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European Journal of Mass Spectrometry

European Journal of Mass Spectrometry

Published in Association with British Mass Spectrometry Society
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eISSN: 17516838 | ISSN: 14690667 | Current volume: 30 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly
Commencing in 2017 SAGE is delighted to be the new publisher of European Journal of Mass Spectrometry. Information and full-text content will continue to be accessible from IM Publications website as the journal transitions to SAGE.

EJMS—European Journal of Mass Spectrometry is a peer reviewed journal covering all areas of mass spectrometry. Whilst “European” in its publishing base, its distribution, editors and authors are truly global.

EJMS - European Journal of Mass Spectrometry, is a peer-reviewed journal, devoted to the publication of innovative research in mass spectrometry. Articles in the journal come from proteomics, metabolomics, petroleomics and other areas developing under the umbrella of the “omic revolution”.

The scope of the journal covers applications of mass spectrometry in biology and medicine, ionisation in gas, liquid and solid phases, chemical reactions of ions in the gas phase, physics of ionic collisions, spectroscopy of ions, design and manufacture of mass spectrometers, applications of computers to mass spectrometry and applications of mass spectrometry to the environment and applications in the pharmaceutical industry.

Topics of interest include experimental and theoretical studies of structures, energetics and reactions of gaseous ions, ion optical theories and ion optics in high vacuum and at higher pressures, ion formation from biological solids, elucidation of interactions and structures of biomolecules in condensed phases, mechanisms of ionic reactions, electrospray ionisation (ESI) and nano-electrospray ionisation, laser –stimulated ionisation and desorption of macromolecules in condensed phases, mass spectrometry of industrial organic and inorganic polymers, formation and reactions of reactions of clusters, reactions of ions at surfaces, multi-photon ionisation and dissociation, ion mobilityand related techniques, time-of-flight (ToF), Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) and theories of ion formation, ion structure and dynamics of ion reactions.

Prof. Dr Jürgen Grotemeyer Christian-Albrechts (CAU)-Universität Kiel, Germany
Founding Editor
Managing Board
Dr Jean Futrell Pacific Northwest National Laboratory-PNNL, USA
Prof. Hans-Friedrich Grützmacher Universität Bielefeld, Germany
Prof. John Holmes University of Ottawa, Canada
Prof. Mamoru Ohashi Kanagawa University, Japan
Prof. Douglas Ridge University of Delaware, USA
Prof. John Todd University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
Dr. Tara Pukala The University of Adelaide, Australia
François Fenaille CEA Saclay, France
Prof. Mary T. Rodgers Wayne State University, USA
Prof. Michisato Toyoda Osaka University, Japan
Prof. Vlaldimir Zaikin Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Russia
Editorial Advisory Board
Jonathan Amster University of Georgia, USA
Alison Ashcroft University of Leeds, UK
Stephen Blanksby Queensland University of Technology-QUT, Australia
Richard Bowen University of Bradford, UK
Leopoldo Ceraulo Università Degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Dominic Chan The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Prof. Huanwen Chen Jiangxi University, PR China
Anastassios Giannakopulos ThermoFisher Scientific (Bremen) GmbH, Germany
Michael Glocker University of Rostock, Germany
Felice Grandinetti Università degli Studi della Tuscia-Viterbo, Italy
Jürgen Gross Universität Heidelberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Frank Gunzer The German University in Cairo, Egypt
Steen Hammerum University of Copenhagen-Copenhagen, Denmark
Vladimír Havlícek Institute of Microbiology, v.v.i., Czech Republic
Olivier Laprevote Université Paris Descartes, France
Albert Lebedev Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Russia
Carlito Lebrilla University of California (UC)-Davis, USA
Eugene Nikolaev Institute of Energy Problems of Chemical Physics, Russia
Richard O'Hair University of Melbourne, Australia
Alexey Sysoev National Research Nuclear University, Russia
Yury Tsybin École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Einar Uggerud Universitetet i Oslo (UiO), Norway
Mariappanadar Vairamani SRM University, India
Prof Xiaozhi Wang Zhejiang University, PR China
Chrys Wesdemiotis University of Akron, USA
Renato Zenobi Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule–ETH Zürich, Switzerland
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of European Journal of Mass Spectrometry will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to European Journal of Mass Spectrometry, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    •    Original research papers should report the results of the author(s)’s work, in sufficient detail to allow experiments or calculations to be reproduced. This work should have been brought to a stage at which it can be considered to be complete.
    •    Letters are reports of original research, the conclusions of which must represent a significant advance in understanding of an important issue and carry major implication for mass spectrometry as a discipline. Letters are usually published within three weeks of submission, subject of course to satisfactory review. Letters are typically reviewed by one of the Editors.
    •    Accounts provide concise reviews of active areas of research. They are normally written by scientists who have strong current interests in the areas. They should be succinct and lucid, they can be polemical and they ought to predict future developments. Accounts are accompanied by a biography and photograph of the author.
    •    Protocols describe in detail new experimental methods for specific analyses by mass spectrometry most commonly for proteomics, metabolomics and related applications. The article must allow an informed reader to use the analytical protocol in question in their own laboratory.
    •    New Techniques are typically short articles describing novel or improved ways of performing a particular aspect of an experiment.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    European Journal of Mass Spectrometry operates a conventional single-anonymize reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of two peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission,
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors,
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted.

