SDG 4: Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The official wording of SDG 4 is: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” SDG 4 is essential for sustainable development. Education is a fundamental human right, and it is also essential for economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. Achieving SDG 4 means creating a world where everyone can reach their full potential.

SpringSN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019er Nature's SDG4 Hub provides a curated selection of research on education from its extensive collection of education journals. Explore special issues, collections, books, and book chapters on topics such as education policy, higher education, inclusive education, gender equality in education, and more.

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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 SDG4-related research openly include increased citation and usage, greater public engagement, faster impact and compliance with open access mandates.

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Open access journals

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.

The Sustainable Development Goals Series

Discover the latest SDG4-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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Your work here: Information for Authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 4 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 4 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

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