SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) of the United Nations aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Clean water and sanitation are essential for human health and well-being, and they are also critical for sustainable development.

This hub is SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019a clearinghouse for research on UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, 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 water and sanitation, wastewater treatment, and pollution management, and more.

Topics in Spotlight

We have gathered research insights on four diverse topics and invite you to read selected articles and book chapters. 

New Journal - Nature Water

44221Nature Water was launched in January this year. Browse the collection of articles and opinion papers and learn more about the new journal. "Nature Water aims to be a venue for all research on the evolving relationship between water resources and society."  See Editorial

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Join Nature Water Talks

Nature Water Tallks are online events hosted by the editors of the Nature Water journal. The webinars aim to involve a global audience by bringing in experts to talk about water-related challenges and opportunities. Watch the latest recordings:

Nature Computational Science Focus issue: Computing a greener tomorrow

Environmental issues such as climate change, air and water pollution, and non-renewable energy continue to threaten a sustainable future.

This Focus includes discussions from and conversations with experts – such as Dr. Alexandre Caldas, a Director in the United Nations (UN) – about the potential for computational tools to help address these challenges and on how these tools themselves can be improved to ensure a greener and more sustainable future. Take a look at the Focus. Free to read until July 24th.

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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.

The Sustainable Development Goals Series

Discover the latest SDG6-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.

Your work here: Information for Authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 6 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 6 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.

SDG 6 Clean Water and SanitationDiscover SDG 6 researchers' attitudes towards societal 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

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