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Science  11 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6351, pp. 541
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6351.541

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  • RE: Are publication-related economic incentives the best option?
    • Giovanni Di Guardo, Associate Professor of "General Pathology and Veterinary Pathophysiology", University of Teramo, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Localit√† Piano d'Accio, 64100 - Teramo, Italy

    In their interesting article, Dr Abritis and coworkers highlight the role played by economic incentives as a powerful driver of the growth and qualitative enhancement of the Scientific Community as well as of its research output (1).
    A similar approach, which is being followed by China and other Countries like Czech Republic - as far as I am aware -, is not applied in Italy, where no more than 1.3% of the "inner national product" is devoted to public research funding on an yearly basis. Still in Italy, as in other European Union (EU) and extra-EU Countries, the limited money resources that are made available for public research funding frequently represent a serious hurdle also for coping with the publication costs of scientific articles in peer-reviewed Journals. This generally insufficient funding of the Italian Scientific Community throughout many consecutive years is, undoubtedly, one of the main reasons underlying the "brain drain" chronically experienced by Italian investigators during the last 25-30 years.
    Notwithstanding the above, however, it should be also emphasized that the results obtained by my Country in terms of scientific research quality and performance place Italy among the 8 top-ranking Countries worldwide.
    Therefore, at least in the "Italian experience", economic incentives for publishing in high-profile Journals do not appear to be the "key of success".


    1. Abritis A.,...

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  • Cash incentives for papers go global
    • Howard L. Fields, Professor of Neurology and Physiology, University of California

    With greed comes dishonesty; my guess is that there is major distortion in many articles published in journals that confer glory upon the authors. There is no good that can come of this practice.

    Competing Interests: None declared.