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Special Issue on Emerging Mass Spectrometric Methods for Environmental Analysis and Food Authenticity – 2024

Guest Editors:

Professor Damia Barcelo
Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Barcelona, Spain

Professor Antoni Ginebreda
Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Barcelona, Spain

Special Issue information:

This Special Issue will collect papers presented at the  20th International workshop on emerging high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS), as well as on LC-MS/MS applications  in environmental analysis and food safety. . The following practical aspects and state of the art applications will be discussed:

  • Advances in HRMS instrumentation and their applicability in environmental analysis and food authenticity
  • Non Target Analysis (NTA) and Bioinformatics applied to environmental and food  samples
  • Advanced Wastewater Based Epidemiology (WBE) for public health
  • Large number of applications in environmental analysis and food authenticity such as  water and soil/ sediment, biota and food, like fruits and vegetables, juices and meat including green methods


Manuscript Submission Information:

Submission Open Date: 1st June 2024
Submission Due Date: 29th December 2024

The journal is offering a 30% discount on Article Publishing Charge (APC) for the papers submitted to this special issue upon acceptance after peer review.

Meanwhile, MethodsX is taking part in the Geographical Pricing for Open Access (GPOA) pilot. By tailoring prices according to gross national income per capita, we are aiming to reduce financial barriers that have traditionally hindered researchers and institutions from low-, middle-, and upper middle-income countries from publishing in gold open access journals. The exact geo-pricing per article will be calculated based on the country of the corresponding author provided during submission. Geo-pricing will apply to papers submitted to, or accepted in this journal from January 16, 2024. Further information is available on the GPOA pilot and the country banding.

When preparing for submission, please choose the correct article template according to the content of your work:

  • Method articles describe new methods in all research areas.
  • Protocol articles focus on the life and health science areas.
  • Review articles review and discuss methodological information.

Please select and download the correct template to prepare your article: 
Method article templateProtocol article template or Review article template

Please choose the Article Type of “VSI: MASS SPECTROMETRY ENVIROFOOD” when submitting your manuscript.


High -Resolution Mass Spectrometry, LC/tandem Mass Spectrometry, Emerging Contaminants, Non-Target Aanlysis, Wastewater Based Epidemiology, Food authenticity