Pressure to publish in the biomedical scientific field: Ethical conflicts or a possible obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Published: 9 January 2018
Author(s): Salvatore Chirumbolo, Geir Bjørklund
Issue: January 2018
Section: Letter to the Editor

Some author recently reported that pressure to publish in the scientific biomedical field may push down research quality and should debase any editorial policy that aims at discouraging competing interests [1]. Actually, the largest widespread availability of many bibliometric data in indexed databases, often provided by Elsevier, Thomson Reuters ISI and Google Scholar, prompts researchers to obsess about their scientific productivity and impact, often comparing their numbers with those of other scientists worldwide [1].