SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019Consumption and production are driving economic forces in today's society, however, currently we are not utilizing the planet's natural resources responsibly. As a consequence we are at risk of continuing to use them in a way that destroys our planet and endangers the systems on which our very survival depends. 

In response to these worrying developments the ultimate goal of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12 is to establish ‘Responsible Consumption & Production’, and in order to achieve this goal current and insightful research on the topic is of vital importance. Therefore within this collection we are proud to showcase some of the most pioneering research and expert blog posts dedicated to achieving this goal.

We invite you to browse our SDG12-related publications, blog posts and interviews - and learn how to publish your research with Springer Nature.

Nature Chemical Engineering, launching 2024

Nature Chemical Engineering © Springer Nature 2023Nature Chemical Engineering will cover all aspects of chemical engineering: from fundamental scientific advances in chemical, physical and biological systems to the design, scale-up and optimization of chemical processes of importance to society. We particularly welcome studies that explore new engineering solutions to the global Sustainable Development Goals.

Take a look at this collection of articles, Chemical Engineering Distilled, illustrating some of the key areas the journal will cover. 

Visit the journal website to find out more or to submit your paper.

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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.

Information for Authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 12 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 12 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

SDG 12 researchers and societal impact

SDG 12 icon © Springer Nature 2021Discover SDG 12 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. 

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