Journal of ISSN: 2373-4469JIG

Investigative Genomics
Editorial
Volume 3 Issue 1 - 2016
Production Versus Productivity
Pedro Martinez*
Department of Genetics, University de Barcelona, Spain
Received: July 14, 2016 | Published: July 29, 2016
*Corresponding author: Pedro Martinez, Department of Genetics, University of Barcelona and Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain, Tel: 34-934035302; Email:
Citation: Martinez P (2016) Production Versus Productivity. J Investig Genomics 3(1): 00042. DOI: 10.15406/jig.2016.03.00042

Editorial

It has become a sign of our times (maybe a negative sign) that science is taken, and measured, as another economic enterprise. The work undertaken in our laboratories needs to go through a process of evaluation that measures us (researchers) and what we do (publications, patents, theses, etc) in quantitative terms. While I do not deny that laboratories and research teams need to be accountable to our funding agencies, here I would like to dispute the notion that output should be measured as “gross production”. “Production”, whatever different metrics we use to gauge it (most are highly unsatisfactory; particularly the "overrated" Impact Factor; lately criticised in well-recognized journals such as Science and Nature), does not reflect the efficiency of our research teams. Economists use a far more useful measure of what is being produced: “productivity”, which is the ratio of “gross production”/“money invested” or, if you prefer, the ratio of output to input.

In order to better (more fairly) evaluate the efficiency of our teams, I think that funding agencies should start relying in the value of our productivity instead of our gross production. Implementation of such an approach would, for instance, treat smaller groups in a far more balanced way than how they are currently treated.

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