According to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the body that makes recommendations regarding nomenclature used in mass spectrometry, ‘Multiple Reaction Monitoring’ (MRM) is an “incorrect term” . They suggest instead that ‘selected reaction monitoring’ (SRM) is more appropriate.
This subject came up at the ASMS conference in 2008 (Denver, CO), but I didn’t attend and can’t view the abstract. However, Murray et al implied the term Multiple Reaction Monitoring “will soon be deprecated by IUPAC” – quoted from Sherman et al (2009, Proteomics 9 p1120-3). Sounds serious, I wonder if they’ll disapprove of software called MRMaid? SRMaid doesn’t quite have the same ring to it?
IUPAC info. taken from: IUPAC Standard Definitions of Terms Relating to Mass Spectrometry (IUPAC MS Terms and Definitions, First Public Draft) by Kermit K. Murray, Robert K. Boyd, Marcos N. Eberlin, G. John Langley, Liang Li, Yasuhide Naito, and Jean Claude Tabet. Go here to read more.