Developing sustainable consumption and production patterns means collaboration across and among disciplines. Researchers and professionals from chemistry, materials science, engineering, applied physics, and more will need to build on each other’s work to develop new materials that can be reused, remanufactured, recycled, or recovered; all while minimising hazardous waste and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Materials science researchers have published a wealth of SDG-related research aimed at addressing these urgent issues. And to maximise their impact, they’ve chosen to publish it with Springer Nature. Here you’ll find a hand-picked selection of that research gathered on this page, published under many of our imprints, including Springer, Nature, and BMC; and from our society partners including the MRS, TMS, ASM, and others.

New Forums for Sustainable Materials Research

New Content ItemNature Synthesis 

Chief Editor: Ali Stoddart 

Launched in January 2022. The journal aims to bring together researchers from all areas of chemical and materials synthesis and has the goal of reporting synthetic approaches that either enhance our conceptual understanding of chemical or material entities, open up new ranges of accessible products that have a positive and practical impact on humankind or enable the sustainable production of chemicals and materials. Read the first issue freely accessible throughout 2022.

Share on TwitterEditor's Choice article for this SDG 12 collection: The path to materials recovery by Elsa A. Olivetti

43939Discover Materials

Editor-in-Chief: Rodrigo Martins

An open access journal focusing on all aspects of materials science. It especially welcomes papers connected to so-called ‘green materials’, which offer unique properties including natural abundance, low toxicity, economically affordable and versatility in terms of physical and chemical properties. Find out more

Share on TwitterHere is a list of all topical collections open for submissions.

Discover Materials is a part of The Discover Series, a collection of fully open access journals covering hot topics from across the full range of applied science, physical, life, medical and social disciplines.

Topical Collections

Sustainable Hydrogen Production

from Nano Convergence


Future Lithium-based Batteries

from Nature Communications


Sustainable Polymer Composites: Functionality and Applications

from Functional Composite Materials


Process System Engineering for Sustainability in Asia Pacific

from Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability


7th 3R International Scientific Conference (7th 3RINCs 2021)

from Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management


Advanced Functional Materials for Water and Wastewater Treatment

from Nanotechnology for Environmental Engineering


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
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