SDG 15: Life on Land


Human civilization depends on the natural ecosystem. Until and unless we protect our forests, wildlife, and land againstexploitation our present and future both do not stand a chance. 

UN Sustainable SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019Development Goal 15 aims at instilling practices of sustainable land use and ecosystem preservation to avoid problems of fresh water availability, economic development and inequities, and more.

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The Sustainable Development Goals Series

Discover the latest SDG15-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.   

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Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 15 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 15 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

Join the BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition 2023

BMC Ecology and Evolution © Springer Nature 2022We are delighted to announce our third BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition! Submit your images for a chance to highlight your research, win prizes, and have your visual stories featured in the journal. Find out more about last year’s competition winner and how you can submit your images here.

The competition provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase research and the beauty of nature to a broad audience. Anyone affiliated with a research institution is eligible to enter one image into each of the following four categories:

1. Research in action. Images that showcase ecological or environmental biology research or capture experiences of conducting studies and collecting data.

2. Protecting our planet. Photos conveying efforts to support and raise awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- SDG6.6: Protect and restore water-related ecosystems
- SDG14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- and SDG15: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss.

3. Plants and Fungi. Photos depicting:
- The importance of plants and fungi in ecosystems
- The extraordinary way plants and fungi have evolved to attract insects to reproduce and ensure survival.
- Extinction risk and threats to plants and fungi.

4. Paleoecology. Images which provide glimpses into long-lost worlds (e.g., fossil assemblages, microfossils, paleohistology and paleoart). 

Are you ready to show your photographic talent?

Learn more about the competition and how to submit your image here.

SDG15 and Societal Impact

SDG15_95px © Springer Nature 2021Discover SDG15 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. Learn more.

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