Hrvoje Mataković1, Mirjana Pejić Bach2 and Iva Radočaj Novak1

1University of Zagreb, Centre for Research, Development and Technology Transfer
  Zagreb, Croatia

2Department of Organization and Management, Faculty of Economics and Business - University of Zagreb
  Zagreb, Croatia

INDECS 11(2), 174-189, 2013
DOI 10.7906/indecs.11.2.1
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Received: 28 March 2013
Accepted: 14 April 2013
Regular article


Scientific productivity is one of the engines of development in the 21st century. The most common way of its measurement is through publication in peer-review articles. Current research indicates that there is a strong connection between country's development and its share in the world publication of scientific articles. Transition countries are still catching-up with the most developed countries in terms of scientific productivity, which is especially evident in Western Balkan countries. As one of the rare attempts to assess obstacles to scientific productivity in transition countries, this study investigates different factors and their effects to the scientific productivity. The obstacles are the results of the historical reasons, inadequate systems for advancement in the scientific community, and problems with the development and/or implementation of strategies for scientific development of the particular country. In addition, without efficient measurement of scientific productivity, it is hard to analyse its behaviour. Papers written by authors from transition countries are often published in local journals that are covered insufficiently by the Web of Science. Therefore, up-to-date systems for tracking scientific publications in transition countries are of the highest importance.


scientific productivity, transition countries, obstacles, science, Web of Science


JEL:O32, O38

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