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In memory of Joe Caruso

Gary Hieftje, Joe Caruso, Maria Montes-Bayon

We are honoured to announce the publication of an online web collection with JAAS and Metallomics dedicated to the memory of Joe Caruso.

Joe was a well-known and highly respected leader in the field of analytical chemistry and plasma spectrochemistry in particular – more recently he made great contributions to the fields of elemental speciation and metallomics. Over the years he had been very active for the Royal Society of Chemistry and as well as serving as Chair for JAAS, he was the founding Chair for Metallomics, and became one of the leaders in this emerging area of exciting research.

This very special compilation highlights analytical research being conducted in these areas. We believe that this collection of papers is a fitting memorial to an inspiring mentor and outstanding chemist.

You can access the collection here, or use the link http://rsc.li/2tHpEQl

We thank the guest editors Gary Hieftje and Maria Montes-Bayon, and those who were able to contribute to the collection for their support of this very special memorial.

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Tsukuba Seminar 2017 Poster Prize Winners 2017

Two JAAS poster prizes were given out at the Tsukuba Seminar 2017, organised by the discussion group for Plasmaspectrochemistry. The two day seminar had a focused on fundamental and recent developments of ICP analysis and had speakers from universities, national institutes and industry.

Ms. Misaki Baba (Tokyo Institute of Technology) won one of the awards for her poster titled  “Measurement of reactive species in atmospheric low temperature plasma for applying to analytical and medical field”. The other winner was Mr. Koyo Ido (Tokyo Denki University and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) with his poster “Highly Sensitive Determination of Rb by Cool Plasma ICP-OES”.

The awards were presented by Professor Takafumi Hirata (University of Tokyo, President of the discussion group for Plasmaspectrochemistry, JAAS Editorial Board) and Dr. Hiromitsu Urakami (RSC Japan).

From left to right: Prof. Takafumi Hirata, Ms. Misaki Baba, Mr. Koyo Ido and Dr Hiromitsu Urakami

Congratulations to both winners!

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IMA 2017 last-minute poster deadline

Thanks to a deadline extension, anyone hoping to submit a poster to IMA 2017 still has time. The deadline has been expanded to 15th July. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the poster presentations.

The 10th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis (IMA) is due to be held from 17th – 21st September, 2017, in Heraklion, Greece.

The scientific program will consist of keynote lectures, oral and poster presentations, given by a wide mix of scientists ranging from established academics and world leaders in analytical chemistry, all the way through to dynamic and ambitious graduate students. ​In addition, we aim to attract contributions from commercial organizations, including presentations of new instrumentation, new applications and assessment of future commercial trends and opportunities. Furthermore, interesting workshops in the framework of IMA2017 will be organized. We therefore anticipate a very energetic and dynamic scientific gathering!

Click here for more information

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2018

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that enables a promising student/non-tenured young scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning. The fund for this bursary was established in 1985 as a memorial to Professor Gordon Kirkbright in recognition of his contributions to analytical spectroscopy and to science in general. Although the fund is administered by the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust, the award is not restricted to spectroscopists.

Applications are invited for the 2018 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

To download an Application Form or for further information visit, http://www.abstrust.org/, or contact abstrustuk@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2018.

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Royal Society of Chemistry Seminar at UFSM – Aiming at Excellence in Chemistry

Our JAAS  board members have certainly been busy this month. Many of them attended the 14th Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry meeting, in Vitória City, Brazil, 2nd – 7th April. They barely had time to catch their breath before attending the Royal Society of Chemistry Seminar at UFSM, 10th April, at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. This was organised by JAAS Editorial Board member Erico Flores (UFSM). It was attended by JAAS Editorial Board member Jörg Feldmann (University of Aberdeen) and JAAS Editorial Board Chair Martin Resano (University of Zaragoza). Lectures and talks were given by Erico, Jörg and Martin, along with Eva Krupp (University of Aberdeen).

Erico Flores (right)

The meeting was a complete success, with registration demand exceeding the number of available spaces. Meeting participants were a mixture of researchers from various scientific fields. Audience engagement was exceptional and the questions and answers at the end had to go on for an extra hour!

