Spectroscopy Author Guidelines

Spectroscopy welcomes manuscripts that describe techniques and applications of all forms of spectroscopy and that are of immediate interest to users in industry, academia, and government.

Manuscripts are reviewed with the understanding that they have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work. All manuscripts are subject to peer review and copyediting. Authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to review galleys. If illustrations or other material in a manuscript have been published previously, the author is responsible for obtaining permission to republish.

Techniques that Spectroscopy covers include

Molecular spectroscopy techniques: UV–vis; infrared, including FT-IR, NIR and terahertz; Raman; NMR and EPR; and fluorescence, phosphorescence, and luminescence

Atomic spectroscopy techniques: atomic absorption and emission spectroscopy, including inductively coupled plasma–based methods; inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (ICP-MS); X-ray techniques, including X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and microanalysis

Laser-based spectroscopies: laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and others

Mass spectrometry: Mass spectrometry techniques are covered primarily in Current Trends in Mass Spectrometry, a quarterly supplement to Spectroscopy and LCGC.

Types of Manuscripts

Review articles

Review articles survey recent developments and the state of the art of current techniques or emerging technologies. We urge authors to submit a proposal to the editor before completing a manuscript.

Technical articles

Technical articles describe improved methods or improvements in techniques. Papers should be of immediate relevance to chromatography users. Authors should not make comparisons between commercially available products from different manufacturers.


Tutorials are "back-to-basics" articles covering the fundamentals of a particular technique, application area, analytical procedure, spectroscopic phenomenon, or instrumental component. Tutorials should be suitable for helping beginners understand the basics while providing enough advanced material or new ideas to educate more experienced spectroscopists.

Manuscript Length 

Articles for regular issues: Technical and review articles submitted for peer review for consideration for regular issues of Spectroscopy should be ~3500–4500 words long and include up to eight figures and tables combined. The length and illustrative content of tutorials depends on the topic under discussion; authors are urged to contact the editor prior to submission.

Articles for our annual supplements on Raman spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, and ICP techniques: Manuscripts for these three annual supplements should be ~2000–2500 words long, with up to six figures and tables combined.

Articles for Current Trends in Mass Spectrometry: Articles for our quarterly supplement series, CTMS, should be ~2500–3500 words long, with up to eight figures and tables combined.

Articles for other special issues or supplements: Please refer to the corresponding call for papers or contact the editorial director for guidance.

Manuscript Preparation

For papers with multiple authors, designate a single author to handle correspondence. Include this author's full mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address in the e-mail message that accompanies the manuscript. Before submitting the completed work, authors are urged to review manuscripts for clarity of expression, details of grammar, and typographical accuracy.

Key words or phrases: All manuscripts should include a list of approximately five key words or phrases.

Technical manuscripts should be presented in an abbreviated scientific format and should include the following:

Abstract: Very brief (100–150 words). Mention subjects studied, methods used, principal observations made, and conclusions reached.

Introduction: Without repeating published information, discuss the relationship of your work to previously published work. Describe the novelty or importance of the research presented.

Experimental: Present enough information that an experienced spectroscopist would be able to reproduce the work. List those components of the experimental design that are of a specialized nature, including equipment manufacturers' names and locations in parentheses after reference to specific types of equipment. Do not list equipment, reagents, or procedures that are normally found in the laboratory or that are common knowledge in the field.

Results and discussion: Focus your comments on the needs of users of spectroscopy, and stress the practical importance of your findings.

Conclusion: Summarize the main points of your article, and state important conclusions or recommendations.


Begin each of the following on a separate page: title page (with each author's name, affiliation, and title), abstract, the first page of the text, references, captions for illustrations, and tables. Titles should be short, specific, and clear. Beginning with the first page of text, number each page consecutively.


If figures or other illustrations in a manuscript have been published previously, the author is responsible for obtaining permission to republish. Each figure should be placed on a separate page, at the end of the manuscript. Figures should not be distributed throughout the manuscript. Provide figure captions on a separate page, each identified by its proper number and title.

In addition to including the figures in the manuscript, please also attach a separate file for each figure, in the original file format (.jpg, .tiff, etc.) or embedded in PowerPoint or Excel.

Refer to photographs, line drawings, and graphs in the text using Arabic numerals in consecutive order (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). Omit all figures that do not enhance the reader's understanding of the text. Do not include photographs of commercial instruments. Figures must be submitted in a high-resolution file.


Each table should be placed on a separate page. Refer to tables in the text by roman numerals in consecutive order (Table I, Table II, etc.). Every table and each column must have an appropriate heading. Table number and title must be placed in a continuous heading above the data presented. Omit tables that contain information already included in the text.


Literature citations in the text must be indicated by Arabic numerals in parentheses. Number each reference separately in the order in which it appears in the text. List cited references at the end of the manuscript in the order of their appearance in the text, not alphabetically. Designate submitted articles as in press only if they are formally accepted for publication and give the future volume number and year, if possible. Use "unpublished work" otherwise, giving the date when the work was completed. For personal communications, include name and date.

Use the following format for references:

(1) J.D. Venable, W. Scuba, and A. Brick, J. Amer. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 24,642–645 (2013).

(2) I. Chu, in Using Mass Spectrometry for Drug Metabolism Studies, W.A. Korfmacher, Ed. (CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2010), pp. 99–126.

Where to Submit Manuscripts

Send manuscripts for Spectroscopy or Current Trends in Mass Spectrometry to Laura Bush at [email protected] (telephone: +1-732-346-3020).

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