Sustainable Development Goals
In December 2020, IOS Press became a signatory of the United Nations SDG Publishers Compact and in doing so committed to develop sustainable practices and act as champions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), publishing books and journals that will help inform, develop, and inspire action in that direction. Details about our publications and targets will be added to this section in quarterly updates.
Commitment to the SDG Publishers Compact
The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs have seen numerous sustainability transformations emerging. From now up to 2030, we must take urgent action. As outlined on the UN website: “We must be the generation to end extreme poverty, win the race against climate change, and conquer injustice and gender inequality. We will shine a light on solutions that expand access and demonstrate the possibilities of ideas. We will drive sustainable innovation.”
How does we contribute to this and advocate for sustainable practices in relation to our membership in the SDG Publishers Compact? Primarily in the sharing of ideas and in relation to the content that is published. Among the publications in the IOS Press catalog, you can find content that supports the following SDGs in particular:
- SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
- SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
- SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy
- SDG 13 – Climate action
- SDG 14 – Life below water
- SDG 15 – Life on land
- SDG 16 – Peace, justice, and strong institutions
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Progress on any SDG-related projects or special issues will be detailed here in due course or highlighted on the individual journal pages.
Q2 2023 Update
The Editors-in-Chief of all journals published by IOS Press received a report with information about the SDGs and actions to support this initiative, including the IOS Press Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
Q1 2023 Update
In the first quarter of 2023, the SDG working group worked on reports to be sent to the Editors-in-Chief of journals supporting the IOS Press Diversity and Inclusion Statement. The list of supporting journals now includes:
Meanwhile, two blog posts relating to the SDGs were published in Labs:
Q4 2022 Update
The SDG working group is happy to share that we are applying the search query strings developed by Scopus to find content related to the SDGs using LD Connect. All journals have been screened for SDG-related content, which automatically shows up on journal pages. Browse our catalog to see this new feature. We continue to work towards having the support of as many journals as possible for the IOS Press Diversity and Inclusion Statement. The list of supporting journals now includes:
Q3 2022 Update
In Q3 2022, our commitment to the SDGs has progressed when we began working with two organizations. We gained representation on the STM Integrity Hub: Paper Mills Working Group, focusing on research integrity in scholarly publishing. We also began working with Greencast to assess our carbon footprint, taking the first steps to hopefully joining The Climate Pledge. The editors of five journals also pledged support for the IOS Press Diversity and Inclusion Statement, including:
- International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine
- Journal of Parkinson's Disease
- Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
- Journal of Smart Cities and Society
- Technology and Health Care
In September 2022, a report by the SDG working group was published covering progress to date:
- IOS Press Looking to the Future – Sustainable Development Goals (PDF), report by Carmel McNamara, Gabriela Ricci, Axana Scherbeijn, and Marten Stavenga
Q2 2022 Update
We began investigating ways we can communicate which SDGs are covered in our journal content, continued to support and advise editors as they take action to improve geographical and gender equality for their journals, and worked to gain support for the IOS Press Diversity and Inclusion Statement for a number of journals, including:
- Applied Ontology
- Brain Plasticity
- Journal of Berry Research
- Journal of Neutron Research
- Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
- Statistical Journal of the IAOS
- Web Intelligence
A Labs blog post was also published that links to SDG 10 (reducing inequalities):
Q1 2022 Update
Update Report and Presentation: The SDGs working group took part in the IOS Press 35th anniversary celebrations to publicize the important work we are doing in this area. See more about this event here or click the links:
We gathered the geographic location of our authors through our metadata, powered by LD Connect, and updated our records for 2021. This is in relation to our Diversity and Inclusion Statement (DIS), keeping editors informed in efforts to lead to improved geographical equality, also on the Editorial Boards. During this quarter, a number of editors announced DIS support for their journals, including:
- AI Communications
- Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
- Data Science
- Education for Information
- Human Antibodies
- Intelligent Data Analysis
- Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
- Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Reports
- Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems
- Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Main Group Chemistry
- Translational Science of Rare Diseases
- Journal of Vestibular Research
- Journal of X-Ray Science and Technology
Q4 2021 Update
Focusing on our priorities for SDG 12 (responsible consumption), we have committed to drastically reducing the amount of paper that we print and are investigating moving to a more ecologically-sound approach of prioritizing electronic services. During this quarter, a number of editors announced support for the IOS Press Diversity and Inclusion Statement for their journals, including:
- Advances in Communication and Swallowing
- Cancer Biomarkers
- Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments
- Technology and Disability
Q3 2021 Update
We began considering actions relating to responsible consumption and production, as well as working with partners/suppliers with a common goal of sustainability. We joined with 45+ organizations in a joint commitment for action on inclusion and diversity in publishing with an aim to pool our resources, expertise, and insight to accelerate research culture change. A number of editors began taking action to improve geographical and gender equality for their journals, as listed in our quarterly update.
