Journals and Scientific Productivity

A case study in immunology and microbiology

Ian Rowlands, Centre for Publishing, University College London
René Olivieri, Blackwell Publishing


This PRC Summary Paper was commissioned by the PRC to open up an important research agenda: what contribution does the scholarly communication system make to the science base, broadly defined, and how can it be improved?

This is a critical issue for publishers, librarians, research managers, and funding agencies. It is especially timely against the backdrop of the arguments being deployed in the cause of reader open. To make progress, we need to collect a lot more evidence than is currently available.


  • Executive overview
  • Context
  • Purpose
  • Biomedical scientists and the journals system
  • Journals and research productivity
  • Policy implications
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • References