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Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry is a Transformative Journal, and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 4.351*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 37.5 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 41.0 days***
Chair: Heidi Goenaga-Infante
Indexed in Scopus and Web of Science
Open access publishing options available
The Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (JAAS) is the central journal for publishing innovative research on fundamentals, instrumentation, and methods in the determination, speciation and isotopic analysis of (trace) elements within all fields of application. This includes, but is not restricted to, the most recent progress, developments and achievements in all forms of atomic and elemental detection, isotope ratio determination, molecular analysis, plasma-based analysis and X-ray techniques.
The journal welcomes full papers, communications, technical notes, critical and tutorial review articles, editorials, and comments, in addition to the Atomic Spectrometry Updates (ASU) literature reviews that are prepared by an expert panel.
Submissions are welcome in the following areas, but note this list reflects the current scope and authors are strongly encouraged to contact the Editorial team if they believe that their work offers potentially new and emerging research relevant to the journal remit:
Fundamental studies in the following.
- New and existing sources for atomic emission, absorption, fluorescence and mass spectrometry and those that provide both atomic and molecular information
- Sample introduction techniques for solids, liquids, gases
- Improvements in sensitivity, selectivity, precision, accuracy and/or robustness
- Isotope ratio measurements, including techniques for improving precision and mass bias correction
- Single channel and multichannel simultaneous detection systems
- Chemometrics, statistics, calibration techniques and internal standardisation
- Theoretical and numerical modelling of fundamental processes related to all of the above methodologies
Novel or improved methodologies in areas of application including, but not limited to the following.
- Biosciences, including elemental, speciation and isotopic analysis in biological systems, immunoassays based on metal-labeled antibodies, bio-imaging, and nanoparticle toxicology
- Environmental science
- Materials science, including engineered nanoparticles and quantum dots
- Metrology, including reference materials
- Forensic analysis
- Food and agricultural sciences
- Molecular sources for elemental and isotopic analysis
- Atomic sources for molecular analysis
- Atomic and molecular techniques simultaneously used for complementary chemical information
All contributions are judged on originality and quality of scientific content, and appropriateness of length to content of new science.
See who's on the team
Meet our Chair and all other board members for the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry journal.
Heidi Goenaga-Infante, LGC, UK
Editorial board members
Márcia Foster Mesko, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil
Gerardo Gamez, Texas Tech University, USA
Steve Hill, University of Plymouth, UK
Xiandeng Hou, Sichuan University, China
Bin Hu, Wuhan University, China
Björn Meermann, BAM, Germany
José-Luis Todolí, University of Alicante, Spain
Frank Vanhaecke, University of Ghent, Belgium
Vassilia Zorba, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Marco Aurelio Zezzi Arruda, UNICAMP, Brazil
Ramon Barnes, University Research Institute for Analytical Chemistry, USA
Matthieu Baudelet, University of Central Florida, USA
Annemie Bogaerts, University of Antwerp, Belgium
José Broekaert, University of Hamburg, Germany
Marta Costas-Rodríguez, Ghent University, Belgium
George Donati, Wake Forest University, USA
Carsten Engelhard, University of Siegen, Germany
Jörg Feldmann, University of Graz, Austria
Detlef Günther, ETH-Zürich, Switzerland
Wei Hang, Xiamen University, China
Gary Hieftje, Indiana University, US
Takafumi Hirata, University of Tokyo, Japan
Zhaochu Hu, China University of Geosciences, China
Norbert Jakubowski, BAM, Germany
Gunda Koellensperger, University of Vienna, Austria
David Koppenaal, Pacific Northwest Laboratory, USA
Kerstin Leopold, University of Ulm, Germany
Kelvin Leung, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
Lara Lobo, University of Oviedo, Spain
Yi Lv, Sichuan University, China
