Mass Spectrometry at FACSS 2007

Abstracts are due April 30 for FACSS 2007. There will be seven half-day oral sessions on mass spectrometry:

  • Fundamentals of Electrospray Ionization
  • Fundamentals of Laser Desorption Ionization
  • Direct Ionization Methods for High Throughput Mass Spectrometry
  • Advances in Biomolecular Imaging Mass Spectrometry
  • Particle Mass Spectrometry: Techniques and Applications
  • Novel Methods for Biological Mass Spectrometry
  • Applications of Biological Mass Spectrometry

Mass Spectrometry Terms Final Draft

The third and final draft (PDF) of the Standard Definitions of Terms Relating To Mass Spectrometry document is up on the MS Terms website. This draft is currently undergoing peer review and will be the last draft before publication. It will also be presented as a poster (PDF) next week in Prague at the International Mass Spectrometry Conference.

Open Access: ACS and ASMS

BioCurious Blog comments on American Chemical Society President E. Ann Nalley’s recent letter arguing against open access to journal articles that report on research funded by the NIH. Nalley objects to the “available after six months” policy, arguing that it will lead to lost revenues. It’s still too early to guage the effect on journal profits, but all issues of the Journal of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry are openly availble after one year. The flip side of open access is that it may lead to increased readership and higher impact factor, both of which can increase publisher profits.