In Civ V the efficient way to produce more science was about as clear as it is in BE: Get national college > Get universities > Get public schools > Get labs Also you want big cities to sustain specialists and because science scales with population. And if your ideology of choice is order and you can add factories to the list, possibly before public schools if you wanted to oxford modern era for fast factory tech bonus. That's basically how it works and if Civ V had 4 science victories all you'd see would be people playing this strategy as well. Which is why I don't think the problem lies in the easy way to play "the science game". The problem is more that the Civ BE science strategy works well for every kind of victory there is.