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Journals supporting IOS Press Diversity and Inclusion Statement:
Q2 2021 Update
We support an inclusive and diverse culture within scholarly publishing and IOS Press now has a Diversity and Inclusion Statement (DIS) in place. Editors will be informed of the listed actions and considerations that we hope will lead to improved geographical and gender equality. Any editors supporting the DIS will be invited to promote, spread awareness, and implement the relevant actions for their journals.
Q1 2021 Update
During the first months of 2021, IOS Press set up a working group to look at the SDGs with an aim to set specific targets. Indicated below are five current priorities and we are working with journal editors to assess board membership in terms of gender and diversity, as well as assessing partnerships in terms of responsible production.
Q2 2023 Update:
Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJIAOS) Special Issue: Governance Statistics and the UN Praia City Group: The SJIAOS has released a special issue dedicated to governance statistics and the UN Praia City Group. This issue highlights the importance of governance-related data in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With this special issue, researchers and policymakers can gain valuable insights into statistical methods and practices that contribute to informed decision-making for sustainable development. For more information on this special issue, visit the link here: SJIAOS Special Issue
Information Services and Use (ISU) Article: Stepping up on Climate Action – How can book sector associations support businesses in reducing CO2 emissions? In this article published in ISU, the focus is on climate action and the role of book sector associations in helping businesses reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Sustainable development goals, particularly SDG 13 on climate action, are addressed in this research. The article offers valuable insights into how various industries can contribute to environmental sustainability. You can read the full article here: ISU Article
Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJIAOS) Article: "When is there enough data to create a global statistic?" This article, published in the SJIAOS, explores the challenges of creating global statistics and addresses the question of when there is sufficient data to establish such statistics. Understanding the nuances of data collection and analysis is crucial for measuring progress toward the SDGs accurately. The article sheds light on the complexities and considerations in producing meaningful global statistics. You can access the article here: SJIAOS Article
We commend the continuous efforts of these journals and researchers for their valuable contributions to the SDGs. The second quarter of 2023 has seen a diverse range of research that addresses various aspects of sustainable development and brings us closer to achieving the global goals. Stay tuned for further updates in Q3.
Q1 2023 Update:
Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJIAOS): SJIAOS has published an editorial that includes a paragraph discussing SDG-related manuscripts. With a total of 70 manuscripts identified so far, SJIAOS serves as a valuable platform for research contributions toward the SDGs. You can read the editorial and explore the SDG-related manuscripts here.
Information Polity (IP) published a Call for Papers for the Special Issue on Digital Government and Sustainable Development Goals focused on digital government and the sustainable development goals. This presents an excellent opportunity for researchers and scholars to contribute to the discourse on leveraging digital technologies for sustainable development. You can find more details about the call for papers here.
Intelligent Decision Technologies (IDT) Volume 17, Issue 1: The recently published issue of IDT features a selection of papers titled "Contributions by Women in Theory and Applications of Artificial Intelligence." These papers offer valuable insights into the role of women in AI and align with SDG 5, which focuses on gender equality and empowerment. To explore this issue, you can read the foreword and access the papers here.
Environmental Policy and Law (EPL): EPL consistently covers content related to SDG 13, which pertains to climate action. Notably, all EPL papers are now open access, making them easily accessible to readers. Two noteworthy articles include "The New Horizons of Law and Science through the Lens of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: Some Emerging Issues" and "The Use of Ecosystem Services Model in Sustainable Coral Reefs Management: Some Legal Reflections."
We appreciate the collaborative efforts of our colleagues and the diverse range of SDG-related content published in the first quarter of 2023. Stay tuned for the upcoming Q2 update.
