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Author's Guide

Aims and Scope

Mass Spectrometry Letters publishes brief letters (maximum length of 4 pages), technical notes, invited articles and reviews 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. Also, tutorials can be invited and included as a part of Mass Spectrometry Letters.
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
All MS Letters content is Open Access, meaning it is accessible online to everyone, without fee and authors' permission. All MS Letters content is published and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License(Http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Under this license, authors reserve the copyright for their content; however; they permit anyone to unrestrictedly use, distribute, and reproduce the content in any medium as far as the original authors and source are cited. For any reuse, redistribution, or reproduction of a work, users must clarify the license terms under which the work was produced.
Referee Reviews
Submitted manuscripts are subjected to review by at least 2 referees selected by the editors. The authors can recommend preferred potential reviewers with the names and e-mail addresses, and dictate un-preferred reviewers. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.
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 these). 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, invited article, and review
Letters. Short reports on any subject in Mass Spectrometry Letters scope, which require urgency, timeliness, and scientific significance. The length of letters should not exceed four printed pages.
Technical note. The length of technical notes should not exceed three printed pages.
Invited Article. The length of the invited articles should not exceed ten printed pages
Reviews. Review articles on any subjects which Mass Spectrometry Letters covers. There is no restriction in length.
All manuscripts for publication in Mass Spectrometry Letters 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 (click for download) 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.

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

Please ensure the following items are present in the manuscript prior to sending it to the journal's review system

Aims, scope and preparation of manuscripts

*The corresponding author’s e-mail address 


*The corresponding author’s postal address


*The corresponding author’s telephone and fax numbers




*All figure captions


*All tables (including title, description, footnotes)


*References in the correct format for this journal 


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