R Kenneth Marcus, Clemson University, USA
Érico Marlon Moraes Flores, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil
Vincent Motto-Ros, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France
Sohail Mushtaq, University of Bristol, UK
John Olesik, Ohio State University, USA
Christophe Pecheyran, University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour, France
Spiros Pergantis, University of Crete, Greece
Jorge Pisonero, University of Oviedo, Spain
Steven Ray, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Mark Rehkamper, Imperial College London, UK
Martín Resano, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Patricia Smichowski, National Atomic Energy Commission, Argentina
Joanna Szpunar, CNRS EP 132, France
Ralph Sturgeon, National Research Council, Canada
Johannes van Elteren, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia
Lu Yang, National Research Council Canada, Canada
J R Bacon, University of Strathclyde, UK
N Barlow, Sandwell General Hospital, UK
S Branch, Herbalife, UK
O Butler, Health & Safety Laboratory Buxton, UK
W R L Cairns, Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes of the Italian CNR , Italy
S Carter, INEOS, UK
M R Cave, British Geological Survey, UK
O Cavoura, University of West Attica, Greece
R Clough, University of Plymouth, UK
J M Cook, British Geological Survey, UK
A Cross, Reading Scientific Service Limited (RSSL), UK
C M Davidson, University of Strathclyde, UK
L Ebdon, UK
H Evans, University of Plymouth, UK
A Fisher, University of Plymouth, UK
U Fittschen, Technical University of Clausthal, Germany
M Foulkes, University of Plymouth, UK
B Gibson, Intertek Sunbury, UK
C Harrington, SAS Trace Element Laboratory, Surrey Pathology Services, UK
S Hill, LGC, UK
S J Hill, University of Plymouth, UK
Y Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
R Mertz-Kraus, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany
M Patriarca, Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Italy
J Pisonero, University of Oviedo, Spain
A Robson, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, UK
B Russell, National Physical Laboratory, UK
M Sargent, LGC, UK
C M M Smith, St Ambrose High School, UK
A Taylor, Royal Surrey County Hospital, UK
R Taylor, University of Southampton, UK
J F Tyson, University of Massachusetts, USA
C Vanhoof, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium
L Vincze, Ghent University, Belgium
M White, Health & Safety Laboratory, UK
Philippa Ross, Executive Editor
Alice Smallwood, Deputy Editor
Celeste Brady, Development Editor
David Lake, Development Editor
Jason Woolford, Editorial Production Manager
Gabriel Clarke, Publishing Editor
Derya Kara-Fisher, Publishing Editor
Cara Sutton, Publishing Editor
Ziva Whitelock, Publishing Editor
Leo Curtis, Editorial Assistant
Andrea Whiteside, Publishing Assistant
Jeanne Andres, Publisher
- Full papers
- Technical notes
- Critical reviews
- Tutorial reviews
These must report preliminary research findings that are highly original, of immediate interest and are likely to have a high impact on the analytical spectroscopy community. Communications are given priority treatment, are fast-tracked through the publication process and appear prominently at the front of the journal in a dedicated Communications section.
The key aim of Communications is to present innovative chemical concepts with important analytical implications. As such, Communications need only demonstrate 'proof of principle': it is not expected that the analytical figures of merit will necessarily surpass those of existing, highly refined analytical techniques.
Authors should provide at the time of submission a short paragraph explaining why their work justifies urgent publication as a Communication. Ideally, a Full paper in JAAS should follow each Communication.
There is no page limit for communications in JAAS, however the length should be commensurate with scientific content. Authors are encouraged to make full use of electronic supplementary information in order to present more concise articles.
Full papers must represent a significant development in the particular field of analysis and are judged according to originality, quality of scientific content and contribution to existing knowledge. Although there is no page limit for Full papers, appropriateness of length to content of new science will be taken into consideration.
These should be brief descriptions of instrumental developments, techniques or applications that offer definite advantages over those already available.
