About Separations


Separations (ISSN 2297-8739; CODEN: SEPAF2) is an open access journal that publishes the following types of papers: reviews, regular research papers, and communications. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental, numerical, and theoretical results in as much detail as possible.

We aim to provide rigorous peer review and enable rapid publication of cutting-edge research to educate and inspire the scientific community worldwide. Scientists are encouraged to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. The full experimental details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced.


Separations covers all aspects of fundamental advances and applications in isolation and trace separation sciences. However, Separations does not cover the following aspects which may be related to a particular application of separation science: chemometrics, gravity separation, bulk purification, homogenization, statistical modeling, etc.

The scope of the journal includes but is not limited to:

  • Theory and methodology:
    • Theory of separation methods;
    • Sample preparation;
    • Instrumental and column developments;
    • Trace purification technology;
    • Electrochemical separations;
    • Solid phase extraction;
    • New separation methodologies, etc.;
  • Equipment and techniques, novel hyphenated analytical solutions:
    • Significantly extended by their combination with spectroscopic methods and in particular, mass spectrometry;
    • Hyphenated instrument configurations, e.g., LC–MS;
  • Novel analysis approaches and applications to solve analytical challenges which utilize chromatographic separations as a key step in the overall solution, e.g. high- and low-resolution chromatography;
  • Computational modeling of separations for the purpose of fundamental understanding and/or chromatographic optimization:
    • Instrumentation miniaturization;
    • Automation;
    • Method development and validation;
    • Instrument and method qualification and validation.

Papers are accepted in the following fields as related to separation science:

  • Chemistry (natural products, pharmaceuticals, sample preparation etc.);
  • Biology (amino acids, proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, DNA, carbohydrates, metabolites, biomarkers, etc.);
  • Environmental science (pollutants, water, environmental forensics, etc.);
  • Food science (dyes, flavors and fragrances, vitamins, plant alcohols, dairy products, beverages, etc.)
  • Forensic medicine and toxicology (detection at the scene of a crime, etc.);
  • Medicine human and veterinary (drugs, clinical samples, bioanalysis, cells, etc.);
  • Energy (crude oil, diesel, biomethane, asphalt, gases, minerals, etc.);
  • Materials Science (membrane, polymer, etc.);
  • Physics (physical separation process, separator, filter, etc.);
  • Archaeology (archaeometry, etc.).

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

MDPI is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Separations will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2023 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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Ms. Camile Wang
Managing Editor

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