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Purpose and area of journal

The journal “Mass spectrometry” is designed for the rapid publication of original research articles, reviews, training, and some reference materials for all sections of the theory and practice of mass spectrometry. The main purpose is to inform the researchers, professors, graduate students, job seekers and students who are engaged in basic and applied mass spectrometric studies, and experts using mass spectrometric methods in practice to address environmental and analytical applications in various fields of science and technology, on the latest developments in these areas. The authors of the journal can be both Russian and foreign scientists. The journal is published at intervals 4 issues per year and is not Honorarium. Fee for publication in the Journal of the manuscript of a scientific nature will be charged, including graduate and doctoral students.

In the sphere of interest of the journal includes the following studies: 

  • the development and improvement of mass-spectroscopic instruments and the various options for hardware design combined methods based on them; • experimental and theoretical study of the structure, energy, and mechanistic aspects of the reactivity of the ions in the gas phase;
  • study of the phenomena of ionization and fragmentation of various types of ionization (including multiphoton) in gases, liquids and solids;
  • mass-spectrometric study of ion-molecule reactions;
  • research in the field of theory, methodology and practice of matrix-assisted laser desorption / ionization, electrospray / ionization and other new methods of ionization;
  • further improvement of the time-of-flight analyzer, tandem mass spectrometry, mass spectrometry, Fourier transform (ion – cyclotron resonance);
  • determination of the structure of biological molecules and biopolymers, proteomics, genomics;
  • analysis of mixtures of organic Connects mass spectrometric methods;
  • the use of mass spectrometry to the study and characterization of synthetic polymers and plastics;
  • the use of mass spectrometry in inorganic chemistry;
  • All types of mass spectrometry elemental and isotopic analyzes and preparative separation of heavy isotopes;
  • the use of automated and computer techniques in mass spectrometry;
  • Development and improvement of mass spectral databases;
  • the use of mass spectrometry in bioorganic chemistry, petrochemistry, geochemistry, environmental protection, medicine, metabolomics, pharmacology, toxicology, doping control and other areas of science and technology. The manuscript should not be published before, and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere during the period of its publication in the magazine “Mass Spectrometry.”


Types of articles published in the journal

The journal “Mass spectrometry” publishes original research articles and letters to the editor that have not previously been published in other publications. Periodically make this information available on various issues of fundamental and applied mass spectrometry, as well as review articles on new promising emerging developments. It is also proposed periodic publication of articles and academic nature that may be useful to young scientists, graduate students and students in the study of fundamental and applied aspects of mass spectrometry. In addition, the journal will publish book reviews, software reviews, discussion papers, information about and upcoming Russian and international conferences on mass spectrometry and near areas of science.

Original research papers should present their own experimental, theoretical and applied results of the authors, contain the required number of experimental or computational details that provide playback of data, and should be perceived as sufficient description of completed studies. The volume of these manuscripts should not exceed 20 pages, typed on a computer with 1.5 line spacing and font size 14, including illustrative materials.

Letters to the editor should describe in summary form new ones, especially important and impressive results of the authors. They should also contain sufficient experimental or design information to enable the reader to reproduce the results. In the form of letters to the editor are published, and discussion comments to articles already published in the journal “Mass spectrometry”, and other domestic and foreign periodicals. The authors discuss the work can also take part in a discussion in the framework of this type of publication. In the form of letters to the editor are published proposals for nomenclature and terminology, practical tips for carrying out the experiments and data processing. Letters to the editor are published out of order. The volume of these manuscripts should not exceed 6 pages, typed on a computer with 1.5 line spacing and font size 14, including illustrative materials.

Reviews should consider the current problems of mass spectrometry with a critical analysis of the data published in the last 20-30 years. Admitted author’s reviews. Review articles tend to have ordered. However, in certain surveys, topics which are offered by the authors. In this case, prior to writing the review must be harmonized with the editors of the magazine. The maximum amount of reviews of manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages, typed on a computer with 1.5 line spacing and font size 14, including illustrative materials.

Articles about fairly new, but promising and rapidly developing areas, are usually presented by scientists who have made the greatest contribution to the development of this direction or a strong interest in this area. These articles also have a custom character, but proposals by the authors will also be considered.

Comprehensive articles, materials, and comments. Educational articles describing new, but already quite developed mass spectrometric methods and methodological approaches commonly ordered scientist who made the greatest contribution to the development of these methods.