The quality of the seminar’s content was top notch, which is no surprise, considering the line-up of speakers. Participants now have no excuse about not knowing how to  submit to JAAS after Martin Resano’s talk: “How to publish in RSC journals”. Other topics included “From rice to whales – a journey into mercury speciation”. All of the talks and lectures were met with great enthusiasm.

Congratulations to Erico, for the success of the seminar, and a huge thank you to all participants and speakers. Due to the success of the meeting, JAAS will very certainly look into holding future events in Brazil.

(From left to right) Eva Krupp, Esperanza Garcia-Ruiz, Martin Resano, Jörg Feldmann and Erico Flores

Click here for further details on the JAAS Editorial Board

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CSI XL 2017

CSI XL 2017 will be held from 11th – 16th June, 2017, in Pisa, Italy.

The 40th Edition of CSI “represents a historic forum among scientists presenting and discussing recent developments in fundamentals and applications in all branches of  Spectroscopy”.

The conference’s programme includes a mixture of oral presentations, poster presentations, plenary, invited and keynote lectures. Topics covered will be wide ranging, from nuclear techniques to food analysis.

JAAS Deputy Editor Rebecca Brodie will be attending CSI XL. Come and say hello to Rebecca and have a chat about JAAS, the Royal Society of Chemistry and publishing in general.

Please feel free to get in touch before the conference to arrange a meeting.


























Rebecca Brodie, Deputy Editor, JAAS

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Outstanding Reviewers for JAAS in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for JAAS in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Dr Dmitry Bandura, Fluidigm Canada

Professor Edenir Filho, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos

Dr Erico Flores, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Professor Gábor Galbács, University of Szeged

Dr Heidi Goenaga-Infante, LGC

Professor Takafumi Hirata, University of Tokyo

Professor Zhaochu Hu, China University of Geosciences

Dr Dmitriy Malinovskiy, LGC

Dr Pawel Pohl, Wroclaw University of Technology

Dr Jose Vadillo, Universidad de Malaga

We would also like to thank the JAAS board and the analytical science community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.


If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Will you be at EWCPS 2017?

Will you be at EWCPS 2017 on 19th – 24th February in Sankt Anton Am Arlberg, Austria?

The European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (EWCPS) will be held in Sankt Anton, Austria, this February. If you are attending the meeting, why not find me and have a chat about JAAS, the important work of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and publishing in general. Allow me to explain why our journal is the best home for your research.

Please feel free to get in touch with me before the conference to arrange a meeting.

I look forward to meeting you in Sankt Anton!










Rebecca Brodie, Deputy Editor, JAAS

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Top 30 Most Accessed JAAS Articles of 2016

We are delighted to share with you the top 30 most downloaded articles in JAAS from January-December 2016. These 5 papers are free to access for the next two weeks with a free publishing personal account – register here.

Laser ablation molecular isotopic spectrometry (LAMIS): current state of the art
Alexander A. Bol’shakov, Xianglei Mao, Jhanis J. González and Richard E. Russo
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016,31, 119-134
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00310E

Recent developments in the design of rapid response cells for laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry and their impact on bioimaging applications
Stijn J. M. Van Malderen, Amy J. Managh, Barry L. Sharp and Frank Vanhaecke
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016,31, 423-439
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00430F

Capabilities of fast data acquisition with microsecond time resolution in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and identification of signal artifacts from millisecond dwell times during detection of single gold nanoparticles
I. Strenge and C. Engelhard
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016,31, 135-144
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00177C

Underwater measurements using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy
S. Michael Angel, Joseph Bonvallet, Marion Lawrence-Snyder, William F. Pearman and Janna Register
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016,31, 328-336
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00314H

Acquisition of fast transient signals in ICP-MS with enhanced time resolution
Amy J. Managh, David N. Douglas, K. Makella Cowen, Helen J. Reid and Barry L. Sharp
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016,31, 1688-1692
DOI: 10.1039/C6JA00140H

We hope you enjoy reading the top 30 most accessed articles of 2016 and wish you all the best for 2017.
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