A piece of the big societal picture—affordable and clean energy

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By: Scott Epstein, Mon Mar 22 2021
Scott Epstein

Author: Scott Epstein

When researchers and policy makers work together, they can make real improvements in the real, wider world. That’s one of the reasons why Springer Nature has signed on to helping promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To see some examples of this, I’d like to take a look at how this plays out with just one of those goals. For this example, I’m going to take SDG 7—Affordable and Clean Energy. 

To see what Springer Nature offers in clean energy, I examined the top Altmetric and cited recent (2020 and younger) articles—and that’s for all of our major imprints, so BMC, Nature, Springer in particular. These “star” articles represent work across a range of disciplines, but all aiming towards that sustainable goal of clean energy. So you can see how the impact spreads across areas, I’ll break these down by imprint (and I’ll include the publishing journal, too.) 

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Nature Portfolio


(The following articles are all Open Access)

I do also want to mention some other tools we have to help bring research to policy makers and also the wider world. One is SharedIt—Springer Nature’s free content sharing initiative that provides a simple, quick, and legitimate way for researchers to share their content. 

Another is our Societal Impact toolkit; and you can read about that here.


Scott Epstein

Author: Scott Epstein

Before moving to Author Experience and Services, Scott Epstein marketed journals and books across all of Springer Nature, including Springer’s materials science and physics books and journals, and BMC and SpringerOpen’s largest math and materials science journals.