Russian manuscript authors should be written in Russian. English-speaking foreign authors can submit manuscripts in either English (acceptable as English and American spelling), or in Russian. The article must be well written in a fairly concise manner and must contain the required number of illustrative material. Avoid repetition of the same data in tables, figures, and text. Authors should be aware that the reader is familiar with mass spectrometry in general, but not necessarily its specific area, which is discussed in the article.

Structure of the manuscript

The material of the manuscript should be organized as follows:

1. The full title of the paper (do not use any abbreviations)

2. The authors (first name, last name in full). If the authors represent different organizations, after the names in italics superscript numbers (1, 2, 3 …) the identity of the organization’s website. Denoted by an asterisk, which will correspond to the process of preparing the manuscript for publication and which can later be sent to the requirements of the prints.

3. Full name of institution or organization with a new line mailing address (country, postal code, city, street, house number). If the article is presented by several companies, the name and address of each on a new line, and in the early superscript letter index is designated organization for the respective authors. After the address of the organization (a new line) is written e-mail the author with which communication.

4. A brief abstract of up to 300 words. The abstract should clearly and concisely describe the purpose of the research, the principal results and major findings (do not use abbreviations). For letters to the editor, book reviews and information about the conference abstract is required.

5. Keywords (10).

6. The main part of the manuscript should contain the following sections in the sequence o Introduction o Experimental o Discussion of Results Conclusion o o o Acknowledgements References

7. A separate page should be given captions. Captions should include the figure number and a brief description in a sentence or two experimental conditions.

8. The manuscript concludes a set of tables and figures (preferably each numbered table and figure present on a separate page.) Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Each table should have a short title that describes its contents.

9. On a separate page gives a complete English translation of the article title, authors, organizations, summaries, keywords. The authors of English language material is not required.

10. For letters to the editor arrangement of the material is the same as for large items (items are not labeled).

11. Reviews, prospective survey and tutorial papers do not contain special sections and discussion of the experimental results. However, the annotation can be accompanied by a table of contents, and the full article to break the relevant headings.

12. For the English version of the journal authors (in addition to item 9) must submit a list of used mass spectrometry and other special terms in English, English names mentioned in the article was a reaction, reagents, biological and other words and phrases, the correct translation of which is important in Article translated into English. List a separate file, the file name must consist of the first author’s surname and the word glossary (eg, ivanov-glossary.doc).


1. The manuscripts are sent to the editor in electronic format only. In preparing the material on your computer, use the following programs and file formats:

a) The text should be typed in the editor, Microsoft Word (version 6.0) with 1.5 line spacing.

b) The tables should be formed only in MS Exel spreadsheet editors or MS Word. Generate a table using the indentation, spacing, and tabs can not.

c) Graphic drawings and photographs should be submitted in the format TIFF, scanning and processing of drawings should be made with a resolution of at least 1200 dpi for line drawings and 300 dpi for black-and-white drawings and color photographs. Curves, graphs, and other line art, if they are obtained by scanning of paper originals, should be given in the format EPS (AI).

d) for a set of chemical structures reaction schemes fragmentation mechanisms, etc. You can use any specialized program, for example, ChemWindow, HyperChem, ChemDraw, ChemOffice, ISIS Draw.

e) All of the mathematical and chemical symbols, formulas and equations and diagrams of the reactions and fragmentation should be inserted in the appropriate places of the text.

2. The text of articles can be printed in any font, but more preferred are common fonts like Times New Roman, Arial, Courier. The names of chemical compounds must be given according to the nomenclature recommended by the IUPAC (“IUPAC nomenclature rules in Chemistry”, 1979). To identify certain chemical compounds terms substituents in text (but not in the title and abstract) can use conventional abbreviations for example, alkyl (Alk), aryl (Ar), a halogen (Hal), methyl (Me), ethyl (Et ), propyl (Pr), isopropyl (i-Pr), butyl (Bu), tert-butyl (t-Bu); (italics i, t, t) amino acid – glycine (Gly), alanine (Ala), valine ( Val), etc. In the designation of certain solvents in the text can also be used to reduce the established, such as DMSO – dimethyl sulfoxide, THF – tetrahydrofuran, DMF – dimethylformamide, TMS – trimethylsilane and so must use standard mass spectrometric terms recommended by the IUPAC (Pure and Applied Chemistry 63, 1541 – 1566 (1991), as well as suggested in the book (OD Sparkman, Mass Spec Desk Reference, Global View Publishing, Pittsburg, 2000). Periodically, this terminology will be published in the journal “Mass Spectrometry.” dimensions of all physical quantities should only be given in International SI. By way of exception can be used Daltons (Da) refer to the mass and energy eV notation. avoid giving constituents dimension as fractions: J / mol mol / l, etc., and use superscripts: kJ mol-1 mol L-1, etc. (not recommended kcal mol-1 instead of kJ mol-1). decimals integer part from the decimal separator is used. interval between the numbers denoted by a dash (for example, 20-70) , the negative power in dimensions is denoted by a minus (hyphen), not a hyphen. Basically, you can use the text-established abbreviations commonly known physico-chemical methods (GC, HPLC, NMR, etc.). However, you should not use these abbreviations in the title and abstract. remaining non-standard symbols and abbreviations are explained in the text of the first occurrence (here, they are given in parentheses in bold). Mathematical equations indent and numbered in Arabic numerals in parentheses to the right of equations. Latin letters in the equations, diagrams , text, tables, figures given in italics and the Greek right.

