Mass Spectrometry Letters (MSL) publishes brief letters & technical notes (maximum length of 4 pages), 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. Reviews and tutorials can be invited and included as a part of MSL.
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 KSMS members who have completed the annual membership fee payment.
The copyrights of all the contents published in Mass Spectrometry Letters belong to the Korean Society for Mass Spectrometry. However, the contents in Mass Spectrometry Letters can be reused with permission from the Korean Society for Mass Spectrometry.
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.