SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Sustainable development is impossible without partnerships. Interconnected systems need to take account of different regional and local contexts and the need for equitable solutions. That's why SDG 17 is a focus for Springer Nature; we work in partnership with others to accelerate delivery of the goals by connecting researchers, policymakers, and practitioners through targeted events and new content formats.

  • SDG 17 seeks to improve global cooperation, infrastructure, and equity. We are signatories and participants of collaborative networks including.
  • SDG Publishers Compact, a collaboration between the UN and the International Publishers Association.
  • Valuable500, which strives to improve disability inclusion.
  • The Climate Pledge to achieve net zero by 2040 - Research4Life, making research available in low income countries, provide free access to training and resources to enable researchers in under-represented regions to develop research capabilities, and we offer APC waivers to remove financial barriers to publishing in open access journals.

On this page, discover how Springer Nature is working with partners to achieve the goals of the SDGs.

SDG17 and societal impact

SDG17Discover SDG17 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. Learn more

The Sustainable Development Goals Series

Discover the latest SDG17-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.

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Open Access Books: Supporting SDG 17

Open access (OA) advances research on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals—as OA easily connects researchers and their work to policy makers, business leaders, and professionals who can put discoveries into practice.Open Access

Take a closer look at our collection of SDG 17-related OA books and read interviews with OA book authors that illustrate how publishing their books OA has extended their impact and reach.

Explore our SDG 17 OA Books hub

Have an idea for an OA book? Take the next step. Contact us.

Let us guide you through the book publishing process. We would love to hear from you to discuss your book idea. 

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SDGs and the impact of open research

A partnership with VSNU and the UKB providing data, insights and tools to advance knowledge about how academic research and open research is having a societal impact and accelerating delivery of the SDGs

Springer Nature Storytellers at Berlin Science Week

Springer Nature Storytellers hosted an event at Berlin Science Week in which five researchers on the front lines of discovery shared true stories about life behind the science. We asked each of the storytellers to tell us what it was like to communicate about their research in a more personal way. Listen to the stories they told and hear about what they learned from the experience. 

  • An audience likes to see the 'human' in scientists

  • You have to care about the audience

  • Communicating your research in plain language doesn't diminish your work

  • Difficulties and failures make a great story

  • Memorization can only get you so far

Information for Authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 17 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 17 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