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Announcement of Prearranged-Editor Process

Mass Spectrometry will be launching a new peer-review process (referred to as a prearranged-editor (PE)) starting in July, 2019. Authors who wish to use this PE process may find the following guidelines useful.
An acceptable editor will be someone who is capable of providing an authoritative and objective scientific assessment of your paper and of offering constructive, critical comments on it.
The person selected (the PE) will act as the sole referee and the person-in-charge of the paper being submitted for publication in Mass Spectrometry. All members of the Editorial Board listed on Mass Spectrometry will obviously be acceptable as a PE. In submitting a paper via online submission system at, you will first be asked if you plan to use the PE process. If you plan to use this process, you will then select an appropriate PE from the list, the PE will receive minimum information (title, authors, abstract) of the paper. If the PE agrees to accept the task of reviewing your paper, he/she will then download the full paper from the system and critique it, and will then contact you with information on whether the paper will need to be revised or modified. After completion of the revision that is requested from the PE, the authors will upload the final version of the paper via the system. The PE must not be a co-author on the manuscript, and none of the authors listed on the paper must be in the same laboratory as the PE.
The Editor-in-Chief or Associate editors of Mass Spectrometry will then make a final decision on the paper, taking into account the recommendation from the PE. In cases where the PE listed on Mass Spectrometry is not available, the author will be requested to submit the paper by the regular submission process.

List of prearranged editors

Latest Issue

Vol. 8, (2019)

Measurement of the Spatial Distribution of S1P in Small Quantities of Tissues: Development and Application of a Highly Sensitive LC-MS/MS Method Combined with Laser Microdissection (Original Article)
Jiao Wang, Kuniyuki Kano, Daisuke Saigusa, and Junken Aoki
Fragmentation of dicarboxylic and tricarboxylic acids in the Krebs cycle using GC-EI-MS and GC-EI-MS/MS (Original Article)
Nobuyuki Okahashi, Shuichi Kawana, Junko Iida, Hiroshi Shimizu, and Fumio Matsuda
Atmospheric Pressure Dark-Current Argon Discharge Ionization with Comparable Performance to Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (Original Article)
Kanako Sekimoto, Motoshi Sakakura, Hiroshi Hike, Takatomo Kawamukai, Teruhisa Shiota, and Mitsuo Takayama
Proposal: Recommendation on Measuring and Providing Mass Spectra as Chemical Information of Organic Molecules (Secondary Publication) (Review)
MassBank Database Committee, The Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan

Vol. 8, No. 2: Special Issue of the 2nd International BMS Symposium 2018

High-Temperature Liquid Chromatography and the Hyphenation with Mass Spectrometry Using High-Pressure Electrospray Ionization (Review)
Lee Chuin Chen