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    • Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    • Approved the version to be published,
    • Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    [FOR SINGLE ANONYMIZE JOURNALS: Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.]

    2.3.1 Third party submissions
    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.3.2 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    European Journal of Mass Spectrometry requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of European Journal of Mass Spectrometry to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    2.6 Research Data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    European Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    European Journal of Mass Spectrometry offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    •    Original research papers. An abstract not normally exceeding 350 words should be given. The abstract should describe the scope of the article and should highlight any significant areas. Up to 10 keywords should be provided.
    •    Letters must be no more than four journal pages in length. Letters have an Abstract, which is a summary designed both to reach readers outside of the specific area of mass spectrometry in question and to convey the main findings of the research, as well as up to 10 Keywords to facilitate indexing. Manuscripts must be submitted online via and identified as a “Letter” during the submission process. It is essential that either a covering letter is included stating how the contribution meets the requirements for publication as a Letter. The Letter must be suitable for publication with no more than minor amendments. Authors are expected to submit any revised manuscripts within 48 hours of receiving the referees’ reports. Given the accelerated treatment accorded to Letters, it is particularly important that they are written to a standard of English to allow rapid refereeing. If necessary, authors are encouraged to have their manuscript read by a native English speaker before submission or make use of a language editing service (see section 4.6). EJMS considers Online First publication as the primary date of publication, and so three weeks relates to publication online as an Online First paper. The author therefore accepts that the initial publication will be in a form before copy editing and typesetting. This version will be replaced with the copy-edited and typeset version once corrected proofs have been received from the author.
    •    Accounts are normally less than 10,000 words in length, not including figures. Accounts should contain a summary of normally not more than 500 words. Accounts are accompanied by a biography and photograph of the author.
    •    Protocols. An Abstract not normally exceeding 350 words should be given, as for Original Research Papers. Up to 5 keywords should be given. Full details of experimental conditions and procedures must be given.
    •    New Techniques. An Abstract normally of 100 words or less should be given. The new technique must be discussed and evaluated relative to the currently accepted technique. A New Technique should not normally exceed four journal pages.
    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    European Journal of Mass Spectrometry adheres to the Sage Vancouver reference style. View the Sage Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the Sage Vancouver EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    European Journal of Mass Spectrometry is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.



    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the European Journal of Mass Spectrometry editorial office as follows:

    Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Grotemeyer, as follows:

    Individual Subscription, E-access

    Individual Subscription, Print Only

    Individual Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

    Institutional Backfile Purchase, E-access (Content through 1998)

    Institutional Subscription, E-access

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    Institutional Subscription, Print Only

    Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

    Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, Combined Plus Backfile (Current Volume Print & All Online Content)

    Individual, Single Print Issue

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