Q4 2022 Update:
Dec 21, 2022: Special Issue on Critical Race Theory
This special issue of Education for Information, Vol.38, Iss.4, is the second one in the "Race Relations in LIS" series. It has been edited by the Critical Race Theory collective and shines a much needed light on critical race theory and how it impacts the LIS field, aligning with SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). It is in keeping with the journal’s goals to support just, peaceful and inclusive societies. Editor-in-Chief Prof. Fidelia Ibekwe has also written a commentary on the issue.
Dec 15, 2022: Special issue on Inclusion and E-Government: Progress and Questions for Scholars of Social Equity
This special issue of Information Polity (IP), Vol.27, Iss.4 looks at role of e-government in our society. The introduction of the e-government provides new opportunities, but can also reinforce or increase mechanisms of (social) exclusion. Until now, limited work has been done on the factors that foster inclusion in relation to e-government. The researchers argue that inclusion, as it relates to e-government, needs to be conceptualized beyond the digital divide, and explored in relationship to other well-established concepts, such as diversity and social equity, so as to avoid any conceptual confusion.
Q3 2022 Update:
Jul 8, 2022: Factoring Climate Change Risks in the Wetland Ecosystems Governance: A Policy Look Ahead
This article in Environmental Policy and Law, Vol.52, Iss.3/4, looks at global watershed and coastal management approaches of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide key tools to protect these ecosystems. A robust global wetland information repository system needs to be developed for providing necessary data to effectively model climate change impacts at local and regional levels.
Sep 13, 2022: Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals: A case for investment in data and impact evaluation
A research article in the Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJI), Vol.38, Iss.3, describes data collection and analytics challenges at the sub-national level related to measuring SDG indicators and the attribution of government expenditure to the SDGs. The authors state: "Our findings suggest that national level surveys lack sufficient granularity to allow for a reliable and accurate measurement of progress over time at the subnational level. In addition, many of the SDG indicators could not be approximated at the local government level."
Sep 13, 2022: The FAO-UN Women partnership to support countries in producing sex-disaggregated data on agricultural landownership
A research article in SJI, Vol.38, Iss.3, highlights the resulting increase in capacity of countries to monitor progress in achieving SDG Target 5.a: Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.
Q2 2022 Update:
Apr 21, 2022: COVID-19 and decent work: A bibliometric analysis
This article in WORK Vol.71, Iss.4, consider the guarantee of decent and dignified work (SDG 8)." This article aimed to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on decent work according to the literature.
Jun 7, 2022: Alternative methods for disaggregating Sustainable Development Goal indicators using survey data
A research article in the Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJI), Vol.38, Iss.2, focuses on SDG 2: "After having described a holistic strategy for producing disaggregated estimates of SDG indicators, this paper discusses alternative sampling and estimation methods that can be applied when sample surveys are the primary data source."
Jun 7, 2022: Measuring Sustainable Development Goals in cities, towns and rural areas: The new degree of urbanisation
A research article in SJI, Vol.38, Iss.2, looks at aspects relating to SDG 11: "The UN SDGs include a range of indicators that incorporate measurements for cities and urban and rural areas....This article presents a new harmonized definition for international statistical comparison, called the degree of urbanization."
Q1 2022 Update:
Mar 21, 2022: SDG progress assessment; comparing apples with what?
This article in Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJI), Vol.39, Iss.1, looks at a" number of metrics developed by different international organizations for measuring progress towards the SDGs and aims to shed light on differences and highlight where harmonization is most necessary."
Mar 21, 2022: From agricultural statistics to zero hunger (SDG 2)
A research article in SJI's Vol.38, Iss.1, looks at SDG 2: "The 50x2030 Initiative to Close the Agricultural Data Gap has a focus to help partner countries track progress toward meeting priority indicators of the SDGs on zero hunger and gender equality."
Mar 8, 2022: Stockholm+50: A Look Ahead in International Environmental Politics
Published in Vol.52, Iss. 1 of the Environmental Policy and Law, in the special section dedicated to the upcoming Stockholm+50 conference, this paper looks at a "number of metrics developed by different international organizations for measuring progress towards the SDGs and aims to shed light on differences and highlight where harmonization is most necessary."
