ACS Spring 2005 Meeting

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IUPAC standard definitions of terms relating to mass spectrometry

Kermit K. Murray, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Choppin Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-1804, Fax: 225-578-3458,, Robert K. Boyd, Institute for National Measurement Standards, National Research Council, Marcos N. Eberlin, Department of Chemistry, State University of Campinas, G. John Langley, School of Chemistry, University of Southampton, Liang Li, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Yasuhide Naito, Graduate School of Engineering, Institute of Free Electron Laser, Osaka University, and Jean Claude Tabet, Laboratoire de Chimie Structurale Organique et Biologique, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

It has been more than a decade since the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) made a recommendation on mass spectrometry nomenclature. In the subsequent years, the field has seen unprecedented growth both in use and scope. The need for a unified and widely accepted terminology is extremely important at this time. A project to update mass spectrometry terms and definitions has been commissioned by IUPAC and a task group set up to prepare a new document in conjunction with mass spectrometry journals, national mass spectrometry societies, and the International Mass Spectrometry Society. Here, we present a draft report of the project and solicit comments and suggestions regarding the terms and definitions to be included in the final report.