For the first time in over a year, an issue of Applied Spectroscopy does not include a Focal Point Review article. I would like to reassure our readers that the Editors are working very hard to move towards a Focal Point Review in each issue and we should be able to achieve that goal in the coming year. You can look forward to a comprehensive review with the title "Inductively Coupled Plasma– Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) for Quantitative Analysis in Environmental and Life Sciences: A Review of Challenges, Solutions, and Trends" by Daniel Profrock and Andreas Prange which will be in the August issue.
The July contains many interesting articles across the electromagnetic spectrum. It begins with five articles on different aspects of Raman spectroscopy including a powerful new method for baseline correction by Georg Schultz and his colleagues at the University of British Columbia. The last five papers are all on various aspects of UV-visible spectroscopy and include a new method for gas concentration measurements using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy by Paul Medwell and his colleagues at the University of Adelaide in Australia. This article is featured on the cover of this issue of the journal. Two of the subsequent articles are on the subject of cancer detection by fluorescence spectroscopy, a technique that will undoubtedly become of increasing importance during this decade.
See Applied Spectroscopy, Volume 66, Number 7 (2012) for a full list of articles.
Editor-in-Chief, Applied Spectroscopy