Rowlands I, Olivieri R. 2007. Research productivity and the journals system: a study of immunology and microbiology. Research Evaluation 16(1):23-34.
This article focuses on two aspects: research productivity and the journal system. A survey, related to these issues, was carried out involving a select group of biomedical scientists. Among the relevant results that are pointed out, the main problems on research productivity concern funding issues; while accessing to the journal articles is not considered to be an obstacle to the scientific work (issue ranked 12 of 16). Scientists, librarians, universities and funding bodies should constructively dialogue, by examining "the complete R&D value-chain, from research proposal through citation to exploitation", and possibly contribute to the scientific and economic progress.