Mass Spectrometry Reviews

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Co-Editors: Dominic M. Desiderio & Carlito B. Lebrilla

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Online ISSN: 1098-2787

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Author Guidelines

Most articles in Mass Spectrometry Reviews are invited by the Editors. Authors who wish to prepare an unsolicited review must first contact one of the editors with a full proposal of the topic and scope of the article. In all cases, the author and the Editors must agree on an outline before the paper is submitted. All manuscripts will undergo strict peer review.

All correspondence on submissions, papers under review, and editorial matters should be sent to one of the Co-Editors: Professor Dominic M. Desiderio,; or Professor Carlito B. Lebrilla, . One may also correspond with one of the Subject Editors: Basic Mass Spectrometry--Professor Einar Uggerud, ; Applied Mass Spectrometry--Professor Paul Vouros, . All other correspondence should be addressed to the Publisher, Paul Trevorrow,

Authors are strongly encouraged to use the Author Checklist while preparing their final manuscript. Using the checklist will facilitate publication of accepted manuscripts.

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically in English (if possible in American spelling) directly to their corresponding editor. Remember that English is not the native language of many readers; please strive for a simple style.

International Science Editing Services: Other international Authors who wish to obtain the pre-submission services of professional English-language editors, pre-submission should make contact and arrange payment with the editing service of their choice directly.   The following website lists a number of English-language editing suppliers:


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Use the nomenclature sponsored by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for chemical compounds. For nomenclature of mass spectrometry, see; Definitions of terms relating to mass spectrometry (IUPAC Recommendations 2013). Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 85, No. 7, pp. 1515–1609, 2013.

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SI units are preferred. Similarly, use standard abbreviations (see IUPAC Manual of Symbols and Terminology for Physicochemical Quantities and Units ). Use nonstandard abbreviations sparingly and define them at their first appearance.

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References and notes should appear on line and list authors' last names in parenthesis with the text in the order of their appearance [(Smith, 1997); (Smith & Jones, 1997); (Smith, Jones, & Rogers, 1997); (Smith et al., 1997)]. Gather them together at the end of the text and list in alphabetical order. Bibliographic references should be complete and follow the samples following this paragraph. Journal title abbreviations must conform to those used in Chemical Abstracts . The title is added for each reference. If reference is made to a generally unavailable journal, especially if used only through an abstract journal, reference should be made to this abstract journal too. Citations such as "manuscript in preparation," "unpublished report," and "private correspondence" should not be included in the references. However, such citations may be made parenthetically in text. Proceedings of some scientific meetings (e.g., such as the American Society for Mass Spectrometry) are not peer-reviewed, and (except for very rare cases) are not acceptable as a reference.



Schram KH. 1998. Urinary nucleosides. Mass Spectrom Rev 17:131-251.


Voet D, Voet JG. 1990. Biochemistry. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1223 p.

Book chapter

Gilmor ML, Rouse ST, Heilman CJ, Nash NR, Levey AI. 1998. Receptor fusion proteins and analysis. In: Ariano MA, editor. Receptor localization. New York: Wiley-Liss. p 75-90.



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No article can be published unless accompanied by a signed publication agreement, which serves as a transfer of copyright from author to publisher. A publication agreement may be obtained from the editor or the publisher or at the following Web address: .   Please send the CTA to the Production Editor via mail, fax, or email. Only original papers will be accepted and copyright in published papers will be vested in the publisher.


It is the authors responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication. Please include permissions in figure captions as follows: .Reprinted with permission from [author or authors] (year), copyright year [publisher].

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Manuscript Proofs:

Electronic Proofing : In order to expedite the publication and on-line posting of articles in Wiley Online Library, Mass Spectrometry Reviews uses electronic proofing. All Corresponding authors will be sent page proofs (and paperwork, such as reprint order forms) in pdf format via e-mail. Please follow the instructions in the e-mail; contact names and numbers are given for questions or problems.. A fax cover form with the Production Editor’s information is also provided for authors to fax their corrections.   Because author's alterations (as opposed to printer's errors) in proof are expensive, the publisher reserves the right to charge authors for alterations to text. A reprint order form is enclosed with the proofs and should be returned with the corrected proofs. The corresponding author will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which the article is published.

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