How shall we define the quality of a published piece of research or are we able to find a less emphatic way to assess quality? The paper tries to answer these questions and comes to the conclusion that citation analysis might be refined to prove an objective index of importance. On the basis of citation analysis an attempt is made to find research papers published in the Journal of Radioanalytical Chemistry 1968–1981 which had a remarkable impact on the subfield of radioanalytical chemistry.
institutionalization of thermoanalytical confederation (ICTA-1968 and ICTAC-1994) [ 3 – 5 ]. Similar anniversaries are associated with the two most highly cited papers [ 6 , 7 ] published in the respective journal which are the basis of following citationanalysis and