Technical notes should offer practical solutions to problems that are of interest to the JAAS readership and merit publication, but neither a Full paper nor a Communication is justified. Publication as a Technical note does not diminish the importance of the article. This article type is a recognition that much of the presented material has been reported previously, and allows a focus on the improvements in the method and the results obtained.
Wherever appropriate, authors of Technical notes are encouraged to use references to the established technique, explaining in full only what is novel about the proposed approach. The length of a Technical note should be commensurate with its scientific content. Authors are encouraged to make full use of electronic supplementary information in order to present more concise articles.
A range of review articles are published in JAAS. Potential writers should contact the editorial office before embarking on their work.
Critical reviews should be definitive, evaluative reviews and must provide a critical overview of the chosen topic area. Authors should be selective in the choice of material, offering personal opinions where appropriate, whilst still covering all the important topics in the field, and indicating possible future developments.
Tutorial reviews are written from a personal point of view, and ideally should be the first review of a new significant area, bringing together the results of various primary publications.
Tutorial reviews are intended to interest a large number of readers and should be written at a level that could be understood by an advanced undergraduate student.
The intention is to increase awareness and understanding of the chosen topic area for workers/researchers already involved in the field, workers changing the direction/emphasis of their work and a broad based non-specialist (graduate and post-graduate) audience, with a view to informing them of the most recent developments in the area.
Perspectives are written at a philosophical level either on a particular aspect of analytical spectroscopy or on a topic of relevance or potential relevance to the community.
The article should be easily understandable to a non-specialist in the field. At the same time, Perspectives should provide an authoritative discussion of the area concerned.
Authors are encouraged to identify areas where further developments are imminent, in urgent need of being addressed, and any areas that may be of significance to the analytical science community in general.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in JAAS.
For publication, a Comment should present an alternative analysis of and/or new insight into the previously published material. Any Reply should further the discussion presented in the original article and the Comment. Comments and Replies that contain any form of personal attack are not suitable for publication.
Comments that are acceptable for publication will be forwarded to the authors of the work being discussed, and these authors will be given the opportunity to submit a Reply. The Comment and Reply will both be subject to rigorous peer review in consultation with the journal’s Editorial Board where appropriate. The Comment and Reply will be published together.
Journal specific guidelines
For guidance on preparing your article please visit our Prepare your article, Resources for authors and Experimental data guidelines pages, the content of which is relevant to all of our journals. Please note the updated guidelines for electrophoretic gels and blots.
All submitted Communications, Technical notes and Full papers must include a 'Significance to JAAS' statement (no more than 100 words) that states how the work fits within the scope of the journal and highlights the novelty of the research to the atomic spectrometry community.
The statement should be written in plain language that is accessible to a broad, non-technical audience. It should not be a summary of the work reported, please do not repeat the article’s abstract. The statement will be seen by reviewers during the peer review process.
Bibliographic references should be listed at the end of the manuscript in numerical order as they appear in the manuscript. Bibliographic details should be cited in the order: year, volume, page, and must include the article title. For example: Érico Marlon de Moraes Flores, Analytical atomic spectrometry in South America – increasing the development and international cooperation in atomic spectrometric analysis, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2018, 33, 2032-2033.