3. Formulae mentioned more than once, all in bold Arabic numerals and numbered in order of appearance in the text. schemes and fragmentation reactions is desirable to enumerate (without additional placards), referring to the the text to the number scheme. Tables and figures must be numbered in order of appearance reference in the text (see Table 1, Table. 2, etc., Fig. 1a, Fig. 2d, Fig. 5, etc.) . drawings themselves on the field to give the notation a, b, c, etc. without brackets. numerical designation on the curves give italics. Graphs mass spectra axes denoted as follows: x-axis – m / z; ordinate – relative intensity, %. signatures in the tables and in the maps themselves are not allowed contraction of the words.

4. in the experimental section should provide information on the purity of the compounds studied, their preparation with reference to relevant literature. For newly synthesized compounds should be in sufficient detail to describe the reaction as well as lead Physico-chemical constants and spectral data (not mass spectral) confirming their structure. Mass spectrometry experiment to be presented listing brand instrument ionization method and conditions used the system input samples chromatographic techniques (column stationary and mobile phase conditions Chromatography), etc. Non-standard mass-spectrometric experiments should be described in more detail.

5. References in the paper should be numbered in the text by Arabic numerals in square brackets in order of mention. shall not be used for endnotes of references. References should be registered in the as entered into force (September 2008) of the new National Standard of the Russian Federation “,” bibliographic references. general requirements and rules “(GOST 2008 7.0.5.) References in the reference list must contain the names and initials of all authors, the full the titles of articles, abbreviations of journals (according to the system used in the Chemical Abstract) and be issued as follows. All punctuation marks (., / / ​​/,) Should be placed as indicated in the instructions (leave gaps where necessary).

Monographs, textbooks:

Link to the entire monograph (required to give the total number of pages):

1. Lebedev A.T. Mass spectrometry in organic chemistry. M. Bean, 2003. 493 sec.

2. Watson J.T. Introduction to Mass Spectrometry. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 1997. 200 p.

3. Tarasov V.I. political history of Latin America: studies. for high schools. Ed. 2nd. M.: Prospect, 2006. 500.

4. Quantifying Uncertainty in Analytical Measurement Guide EVRAHIM / CITAC. Ed. Second / VNIIM. DI Mendeleev, St. Petersburg., 2002. 149 p.

5. Quadrupole mass spectrometry and its applications / American Institute of Physics; Ed. P.H. Dawson. Amsterdam, 1976. 422 p.

Link to a specific page monograph

6. Lebedev AT Mass spectrometry in organic chemistry. M. Bean, 2003. S. 156-167. Collection

7. Modern Problems of Physical Chemistry of Nanomaterials: Fri. Scientific. tr. / Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry. AN Frumkin Sciences, ed. AY Tsivadze. Publishing House “Border”, 2008. 576.

8. Philosophy of culture and philosophy of science: problems and hypotheses: Interuniversity. Sat Scientific. tr. / Sarat. State. University Press, ed. SF Martynovich. Saratov: Sarat in. University Press, 1999. 199. Proceedings of

9. Kuznetsov Yu Consortium – a mechanism to organize subscription to e-resources / / Russian Foundation for Basic Research: ten years of service to the Russian science. M.: Scientific. World, 2003. S. 340-342.

10. S. Chizhov, VI cadence Chemistry carbohydrate derivatives in gas phase / / Mass spectrometry, chemical kinetics, ed. VL Tal’roze. Moscow: Nauka, 1985. S. 271-282.

11. Halket J.M. Derivatives for gas chromatography-mass spectrometry / / Handbook of Derivatives for Chromatography; Eds. K. Blau, J.M. Halket. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 1993. R. 297-327. A book of abstracts, materials research activities Link to the entire collection:

12. New methods and instruments for chemical research and analysis: Theses. Reports. XVIII Mendeleev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry: 5 tons Publishing House “Border”, 2007. T. 4. 634 sec.

