Greeting editorial

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DOI: 10.1007/s10967-013-2789-z

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Révay, Z. J Radioanal Nucl Chem (2014) 299: 3. doi:10.1007/s10967-013-2789-z
It is a great honor and also a great responsibility to take over the Editor-in-Chief position at Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry after Professor Tibor Braun, the founder of this journal. JRNC (or as it was often called, jokingly, “Acta Braunica”) has always been the most important journal (the journal) in our field, which is so exactly described by its name. The most important developments in my research area—prompt gamma activation analysis (PGAA), also neutron activation analysis (NAA)—have always been published here. As a young scientist, I started sending my manuscripts (first via post, later electronically) to Prof. Braun’s editorial board more than 20 years ago. Later I started receiving manuscripts for review (first hardcopies, later electronically) and also had the opportunity of trying myself as a guest editor. Thus, I could get closer and closer to scientific publishing, never even dreaming of standing at the steering wheel of the flagship of radiochemistry journals.

For many years, I was working at the Institute of Isotopes, having been responsible for the chemical analyses at the PGAA facility of the Budapest Neutron Center. 3 years ago, I moved to Garching, Germany, where I have been leading the PGAA group at the most powerful cold neutron beam of the world at the Technische Universität München. The two leading PGAA groups work in a close collaboration, and we try to demonstrate that in spite of the anti-nuclear climate, neutrons are a useful and indispensible tool in material science, chemical analysis, nuclear research, etc.

Radioanalytical and nuclear chemistry has undergone many changes, since I was learning it in college. In certain countries, it seems to have gone out of fashion, while others are just about to join this scientific community. Luckily, there are countries whose leading labs have never given up dealing with this field. At the same time, methods and techniques disappeared, and were replaced by newer and better ones. Last year, as I was introduced in the editorial activities, I could observe these trends more carefully, and I can confirm that this journal, even after its long and rich past, obviously has a bright future, too. Certain things will change, but the most important traditions will be continued.

My colleagues and myself are committed to maintain the high quality of the journal, at the same time handling the increasing number of manuscripts sent to us. Professor Amares Chatt remains the editor of the journal, mainly dealing with the proceedings and also the Hevesy award, while Tibor Kocsor, a new associate editor at Akadémiai Kiadó will assist my work in the daily routine. I would like to rely on the valuable advice of Prof. Braun in the future, too. In the name of all the colleagues, I thank him for founding and maintaining this prestigious journal, and all his help during the transition time. I will do my best that neither he, nor the readers and the authors will be disappointed with our running the journal, which is so important to all of us.

Zsolt Révay

Editor-in-Chief from 1st January 2014

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GarchingGermany

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