Methods & techniques covered in JAASList of techniques
Plasma based methods
- Atomic Absorption (GD-AAS)
- Atomic Emission (GD-AES, ICP-AES, MIP-AES)
- Atomic Fluorescence (GD-AFS, ICP-AFS)
- Atomic Mass Spectrometry (GD-MS, ICP-MS, MIP-MS)
- Plasma-based sources for ambient desorption-ionisation mass spectrometry
- Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
- Laser ablation molecular isotopic spectrometry (LAMIS)
- Atmospheric-pressure glow discharges
- Microplasma sources
- Tandem and modulated sources
Flame and furnace based methods
- Atomic Absorption (AAS, FAAS, GF-AAS) continuum-source AAS (CSAAS), continuum-source molecular absorption spectrometry (CSMAS)
- Atomic Emission (AES, FAES)
- Atomic Fluorescence (AFS)
Atomic mass spectrometry
- Glow discharge MS (GD-MS)
- Spark source MS (SSMS)
- Thermal ionisation MS (TIMS)
- Resonance ionisation MS (RIMS),
- Accelerator MS
- Gas source isotope ratio MS (IRMS)
- Quadrupole MS (QMS)
- Sector Field MS (SF-MS)
- Multi-collector MS (MC-MS)
- Time-of-flight MS (ToF-MS)
- Ion-trap and Orbitrap MS
- Distance-of-flight MS
- tandem MS
- Novel ion sources
Laser optical spectroscopy
- Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
- Laser ablation molecular isotopic spectroscopy (LAMIS)
- Laser enhanced ionisation (LEI)
- Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy (CRDS)
- X-Ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF)
- Total reflection X-ray fluorescence Spectrometry (TXRF)
- X-Ray absorption spectrometry (XAS)
- Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS)
- X-Ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy (XANES)
- Particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE)
- Synchrotron radiation (SR)
Surface analytical techniques
- Secondary ion MS (SIMS)
- Sputtered neutral MS (SNMS)
- Auger spectroscopy
- Electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA)
- Glow discharge spectroscopy (GD-AES, GD-MS)
- Rutherford-Backscattering spectrometry (RBS)
Coupled techniques that involve the following:
- Laser ablation (LA)
- Spark ablation
- Electrothermal vaporisation (ETV)
- Pneumatic and non-pneumatic nebulisation
- Flow injection and sequential injection analysis (FIA)
- Liquid chromatographic techniques including LC, HPLC, UPLC
- Gas chromatography (GC)
- Capillary electrophoresis (CE)
- Gel electrophoresis (GE)
- Field flow fractionation (FFF)
- Vapour generation
Advances in sampling and sample preparation techniques
- Solid phase extraction (SPE)
- Digestion - Microwave, UV, cold plasma, high-pressure assisted digestion
- Vapour generation
- Methods for target element or species isolation/enrichment prior to elemental, speciation, or isotopic analysis
Open access publishing options
Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry is a hybrid (transformative) journal and gives authors the choice of publishing their research either via the traditional subscription-based model or instead by choosing our gold open access option. Find out more about our Transformative Journals. which are Plan S compliant.
Gold open access
For authors who want to publish their article gold open access, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry charges an article processing charge (APC) of £2,500 (+ any applicable tax). Our APC is all-inclusive and makes your article freely available online immediately, permanently, and includes your choice of Creative Commons licence (CC BY or CC BY-NC) at no extra cost. It is not a submission charge, so you only pay if your article is accepted for publication.
Learn more about publishing open access.
Read & Publish
If your institution has a Read & Publish agreement in place with the Royal Society of Chemistry, APCs for gold open access publishing in Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry may already be covered.
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Please use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript; this helps us to identify if you are eligible for Read & Publish or other APC discounts.
Traditional subscription model
Authors can also publish in Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry via the traditional subscription model without needing to pay an APC. Articles published via this route are available to institutions and individuals who subscribe to the journal. Our standard licence allows you to make the accepted manuscript of your article freely available after a 12-month embargo period. This is known as the green route to open access.
Readership is cross-disciplinary and includes the following fields.
- Atomic spectrometry
- Mass spectrometry
- Biomedical and clinical science
- Pharmaceutical analysis
- Geochemistry and environmental science
- Materials and nanoanalysis
- Forensics and archaeometry
The readership spans researchers in universities and related academic institutes, government and research organisations, industry, independent laboratories and consulting firms.
JAAS is part of RSC Gold and Analytical Science subscription packages.
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*2021 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2022)
**The median time from submission to first decision including manuscripts rejected without peer review from the previous calendar year
***The median time from submission to first decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts rejected from the previous calendar year
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