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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.

The PE, who is capable of providing an authoritative and objective scientific assessment of your paper and of offering constructive, critical comments on it, shall 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 may then select an appropriate PE from the list.
Before this proceeding, the author(s) are strongly recommended to get a consent for the reviewing from the PE. If the PE agrees to accept the task of reviewing your paper, 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 author(s) may 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
Structure and m/z of Singly Charged Even-Electron Fragment Ions in Organic Mass Spectrometry: “A Rule of Mass Shift” Revisited (Secondary Publication) (Original Article)
Hisao Nakata
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
Influence of Solvent Composition and Surface Tension on the Signal Intensity of Amino Acids in Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (Original Article)
Ami Kageyama (Kaneshima), Akira Motoyama, and Mitsuo Takayama
Imaging Isomers on a Biological Surface: A Review (Review)
Britt S. R. Claes, Emi Takeo, Eiichiro Fukusaki, Shuichi Shimma, and Ron M. A. Heeren

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
Identifying Double Bond Positions in Phospholipids Using Liquid Chromatography-Triple Quadrupole Tandem Mass Spectrometry Based on Oxygen Attachment Dissociation (Original Article)
Hidenori Takahashi, Yuji Shimabukuro, Daiki Asakawa, Akihito Korenaga, Masaki Yamada, Shinichi Iwamoto, Motoi Wada, and Koichi Tanaka
Natural Product Discovery by Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (Review)
Joanne Y. Yew