13. Kinetics of electrode processes: Abstracts 8th Intern. Frumkin Symp. M., 2005. 327 p.

14. Ion transport in organic and inorganic membranes: Mater. Conf. Ion transport in organic and inorganic membranes, Tuapse, 2007. 200.

15. 6th European Workshop on Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry “SIMS Europe 2008″: Book of Abstracts. Munster: University of Munster, 2008. 134 p.

Link to the author’s thesis:

16. Lebedev A.T. Current state and prospects of mass spectrometry / / New methods and instruments for chemical research and analysis: Theses. Reports. XVIII Mendeleev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry: 5 tons Publishing House “Border”, 2007. T. 4. S. 35.

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18. Hudson C.E., McAdoo D.J. Elimination of methane from protonated acetaldehyde: the nature of the transition state: Proc. 42nd ASMS Conf. on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. Chicago (USA), 1994. P. 813-814.

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References in English

In addition to the above list of references in the article is a duplicate list of additional literature in the English yazyke.Pri available in the bibliography of sources originally in Latin, they are transported in the second list in a truncated form, eliminated the titles of articles, if more than three authors, written in 3′s further Links to Russian sources should be transliterated! When transliterated Russian-language magazine titles refer to the most desirable magazine for reference, how to write his name in the transliterated form (otherwise, reference may be “blind” that is not available to search engines.) The example of such a reference: Zyakun AM, Oganesyants LA, Panasyuk AL, et al. / / Mass-spektrometria. , 2012. Vol. 9, N. 1. P. 16-22. In this case, the need to bring the bibliography in the old, the usual form, in accordance with the rules for authors, is also required (in other words, in the journal will provide two lists – one normal, the other – all in Latin).

Submission of articles and materials for publication

In order to ensure the fastest possible publication of the articles of the manuscript should be submitted electronically in a single file (which must be included the entire text and illustrative material) by email to the editorial board ( and parallel editor ( In an accompanying statement, you can specify the name of the editor, who will oversee the passage of the preparation of the manuscript for publication. In parallel, the authors must send to the editor by mail (119234, Moscow, p / 51) Acts of expertise with a covering letter from the organization. On receipt of the manuscript and accompanying documents, the authors are notified by e-mail. Prior to receiving the editorship of acts of examination paper will not be published. After the acceptance of the article for publication, authors should make the author’s agreement, sign it with all the sponsors and send the signed document to the editor in 2 copies. The text of the agreement can be downloaded below. Files with the manuscripts should be named using only Latin letters. When using a file archiver must have the appropriate extension (ZIP, ARJ, RAR, etc.).

Contact details: • The editorial board of “Mass Spectrometry”: 119234 Moscow, a / I 51 Tel. +7 (495) 9391407 e-mail: •

The publishing process

For more objective conclusion about the possibility of publishing an article in the magazine “Mass Spectrometry,” the manuscript is reviewed by at least two experts. Reviewers are usually chosen editor. The authors can offer their candidacy reviewers, telling the editors for their names and exact addresses and e-mail (e-mail, phone, fax). Within 2 weeks of review are forwarded to the editor electronically and in hard copy in parallel with the signature of the reviewer to the journal. Reviews can be written in any form and should address the following questions: is the complete manuscript is reflected in the novelty of the work, what contribution the work in the theory and / or practice of mass spectrometry; enough to clearly and logically written article, if there is enough available for full cited Reading this issue, enough to adequately illustrated work. If the two reviewers will have a completely different opinion about the material, the article will be sent to a third reviewer. Negative reviews and comments that contain comments that require radical or partial processing of the material sent to reviewers. Latest in the shortest possible time, or decide to withdraw the manuscript, or of its processing in accordance with the comments that reviewers seem fair. Revised manuscript as quickly forwarded to the editor. It must be accompanied by the authors ‘comments on the implementation of the recommended changes and / or reasoned objections to the reviewers’ comments. Revised manuscript should be returned to the editor no later than 1 month. Manuscript received after this time or requiring a major new treatment will be considered a new submission. After a scientific and technical editing of the manuscript is transferred to the layout. Editorial sends to the author for checking proofs article as a file in PDF. In the text and tables of proof permitted only minor changes from the author’s text. Updates shall be returned to the editor by fax (you can forward only those pages that have a mark on the required revision) as soon as possible (not more than a week). Comments on the layout can be sent to the editor by e-mail. Authors will receive 10 reprints of their articles, and 1 copy of the journal in which the article was published.

The contract with the author