Help identify research that advances the SDGs

Advancing the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) is vital to the success of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Research and funding institutions have a vital supportive role in this historic task. Here, individual researchers like you can also play a part by helping to identify publications relevant to each SDG.

Why it is important to identify relevant publications
This task will show which of the SDGs are supported by a strong body of research and ensure this knowledge is available for reference. It will also highlight any gaps in the knowledge base, helping inform decisions about future lines of investigation.

How you can help
Help us qualify relevance based on a given publication’s relationship to the SDG indicators, which were developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) as a way of showing progress towards a target. Here’s how:

  1. Select an SDG from the menu to the left.
  2. Click Match to indicators for any publication of interest in the list. You will see information about the publication and the list of indicators relevant to the SDG. You can also nominate publications by uploading their unique identifiers.
  3. Select the indicators that you believe apply to this publication or click Not applicable at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click Submit feedback and return to the SDG page.
  5. You may then select another publication to review.

The aggregated crowd-sourced responses will also be made available through Elsevier’s ICSR Lab should you wish to use these in scholarly research evaluating methods that identify publications representative of the SDGs.

How the publications were selected
Elsevier’s data science teams worked with experts to create a Scopus search query for each SDG. Full details of the methodology and results for each SDG search query are freely available on Mendeley and the research publications retrieved by these queries can be analyzed in SciVal.