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: 256 (on March 12, 2023)
  • 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 2018. 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 19 days.
  4. Timely dissemination: The average time from initial submission to publication for regular Research Articles is 95.5 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


Michisato Toyodamail
Osaka University, Japan


Satoko Akashimail
Yokohama City University, Japan
Yasushi Ishihamamail
Kyoto University, Japan
Hideya Kawasakimail
Kansai University, Japan
Hirochika Suminomail
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Takae Takeuchimail
Nara Womenfs University, Japan
Takeshi Bambamail
Kyushu University, Japan
Fumio Matsudamail
Osaka University, Japan
Nariyasu Manomail
Tohoku University, Japan
Jentaie Shiea
National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan

Associate Editors

Masahiro Miyashitamail
Kyoto University, Japan
Shuichi Shimmamail
Osaka University, Japan

Editorial Advisory Board

Yuji Arita
Fukui University, Japan
Yoshihiro Izumi
Kyushu University, Japan
Susumu Uchiyama
Osaka University, Japan
Yoichi Otsuka
Osaka University, Japan
Nana Kawasaki
Yokohama City University, Japan
Tomoya Kinumi
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Daisuke Saigusa
Teikyo University, Japan
Kazumi Saikusa
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Kanako Sekimoto
Yokohama City University, Japan
Yuki Sugiura
Kyoto University, Japan
Masaharu Tanimizu
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
Lee Chuin Chen
University of Yamanashi, Japan
Kentaro Terada
Osaka University, Japan
Takafumi Hirata
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Akimasa Fujihara
Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
Masamitsu Maekawa
Tohoku University, Japan
Teruyuki Maruoka
University of Tsukuba, Japan
Tomoyuki Yatsuhashi
Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
Tohru Yamagaki
Bioorganic Research Institute, Suntory Foundation for Life Sciences, Japan
Atsushi Yamamoto
Tottori University of Environmental Studies, Japan
Ken-ichi Yoshino
Kobe University, Japan
Yu Bai
Peking University, China
Ivan Chu
The University of Hong Kong
Pang-Hung Hsu
National Taiwan Ocean University
Hugh I Kim
Korea University, Korea
Huilin Li
Sun Yat-sen University, China
Han Bin Oh
Sogang University, Korea
Tara Pukala
University of Adelaide, Australia
Adam Trevitt
University of Wollongong, Australia
Yi-Sheng Wang
Academia Sinica
Zhongping Yao
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Senior Editorial Advisory Board

Yoshinao Wada
Osaka MCH Research Institute, Japan
Toshifumi Takao
Osaka University, Japan
Kenzo Hiraoka
University of Yamanashi, Japan
Ryuichi Arakawa
Kansai University, Japan
Mitsuo Takayama
Yokohama City University, Japan
Takemichi Nakamura
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
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