SDG Advocacy

We work towards the collective achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In the scholarly context, there are explicit approaches that can be taken.

Our co-creatives advocating for the SDGs

Reading suggestion

Tennant, J., Francuzik, W., Dunleavy, D. J., Fecher, B., Gonzalez-Marquez, M., & Steiner, T. (2020, March 24). Open Scholarship as a mechanism for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG indicator taxonomy


To encourage scholarly publishing venues and research institutions in adopting the SDG indicator taxonomy for solution-oriented research output that allows for direct application to societal and environmental interventions to mitigate climate change, forced migration, war and conflict, and other existential crises of our times. 

The slides are available at DOI 10.5281/zenodo.10029997

Read more and cite as

Havemann, J., Matizirofa, L., & Selematsela, D. (2023). SDG indicator codes as metadata in institutional repositories and scholarly indexing systems. Access 2 Perspectives.

SDG Advocacy through scholarly publishing

Supporting researchers and the publishing community in creating a sustainable future through action.

Each piece that drives the academic publishing community is represented in the SDG Publishers Compact Fellows. From each of our disparate perspectives, every issue takes a different shape; however, the Fellows are unified in the belief that we are each poised and bound to act – that we can ensure scholarship and learning serves the good of the earth and all who inhabit it. We are those who have decided to build a world where publishers, researchers, educators and practitioners collaborate to solve the SDGs.


The SDG Publishers Compact Fellows have identified key practical actions that different groups within the scholarly community can take to embed SDGs into practice.


Top action tips for promoting equity in research and publishing: for collaborative use by researchers, publishers, editors, funders and higher education institutions.

Get tips on how to promote equity in research & publishing.

Academic publishers, editors & reviewers

The academic publishing community must create the systems through which research and education can drive global achievement of the SDGs.

Find ways to drive organizational change.

Article Processing Fees, Waivers and Discounts

For authors, the tips help understand how to find waivers and discounts to remove the barrier of publishing costs for open access. For editors and publishers, the tips show how to help enable authors to access a journal’s information on waivers and discount processes.

Top tips on publishing costs for open access regarding.

Graduate researchers & students

The new generations of researchers, beginning their careers in a time of change and action, must integrate sustainability into the agenda of future scholarship.

Get tips on building SDGs into your career.

Academic authors

Authors must actively choose to create the knowledge humankind needs to fuel growth that is sustainable and make change that is positive.

See our recommendations for best practices on bringing SDGs into your research.

Academic librarians

Libraries must ensure that the knowledge required to achieve the SDGs can be recognized, discovered and made available to those who will build upon it and put it into action.

See tips on how to uncover SDG scholarship.

Connecting researchers & practitioners

Research alone will not make the SDGs reality. Each member of scholarly community must work to put research in the hands of practitioners.

See tips on how each group can get research into practice.

Driving sustainability-literacy in educational materials

To grow a world where sustainability-literacy the norm, our textbooks and other educational materials must truly integrate sustainability concepts.

See the rubric and learn to use it.

Communicating Implications: Policymakers, Journalists & the Public

To drive real world change, the practical implications of SDG related research must be accessible to policymakers, journalists and the public.

See author guides for sharing practical implications.

Communicating Implications: Professionals & Practitioners

To drive real world change, the practical implications of SDG related research must be accessible to professionals and practitioners.

See author guides for sharing practical implications.

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