SDG 5: Gender Equality

Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) of the United Nations aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Gender equality is essential for sustainable development, as it allows women and girls to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and economies. Research on SDG 5 covers a wide range of topics.

This hub is a clearinghouse for research on UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender Equality, 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 gender equality, women's empowerment, and women's rights, and more.

Science Storytelling for the SDGs at the UNGA Science Summit 2023

An evening of science storytelling from researchers brought together by Springer Nature, Story Collider and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

The event, which was led by Scientific American’s Laura Helmuth, involved a panel talking about their careers and experience working in research areas targeting SDGs 5, 7 and 10. The aim was to shine a light on the people behind the research who are working to find solutions to the challenges presented by the SDGs, but also to amplify the importance of effective science communication for accessibility, inclusion and driving forward progress.

SDG 5 researchers and societal impact

Discover SDG 5 researchers' attitudes towards SDG5_95px © Springer Nature 2021societal impact in this repository for viewing/downloading, 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 SDG5-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

Intersectionality and gender

Gender equality should also be viewed through the broader lens of intersectionality, or how different axes of discrimination cross each other to amplify their exclusionary effects on already minoritized groups. Below you can find a number of chapters and articles published by the Springer Nature on the intersection of gender, race, sexual identity and others.

Highlights in Gender Studies

Springer Nature is proud to publish a robust Gender Studies portfolio through the Palgrave Macmillan, Springer, and BMC imprints, with Palgrave Macmillan having one of the only full-time editors for the discipline. We publish research by scholars at all career levels and on topics as diverse as social movements, gender and citizenship, intersectionality, masculinities, LGBTQ+, sex and sexualities, gender identity, beauty and body image, gender-based violence, decolonial and transnational feminisms, and more. Springer Nature is the natural home for cutting-edge, provocative and definitive content that strives to interpret and challenge the society we live in. Browse a selection of Gender Studies books and journals below.

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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.

Female research pioneers who changed the world

Women have made significant impacts on our world with their pioneering research discoveries, theories and innovations. These steadfast women made the decision to pursue their scientific and research passions even when presented with enormous gender discrimination, doubters, disbelievers, and naysayers. Their mark in history is significant and the impact of their pioneering research continues to teach and inspire students, researchers, explorers, innovators and individuals seeking to further improve the world today.

Click on each pioneer to explore the research they continue to inspire across the our book and journal portfolios.

The SN Women Network

SN Women x UN Women © Springer Nature 2021At Springer Nature (SN), diversity and inclusion is at the core of how we work and who we are. Our employee-networks focus on fostering dialogue around diversity, community building, advice and advocacy. The SN Women global network provides a forum to promote gender equality and support self-defining women across Springer Nature to achieve their personal and professional ambitions. 

Among other initiatives, SN Women invite external experts, often SN authors, to give talks to colleagues about their experience as female pioneers in their fields. Watch recordings of these talks at the blogs below.

This March to honour International Women's Day and in line with our SN Women's credo to ACT, we are #ChoosingtoChallenge by standing up for women in leadership in this time of crisis.

Your work here: Information for Authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 5 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 5 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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