Q4 2021 Update:
Nov 26, 2021: Statistics on difficult to measure population groups
An editorial by the Editor-in-Chief of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJI) highlights that the 2030 agenda makes a clear commitment to inclusiveness. "The role for the international organizations is, alongside their mandate as custodian of specific SDGs, to develop and maintain clear guidelines and standards for producing and disseminating harmonized data on these issues and guarantee the integrated approach of statistical information of these groups with all other groups and the total population."
Nov 26, 2021: Food balance sheets
A research article in SJI's Vol.37, Iss.4, looks at SDG 12 aiming to guarantee sustainable consumption and production methods. "To achieve this objective, it is necessary to be able to assess food losses before any intervention aimed at reducing them. The UN agencies responsible for the evaluation of food losses propose to split them into: a part concerning food losses measured by the Global Food Loss Index; and another part relating to food waste, the indicator of which is the Food Waste Index."
Oct 26, 2021: Rent soil theory versus Sustainable Development Goals
Published in Vol.51, Iss. 5 of the Environmental Policy and Law, this paper looks at Indonesia’s rent soil theory – a policy that aims to increase state revenue through the imposition of rent for forest land along with natural resources (wood, lumber, stable soil, etc.). "This practice is contrary to the principle under SDG 15, which promotes sustainable management of all types of forest. It exposes the land owned by indigenous people to the threat by the State under the guise of its social function."
Q3 2021 Update:
Sep 1, 2021: Applications of e-learning for the Sustainable Development Goals
A research article by Sharleen Forbes and John Harraway published in Vol.37, Iss.3 of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS covered teaching official statistics relating to SDGs: "The e-learning environment allows for direct linkage to online courses including those run by UN agencies, such as the UN Statistics Division’s Compiling national metadata for Sustainable Development Goals and UNITAR’s Introduction to data governance for monitoring the SDGs. It also enables innovative ways of teaching."
Aug 27, 2021: Information-seeking behaviors of teacher students
In Education for Information Vol.37, Iss.3, a paper by Claes Dahlqvist reviewed quantitative methods and touched upon SDG matters: "UNESCO recognizes teachers as the key to achieving SDG 4 (quality education). Teachers are acknowledged as fundamental for guaranteeing quality education and to accomplish that, the training of teachers and teacher students is considered crucial. This also applies to processes essential for contributing to a high-quality teacher education."
Aug 27, 2021: Gratitude
Karen Jacobs, the Editor-in-Chief of Work was one of the first to express support for the IOS Press Diversity and Inclusion Statement. In the journal's Vol.69, Iss.4, the editorial states: "We strive for equal opportunities for everyone regardless of gender and geographical location. A 3-year analysis of our journal was conducted and it showed that the vast majority of the authors publishing in the journal are affiliated with institutions in Asia, Europe, and North America. Our board is predominantly female, which breaks the trend where women are typically under-represented on editorial boards. In reviewing this analysis, there are some broad actions to be taken."
Q2 2021 Update:
Jun 8, 2021: Impact of green practices on consumers’ sustainable purchase intentions
Human Systems Management Vol.40, Iss.3 includes an article covering sustainable development. One paper investigates the impact of distinct green practices – environment, perceived environmental responsibility, environmental advertisement, and eco-labeling – on sustainable purchase intentions (SPI) in relation to adopting green strategies in Pakistan. Positive results were evident that provide extensive input into the growing literature of psychology in terms of humans’ sustainable consumption behavior with empirical evidence from a developing nation.
Jun 3, 2021: Sustainable futures
Information Polity (IP) Vol.26, Iss.2 is a special issue looking at digital government and gender. IP’s Editors-in-Chief, Albert Meijer and William Webster, state in their editorial: “Our ambition to contribute to a sustainable future is an important stance for an academic journal to take, as we are not just committing our scholarly endeavors to creating and disseminating new knowledge and understanding, but also to using this for the greater good – in this case a stronger sustainable democratic information polity. In our opinion, it is important to demonstrate the significance of our field and its intellectual contribution to the future evolution of critical institutions and infrastructures in society and especially the polity.”
