SDG 13: Climate Action

Climate action is essential for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is the focus of SDG 13. Climate change is already having a devastating impact on people and ecosystems around the world, and it is only going to get worse if the world does not take action. SDG 13 calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

This hSN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019ub is a clearinghouse for research on UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Climate Action, published across Springer Nature. It features selected research from Springer Nature's journals, special issues, and cross-journal article collections, as well as selected books and book chapters. The curated research covers topics including climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and climate finance, and more.

What are authors saying about publishing their SDG 13-related research OA?

The following authors have benefitted from publishing their research open access (OA) at no extra cost:

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Having early and rapid access to research findings is fundamental to the advancement of science and discovery. Many funders and institutions now cover OA publishing costs for affiliated researchers, as part of an OA agreement with Springer Nature. 

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Journal Open Access Agreements

00G7H_LP-SDG11_Visual Creation © Springer NatureResearchers at more than 3,450 institutions worldwide are benefitting from transformative agreements (TAs) with Springer Nature—and that number is growing.

These agreements cover the open access (OA) journal article publishing costs for researchers at those institutions. Find out more about OA agreements and whether you may be entitled to publish OA with your fees covered.

Benefits of publishing your SDG13-related research openly include increased citation and usage, greater public engagement, faster impact and compliance with open access mandates.

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npj Climate Action

44168A new, fully open access, interdisciplinary journal. Open for submissions. 

The journal is now calling for papers for an article collection: Barriers and Pathways to Climate Action

Inspired by the theme of the 2024 Annual Conference of The Eastern Sociological Society, “The Social Side of the Climate Crisis”, we invite submissions for a special collection on “Barriers and Pathways to Climate Action.” Learn more 

Guest Editors: Colin Jerolmack, Andrew Jorgenson, Myron Strong & Fernando Tormos-Aponte

The Sustainable Development Goals Series

Discover the latest SDG13-related books published in Springer Nature’s Sustainable Development Goals Series. 
The Series features research on each of the SDGs, addressing the urgent global challenges facing humanity. The books published in the Series feature impactful contributions that support the efforts to make the SDGs a reality.

Springer Nature's SDG OA Book Collection

Why publish SDG research as an open access (OA) book? 

Because OA’s enhanced and equitable visibility means that research can reach the broader audience, and findings can be translated into actionable strategy. Explore OA books that support sustainable development and learn more about publishing your book OA - including funding options.

Information for Authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 13 work at Springer Nature is easy. Springer Nature aspires to lead in publishing SDG research, and especially in open access (OA) SDG research.

You can add impact and power to your SDG-related research when you publish it at Springer Nature, and alongside leading research (like the examples above). Research published OA at Springer Nature gets more exposure. For example, research published in fully OA Springer Nature journals are downloaded over 7,000 times on average (up to 5x more than competitors) and cited 7.39 times on average.

Publishing with Springer Nature gives you:

  • A range of journals, from Nature, Springer, and BMC, both hybrid and OA. The journals with SDG content curated above are a small selection of journals you can publish in. Clicking through on them will give you the information — including journal metrics, submission guidelines and more — that you need to plan your next submission.
  • The world’s leading scholarly book program, including the option to publish your book OA. ᐅSDG 13 OA Books
  • Support in finding funding for OA. Many funders and institutions now cover open access (OA) journal article publishing costs for affiliated researchers, as part of an OA agreement with Springer Nature. Find out more about OA agreements and whether you may be entitled to publish OA journal articles with your fees covered. The OA funding support service can help you find and access other OA publishing funds — for journal articles and books — to which you may be entitled.  ᐅOA Agreements  Funding Support Service  The impact of OA
  • Support in writing and publishing your work — both free, including tutorials and paid research solutions services, including editing, translation, and more.  ᐅAuthor Services  ᐅResearch Solutions
  • An easy way to get started on a book. Even if it is only a germ of an idea, by filling in this form, you will be put in touch with an editor who can help you grow it into a fully formed book.  ᐅSubmit your book idea

News & Insights

News, insights and advice from the Springer Nature team, and personal stories from the research community. A selection of posts from The Source - A blog providing insight and discussion on publishing in the academic world, and Springboard - Springer Nature's blog on all things open research.

Stories told by Authors

These are inspiring personal accounts shared during the Springer Nature Storytellers event at Berlin Science Week 2022 on the theme the food–energy–water connections which lie at the heart of sustainable, economic and environmental development. Our proud storytellers included:

Florian Humpenöder - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 

Azucena Morán - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Research Stories: How a dislike of suits led to high-impact climate research

Florian opened his talk with an unexpected story about his dislike for wearing suits as a teenager. A dislike which would eventually lead him to turn down a place on a dual study programme in Business Informatics at Deutsche Bahn, the National Railway Company of Germany – much to the dismay of his parents. But Deutsche Bahn’s loss proved to be climate research’s gain, as Florian went on to explain in his story. You can find out more about his stories in his blog.

Research stories: From aspiring journalist to researching the democratic response to the climate crisis

Azucena’s research explores the interface between social and political philosophy, democratic theory and citizen participation in contemporary politics. As well as her work at IASS Potsdam, she’s a senior research fellow at Public Agenda, engaged in the Healthier Democracies Project. Read more

SDG 13 researchers and societal impact

SDG 13 icon © Springer Nature 2021Discover SDG 13 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. 

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