Letters (MSL) are published and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), meaning that the authors retain the copyright, but they permit anyone unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in MSL, is properly cited.



All authors should have made substantial contributions to all of the following: (1) the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (3) final approval of the version to be published, and (4) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. All those designated as authors should meet all four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria should be identified as authors. Acquisition of funding, data collection, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship. Individuals who have contributed substantially to some (but not all) of the four categories, or in other areas, should be listed in Acknowledgments.

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Changing authorship is possible during revision, if appropriate, according to the additional contributions needed for revision. However, once the decision of acceptance is made, adding authors or changing the first or the corresponding authors is not allowed. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. The Editor may decline any inappropriate changes.


ORCID iD Required

ORCID iDs are required for corresponding authors of published papers. You can enter ORCID iDs in the submission process. ORCID is an independent non-profit effort to provide an open registry of unique researcher identifiers and open services to link research activities and organizations to these identifiers. The ORCID iD is a unique, persistent digital identifier that distinguishes an individual investigator and can be used to connect researchers with their contributions to science over time and across changes of name, location, and institutional affiliation. These free identifiers are assigned and maintained by the non-profit organization ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier).


Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is when an author attempts to pass off someone else work as his or her own. Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. This can range from getting an identical paper published in multiple journals, to salami-slicing, where authors add small amounts of new data to a previous paper.

All the submitted manuscripts for publication are initially checked for plagiarism after submission and before starting review using a plagiarism detection software such as “iThenticate”, “Turnitin”, etc. If plagiarism is detected by the editorial board member, reviewer, editor etc., in any stage of article process- before or after acceptance, we will alert the same to the author(s) and will ask them to rewrite the content or to cite the references from where the content has been taken. If more than 30% of the paper is plagiarized, the article may be rejected and the same is notified to the author.


Human and Animal Rights

Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. All research reports that are submitted for consideration of publication in Mass Spectrometry Letters must include statement(s) of proof that the appropriate approvals were obtained from the relevant authority or research ethics committee. Any manuscript describing a study that used human subjects must include a statement that affirms the experiments were performed with prior informed consent (written or verbal, as appropriate) from each participant. All personal information must be anonymized prior to publication, unless a record of explicit consent from the involved patient(s) has been provided. Any manuscript describing a study that used animal subjects must include a statement in the Experimental section (or text describing the experimental procedures) that affirms all appropriate measures were taken to minimize pain or discomfort, and details of the animals’ care should be provided.

If a study has not been submitted to an ethics committee prior to commencing, retrospective ethics approval usually cannot be obtained and it may not be possible to consider the manuscript for peer review. The decision on whether to proceed to peer review in such cases is at the Editor's discretion.


Informed Consent

For all research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants (or their parent or guardian in the case of children under 16) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript.

For all manuscripts that include details, images, or videos relating to individual participants, written informed consent for the publication of these must be obtained from the participants (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 16) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript. If the participant has died, then consent for publication must be sought from the next of kin of the participant. This documentation must be made available to Editors on request, and will be treated confidentially. In cases where images are entirely unidentifiable and there are no details on individuals reported within the manuscript, consent for publication of images may not be required. The final decision on whether consent to publish is required lies with the Editor.

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