May 11, 2021: Our Earth Matters special issue
In early May, the first issue of a two-part special issue of Environmental Policy and Law was published on the topic of “Our Earth Matters” in which expert scholars outline the urgent action required for environment governance. One article in Vol.50, Iss.6 was highlighted during the recent World Environment Day webinar (watch the full recording here), which takes an interesting stance on SDGs that is worthy of discussion: “Sustainable development is now so ubiquitous in many of our social systems that it ‘has become ingrained as the rationale for social and economic policies and, as such, is rarely challenged, but accepted as necessary and inevitable.’ The SDGs are an apt example in this respect. But sustainable development only continues to offer a smokescreen without having any ability whatsoever to achieve the type of deep and meaningful internal and external transformations that are necessary to promote planetary integrity.”
Q1 2021 Update:
Mar 22, 2021: Sustainable development goal indicators
Statistical Journal of the IAOS Vol.37, Iss.1 includes articles covering sustainable development. One paper looks at assessing sustainable causal relationships between informal employment indicators and the main components of SDGs. Others suggest to provide more up-to-date information for monitoring sustainable development and providing timely evidence for policy makers has led to an increased interest in “nowcasting.” Technological innovations, new data sources and the emergence of big data have created additional opportunities to follow economic and social developments with reduced time lags. This is covered in this paper and in this special editorial.
Feb 22, 2021: Envisioning the future through e-transparency
An article published in Information Polity Vol.26, Iss.1 highlights the lack of correlation between long-term goals and available data relating to commitments or international agreements like the sustainable development goals. The study then outlines a method that has been developed to allow a civil society organization to seek public budget information using open government data (OGD). Such OGD platforms can be used to monitor government capacity in achieving policy goals and five constraints have been identified for their use: granularity, traceability, correlation, accessibility, and usability. Civil society is interested in using the information to project the future outcomes of public policy rather than monitor the past, which creates a feature in envisioning the future public policy accomplishment.
Jan 20, 2021: Towards the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
The top viewed content on the Environmental Policy and Law website in Q1 2021 is a post by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The article focuses on the post-2020 framework and states that, in order to address the global biodiversity agenda, we need to be open to the interconnectedness of different challenges and ensure engagement of all stakeholders and sectors. Milestones need to be set that build on what has already been achieved, learn lessons, and fill the gaps. The strategic plan of the CBD, set out as the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, will hold the key to the future of the planet.
Q4 2020 Update:
Dec 22, 2020: SDGs highlighted in the Q4 2020 mailing
A number of articles focusing on sustainability and SDGs were featured in the latest IOS Press Quarterly mailing, including: statistical approaches and the contribution of corporations to SDG targets in the Statistical Journal of the IAOS; health literacy for promoting SDGs and a paper where the author calls on academic publishers to have a major role in transforming research to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 in Information Services & Use; and a call to improve environmental policy-making process to enable achievement of SDGs in Environmental Policy and Law.
Dec 18, 2020: Discussion forum on OfficialStatistics.com
On the website of Statistical Journal of the IAOS, there is a Discussion Platform section where points are raised for comment. The December discussion questions featured challenges of regional cooperation and capacity development, based around the overarching question: “Improving less developed statistical systems – do we apply the correct foundations and are we at risk of leaving some countries behind?” The discussion points cover global statistical systems, in relation to monitoring parameters for SDG indicators and beyond.
Oct 14, 2020: Towards sustainability to realize Agenda 2030
The most popular contributed blog post on the Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) website in 2020 focused on sustainability. In particular, it highlighted the urgent need for the transformation of sustainability pathways and how vital it is that this is carried out in an integrated manner. Almost 5 years after the adoption of Agenda 2030, the Global Sustainable Development Report was written prior to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in 2019 and it outlined the science behind what was needed to achieve sustainable development. This article highlights the key players and points.
“If the sustainable development goals of the Agenda 2030 are to be met, human societies need to take a new stand for implementing this plan of action – without delay”
Eeva Furman, professor at the Finnish Environmental Institute and board member of EPL
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IOS Press SDG Working Group:
Gabriela Ricci, Axana Scherbeijn, Marten Stavenga, Reina Steenhuizen, Pim van Holst
Former group members: Stephanie Delbeque, Carmel McNamara
[Page first published: Jan 15, 2021; updated: Aug 10, 2023]