About the Journal

Mass Spectrometry is an academic journal on both fundamentals and applications of mass spectrometry, owned and published by the Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan (MSSJ). Since its first issue in 2012, the journal has contributed to the development of mass spectrometry.

Journal data

  • Publisher: The Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan
  • Published articles: 223 (as of December 3, 2021)
  • Issue cycle: 2 times a year (irregular)
  • Citation frequencies: 1.400 (2017), 1.038 (2016)
  • ISSN (Print): 2187-137X
  • ISSN (Online): 2186-5116

Aims and scope

Mass Spectrometry publishes articles across a broad range of topics in fundamental and applied mass spectrometry. Fundamental topics include instrumental principles, design, development and demonstration, mechanisms of ionization, energetics and chemical structures of gas-phase ions, theories of ion fragmentation, cluster ions, and potential energy surfaces. Applied topics include analysis of compounds or substances of biological, chemical, geological and physical interest. Well-established technologies used in new compounds or simple optimization studies are not usually considered.

Mass Spectrometry is owned and published by the Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan (MSSJ). The journal is Open Access and published continuously online as articles are ready. The aim of the journal is to facilitate the communication of new discoveries and innovative studies to the scientific community, as well as to foster young scientists in the field.


Mass Spectrometry has adopted open access since 2016. Specifically, the journal publish the articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY-NC) 4.0 International license. This allows users to use articles without any need to contact the publisher or authors. Furthermore, authors retain the copyright in their articles and grant the MSSJ and the journal a license to publish their work. Creative Commons licensing has promoted number of articles viewed and the readership of journal.

As journals grow and develop, so too does the workload and the diversity of expertise needed to handle the variety of submitted manuscripts. In response, Mass Spectrometry changed to a more distributed editorial model in 2005. The editor-in-chief assesses each manuscript and allocates an associate editor to act as the monitoring editor. The monitoring editor assigns two referees and, based on their reviews, decides whether the manuscript requires revision. The editor-in-chief makes the final decision on each manuscript based on the monitoring editor’s recommendation. The result is that the best expert handles each submission and the average turnaround time from submission to first decision has decreased.

Mass Spectrometry will continue to ensure that it is a useful resource for members, scientists, researchers and anyone with an interest in technology of spectrometry. The journal is committed to delivering relevant information to researchers and remaining a useful part of their toolkit.

Benefits to authors

  1. Open Access – licensed under Creative Commons. Authors retain copyright of their work for manuscripts.
  2. No charge for publication.
  3. Timely decisions: The average time from submission to first decision is 11 days for regular articles and 6 days for Accelerated Communications.
  4. Timely dissemination: The average time from initial submission to publication for regular Research Articles is 75 days.
  5. Constructive reviews from research-active scientists at all editorial levels.
  6. No page limits for regular Articles.
  7. Color figures are free for all manuscripts.
  8. Papers are highlighted to the MSSJ community through e-mail, JMSSJ, and curated virtual issues.
  9. Indexed in J-STAGE, Medline, PubMed, PubMed Central, Index Medicus, the Science Citation Index, Current Contents – Life Sciences, SCOPUS, BIOSIS Previews, Clarivate Analytics Web of Science, and the Chemical Abstracts Service.

Editorial Board


Toshifumi Takao
Osaka University, Japan

Managing Editor

Shuichi Shimma
Osaka University, Japan

Associate Editors

Satoko Akashi
Yokohama City University, Japan
Takeshi Bamba
Kyushu University, Japan
Jentaie Shiea
National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan
Michisato Toyoda
Osaka University, Japan

Editorial Board

Ryuichi Arakawa
Kansai University, Japan
Yuji Arita
Fukui University, Japan
Yu Bai
Peking University, China
Ivan Chu
The University of Hong Kong
Takafumi Hirata
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Pang-Hung Hsu
National Taiwan Ocean University
Yasushi Ishihama
Kyoto University, Japan
Hideya Kawasaki
Kansai University, Japan
Nana Kawasaki
Yokohama City University, Japan
Hugh I Kim
Korea University, Korea
Huilin Li
Sun Yat-sen University, China
Nariyasu Mano
Tohoku University, Japan
Teruyuki Maruoka
University of Tsukuba, Japan
Fumio Matsuda
Osaka University, Japan
Masahiro Miyashita
Kyoto University, Japan
Han Bin Oh
Sogang University, Korea
Tara Pukala
University of Adelaide, Australia
Hiroaki Sato
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Mitsuo Takayama
Yokohama City University, Japan
Takae Takeuchi
Nara Women’s University, Japan
Adam Trevitt
University of Wollongong, Australia
Susumu Uchiyama
Osaka University, Japan
Yoshinao Wada
Osaka MCH Research Institute, Japan
Yi-Sheng Wang
Academia Sinica
Tohru Yamagaki
Bioorganic Research Institute, Suntory Foundation for Life Sciences, Japan
Atsushi Yamamoto
Tottori University of Environmental Studies, Japan
Zhongping Yao
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ken-ichi Yoshino
Kobe University, Japan

Senior Editorial Advisory Board

Koichi Tanaka
Shimadzu Co., Japan
Richard M. Caprioli
Vanderbilt University, USA
R. Graham Cooks
Purdue University, USA
Catherine Fenselau
University of Maryland, USA
Gary L. Glish
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Michael Gross
Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Fred W. McLafferty
Cornell University, USA