Publishers collaborate to provide United Nations with relevant research on SDG progress.

To help policy makers and the wider public find, understand and act on research related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kudos, the platform for showcasing research, and Impact Science, a brand of Cactus Communications, have launched the Sustainable Development Knowledge Showcase. The online showcase contains over 300 plain language summaries of highly relevant, actionable research mapped against the 17 outlined SDGs. Access the showcase at

This initiative is sponsored by major publishers across a wide range of research areas, including Springer Nature, Sage Publishing, The Royal Society of Chemistry and The American Society of Civil Engineers. The launch coincides with the SDG Summit, hosted by the United Nations, where world leaders convene to review progress and reaffirm commitments to these goals. The Sustainable Development Knowledge Showcase provides interested parties with a ready-made collection of research summaries that are easy to understand to inform discussion and decision-making.

Melinda Kenneway, CEO and co-founder of Kudos explained that: “Research has an important role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. But achieving these outcomes requires greater effort to ensure research findings are summarised and interpreted for wider audiences — from policy makers, educators and industry to the media and general public. Publishers have a vital and unique role to play here.”

Leslie Connelly, director, publications marketing at The American Society of Civil Engineers stated that: “As a signatory to the SDG Publishers Compact, ASCE is committed not only to taking in-house actions that support the Goals, but also to breaking down the barrier between SDG research and the audiences that need to act on it,” explained. The Kudos SDG initiative is a great way for us to deliver on that commitment, tapping into Kudos’ expertise in getting content in front of broad audiences including policy makers, educators and the wider public.”

Nicola Jones, director of the SDG programme at Springer Nature said that: “Collaboration is essential to achieving the SDGs,” added. “Our participation in the Sustainable Development Knowledge Cooperative is one of many initiatives we’ve put in place to facilitate knowledge exchange and equip decision makers with the information that will help address the world’s most pressing challenges. It’s all part of delivering on the commitments we’ve made to our staff, our society partners and our authors.”

Miranda Nunhofer, vice president of research at Sage stated that: “Earlier this year we laid out our progress and continued commitment to sustainability in our first Independence with Impact report. Joining the Sustainable Development Knowledge Cooperative is a collaborative next step in disseminating the latest research to the widest audiences, supporting a more equitable academic future and helping to drive positive social change.”

Harp Minas, publisher and SDG representative at The Royal Society of Chemistry explained that: “The chemical sciences are vital to society’s ability to help meet the challenges set by the sustainable development goals. As a leading society and publisher, it’s important that we lead in showing how chemical science solves sustainability challenges, not only in terms of advancing research, but also by influencing the actions of individuals and strategy and policy professionals worldwide. The Sustainable Development Knowledge Cooperative is an important route for us communicate this to a global audience.”

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The Sustainable Development Knowledge Cooperative provides simple summaries of research that help readers understand the changes they can make to meet these goals and bring a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.

Access the Sustainable Development Knowledge Cooperative for free to understand how we can all take action.