Applied Spectroscopy


Applied Spectroscopy is one of the world's leading spectroscopy journals, publishing high-quality articles, both fundamental and applied, covering all aspects of spectroscopy. Established in 1951, the journal is owned by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and is published monthly. The journal is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Society to “…advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences.”  All manuscripts are rigorously peer-reviewed.

The journal publishes high-impact reviews, original research papers, and technical notes. In keeping with the society mandate, review papers are available on a Gold Open Access basis. This means that the articles are freely available at the time of publication to scientists, students, and the general public worldwide.    

With an Impact Factor of 2.014, Applied Spectroscopy is in the top quartile of journals in the Instruments and Instrumentation category and in the top half of the Spectroscopy category.


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February 2015


The identification of dyes in ancient textiles by means of non-invasive methods is a challenging task because of the fact that most techniques used for the in situ analysis of inorganic pigments cannot be applied to natural organic colorants or give only partial information. Vibrational spectroscopy techniques are particularly advantageous for identification purposes as a result of their high specificity towards molecular structure, but the use of Raman spectroscopy, even if suitable for non-destructive analyses, is prevented by the strong fluorescence emission usually exhibited by natural dyes. Therefore, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy recommends itself for this sort of investigation and the use of a compact portable spectrometer equipped with an external reflection module, not requiring fiber optics or a liquid-nitrogen cooled detector, is in principle a promising approach. The main drawback lies in the fact that the bands of the textile fiber itself dominate the IR spectra of dyed textiles. In a study on ancient Caucasian rugs (the so-called Kaitag textiles), good quality reflection IR spectra were obtained in situ and the identification of dyes was accomplished by means of a spectral library search performed onsecond derivatives of the spectra after subtraction of the first hit always corresponding to the textile fiber, typically cotton or silk. The library contained transmission IR spectra of the pure dyes and reflection IR spectra of undyed areas of the textiles. Thus, the dyes used for blue, red, and brown tints could be recognized respectively as indigo, madder, and tannins, while the identification was at least uncertain for yellow dyes. In the case of mixtures, it was usually possible to identify the prevailing component, such as indigo for dark green, but in the case of a black tint the simultaneous presence of indigo and tannins could be detected. For further reading, see ‘‘In Situ Non-Destructive Identification of Natural Dyes in Ancient Textiles by Reflection Fourier Transform Mid-Infrared (FT-MIR) Spectroscopy’’ by Eleonora de Luca, Silvia Bruni, Diego Sali, Vittoria Guglielmi, and Paolo Belloni, pages 222-229. (Cover image of the portable FT-IR spectrometer used in situ on a Kaitag textile sample has been reproduced with permission from Galleria Moshe Tabibnia, Milano, Italy.)


International Year of Light


The February cover features a logo with a symbolic sun encircled by a rainbow of flags. Throughout 2015, the cover of Applied Spectroscopy will carry this logo in recognition of the United Nations (UN) proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015). The Society for Applied Spectroscopy is one of a large consortium of scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations, and private sector partners, together with UNESCO, to sponsor this celebration of light. ‘‘In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political of the global society’’ (from: http://light2015.org/Home/About.html). In addition to supporting the UN initiative, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy will be sponsoring a symposium at Pittcon and will be participating in a variety of other activities to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015.


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