We regret to inform you that on the basis of the reports and comments received from the referee, the Editor, Prof. Emily Hilder, is unable to accept the above-mentioned manuscript for publication in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.
The comments of the referee are given below for your consideration. We hope the information provided by the referee will be helpful in understanding the Editor's decision. On behalf of the Journal, we thank you for submitting your manuscript and hope that the outcome of this specific review will not discourage you from sending future papers to us.
Comments on your submitted manuscript:
1) Editor Comments:
This manuscript is rejected from publication in this journal, based on the review received and my own assessment of this manuscript.
The MIP material prepared shows good selectivity for the target analyte over interfering analytes with similar structure. However the critical issue is the very high non-specific absorption that is observed for this material. This means that the analytical utility of this technique is not clear. If the authors could address this aspect and demonstrate the performance of this material for the analysis of the target analyte in fruit, with interfering species present, then a new submission on this topic could be considered. Such a submission would also require data included that shows comparison of this technique with existing methods, demonstrating where this offers better performance.