For Authors

Type of paper

Mass Spectrometry will publish original research articles, reviews, and technical reports. The manuscript text of research article should follow the format described below and not exceed 16 printed pages (approximately 500 words per page), and a maximum of 8 normal-sized figures and/or tables are allowed. Reviews do not have a fixed style but should focus on recent developments with minimal historical documentation and the length should not exceed 30 printed pages. Technical reports are typically short articles describing novel or improved ways or protocols of performing a particular aspect of analyses or experiments.


Manuscripts are written in good English that is unambiguous enough for the intended meaning of the authors to be clearly understandable. Based on this criterion, the Editor may request the authors to resubmit once the language issues have been improved. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English.


Manuscripts submitted for publication in Mass Spectrometry must be original works by the authors. The manuscript must not have been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or academic thesis), nor will be, submitted for publication or published including electronically in the same form in any other language without the written consent of the copyright-holder.


Mass Spectrometry publishes open access articles under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY NC) license.

The Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC) permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Copyright on any research article published in this journal is retained by the author(s). Authors grant The Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan (MSSJ) a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified.

Use by non-commercial users

For non-commercial and non-promotional purposes individual users may access, download, copy, display and redistribute to colleagues the articles. If article content is copied, downloaded or otherwise reused for non-commercial research and education purposes, a link to the appropriate bibliographic citation (authors, journal, article title, volume, issue, page numbers and DOI) should be maintained. Copyright notices and disclaimers must not be deleted. Any translations must display the statement: "This is an unofficial translation of an article that appeared in Mass Spectrometry. The MSSJ has not endorsed this translation."

Use by commercial "for-profit" organizations

Use of articles for commercial, promotional, or marketing purposes requires further explicit permission from the MSSJ and will be subject to a fee.
All requests to republish the article (in whole or in part) in another work such as a book or journal article (other than normal quotations with an appropriate citation) can be cleared directly from the point of content by asking the editorial office.
For other commercial, promotional, or marketing purposes please contact ( Commercial purposes include: Copying or downloading of articles, or linking to such articles for further redistribution, sale or licensing; Copying, downloading or posting by a site or service that incorporates advertising with such content; The inclusion or incorporation of article content in other works or services (for example, a compilation produced for marketing purposes, inclusion in a sales pack etc.); Linking to article content in e-mails redistributed for promotional, marketing or educational purposes; Use for the purposes of monetary reward by means of sale, resale, license, loan, transfer or other form of commercial exploitation such as marketing products; Print reprints/eprints of the articles.

Manuscript format

Essential title page information

  • Title. Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author names and affiliations. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name.
  • Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.
  • Present address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a ‘Present address’ may be indicated as a footnote to that author’s name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address.


An abstract is a concise summary of the whole manuscript and should be no more than 250 words. The abstract should state (1) the purpose of the research based on the background to the problem, (2) the principal results, (3) major conclusions. The abstract is often presented separately from the article, so non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided. Also, references, if necessary, should be indicated by the DOI (Digital Object Identifer), but not by the reference number.

  • Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords. Do not collect the words from the title.
  • Abbreviations. Define abbreviations in a footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results of previous studies. Most of the references should be original articles, and citing reviews is only acceptable if it saves a lot of space.


Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.


Results should be clear and concise.


This should explore the significance of the results of the work and give perspective. Do not repeat the results. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate.


List here the grants and those individuals who provided help during the research.

Reference Style

References should be cited in the text by superscript numbers and listed at the end of the paper in the order in which they appear in the text. References should be listed in the following style:

Examples for Journals

1) ‌J. Aoki, H. Hazama, M. Toyoda. Novel ion extraction method for imaging mass spectrometry. J. Mass Spectrom. Soc. Jpn. 59: 57–61, 2011.

Examples for Books

2) ‌Y. Wada. in The Protein Protocol Handbook, 3rd Ed. (Ed: J. M. Walker), Humana Press, New York, 2009, pp. 1081–1094.

For authors using EndNote, IAP provides an output style that supports the formatting of in-text citations and reference list. EndNote style (MassSpectrometry(IAP).ens)

Color policy

Color is free of charge for authors submitting the manuscript. On the other hand, the cost of printing color illustrations is charged to the author.

Mass spectral data

Mass Spectrometry encourages submission of mass spectral data by the authors to the MSSJ official repository, MassBank (, for access by both reviewers and readers.

Figure captions

Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration.


Give table number in Arabic numerals, and supply title and captions of the tables. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules.

Supplementary data

Mass Spectrometry accepts electronic supplementary material to support and enhance your scientific research. Supplementary files supplied will be published online alongside the electronic version of your article. Supplementary data are not reproduced in the reprints.


Mass Spectrometry is an open-access journal. However, the authors can purchase the reprints. For price and other inquiries, please make contact with the publisher.