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Good Health and well-being

Healthier Lives

Healthier Lives is one of four Emerald goal areas designed to support and promote research aligned with SDG3. The Healthier Lives agenda principally takes the form of quarterly mission campaigns. Concurrently, the Emerald Open Research Gateway for Healthier Lives –a platform for fast author-led publication and open peer review – focuses on promoting good physical and mental health, and bridging the gaps between research, policy and practice to achieve healthier lives for all.

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Partnerships for the goals

Are you in?

Are you in aims to unite academia to make change happen. It was initiated by Emerald Publishing and sparked by a recognition that real change in academia can only happen when we join up and commit to working together. We’re asking people to join us in working towards a fairer, more equitable environment where research can have a real-world impact and those within it can reach their full potential. We outline six commitments where we can work together for change as part of this.

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Responsible consumption and production

Responsible Management

Responsible Management is one of Emerald’s 4 goals areas designed to promote research leading to a more ethical, responsible, and sustainable ways of working. Our commitment to the SDGs is showcased via our theme-based missions focussing on key interdisciplinary topics for decent work for all. We use a broad array of outputs to reach a wider audience beyond academia and are committed to make research open to all as illustrated by our innovative Open Research platform with its 6 gateways.

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Decent work and economic growth

Fairer Society

Fairer Society is one of Emerald’s 4 goals areas designed to promote research for a world where no-one is left behind. Our commitment to the SDGs is showcased via our various initiatives starting with our theme-based missions focussing on key interdisciplinary topics for the betterment of society. We use a broad array of outputs to reach a wider audience beyond academia and are committed to make research open to all as illustrated by our innovative Open Research platform with its 6 gateways.

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Quality education

Quality Education for All

Quality Education for All is one of the four Emerald goals areas designed to support and promote research aligned predominantly with the SDG4. One commitment to the SDGs is with our quarterly theme-based missions focussing on one aspect of these interconnected global issues. We use a broad array of outputs to reach a wider audience and go beyond academia. We are also committed to making research as fair and accessible as possible via our innovative Emerald Open Research platform, aligned to SDGs

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure

ASCE Publishing SDG collections

ASCE Publishing’s SDG hub provides granular collections of sustainability- and SDG-related content. These collections raise the profile and discoverability of relevant research from ASCE’s vast volume of content. Five collections have been curated that address the SDGs in which ASCE publishes the greatest volume of content: Clean Water and Sanitation (6), Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (9), Sustainable Cities and Communities (11), Climate Action (13).

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Sustainable cities and communities

Sustainbility Hub

Stories and case studies on more sustainable, positive impact business practices, and how to connect communities and help them do the same.

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Climate action

Climate Action Gateway

The Climate Action Gateway brings together all content published on F1000Research related to climate change, its causes, impacts and potential solutions; making the information rapidly and openly accessible for others to consult and use, thus supporting the development of effective scientific, policy, economic, social and behavioural responses.

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Climate action

SDG Online

An online library of over 12,000 articles and chapters plus materials to help lecturers teach sustainability and enhance students’ satisfaction with their institutions. The Platform has new content regularly added.

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Partnerships for the goals

Top Action Tips for Connecting Researchers and Practitioners

Research alone will not make the SDGs reality. Each member of the scholarly community must put research results in the hands of practitioners. Researchers should also formulate their research agenda based on the needs of practitioners. This list provides easy-to-use ideas to encourage these connections and the resulting positive impacts. Multiple publishers provided input and the list was written by the SDG Publishers Compact Fellows.

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Good Health and well-being

Special Issue: Patient-led Research and Advocacy Effort

This special issue emphasizes the crucial role of children, and their families play in helping to co-produce and mobilize knowledge to deal with the grim reality of childhood cancer. By illuminating the growing influence of patient representatives and patient groups on research methods, advocacy, and policy, the special issue aims to encourage the childhood cancer community to further explore, partner and foster that influence.

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Partnerships for the goals

SDG Publishers Compact Fellows Program

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative SDG Publisher Compact Fellows is a joint initiative from multiple UN & higher education agencies across the academic publishing sector (eg., publishers, librarians, academics). We work to create important outcomes for the academic international community through integrating SDGs in educational materials, translating SDGs into practice (connecting researchers & practitioners), redefining impact of SDGs, and changing the culture in Higher Education.

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Climate action

Community Science Journal and Exchange

Community Science Exchange (communitysci.org) is a platform for best practices on making closer connections between researchers and community members. To solve societal challenges and meet sustainability goals, it is vital science connects with communities. The journal is an open access peer-reviewed publication for scientific findings of community science. It offers researchers and community practitioners a place to publish and share their work.

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Good Health and well-being

Public Health Challenges

Public Health Challenges is an open access, multidisciplinary journal addressing all areas of public health research, policy, and practice. With a truly global scope, we provide a platform to facilitate knowledge of urgent public health matters and their understanding and solutions. We welcome high quality research representing the full spectrum of global public health and publish all works in the open access format freely available and accessible to the international public health community

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Climate action

Sustainability: How societies can reduce climate impact?

Virtual event on scholarly societies building an environmentally sustainable future. Hear Randy Fiser, CEO of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Andrea Baier, Director of Publishing of the British Ecological Society (BES), and Prof David Griggs, President of the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) share their journeys toward a more environmentally sustainable future, and practical organizational improvements that you may be able to use in your own organization.

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

Research in Support of Equity (RISE)

This free access collection of research articles and book chapters encourages you to ask questions, broaden understanding with new perspectives, and engage with social equity, providing historical and geographic context, as well as contemporary insights. Whether you are a researcher, instructor, student, policymaker, or interested reader, Wiley has provided content across nine broad research categories relating to equity, to inform your further research and activism.

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Climate action

Launch and “Ocean Literacy” initiative for Rochelle Strauss’s THE GLOBAL OCEAN children’s book

With the launch of Rochelle’s Strauss’s latest CitizenKid book, “The Global Ocean”, she will be speaking to educators and students around the world about the the concept of Ocean Literacy and its seven principles, including the basic understanding that the world’s five oceans are interconnected, creating one global ocean that powers everything on Earth. As well as speaking at various events, the initiative will be supported by a Teaching Guide and support material highlighting the SDGs.

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Quality education

i-manager’s Journal of Educational Technology

i-manager’s Journal of Educational Technology has been satiating the reader’s quest to sense the role of technology in education effectively, and puts forth the insight of international authors in education technology and bestows a global outlook to the readers. It renders the most modern trends and researches in Higher education to stay current with the new trends and thus to structure a vital and valuable academia.

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Gender equality

Quentin Bryce Award

In 2020, UQP launched the UQP Quentin Bryce Award, which is conferred on a new title that celebrates women’s lives and/or promotes gender equality. The inaugural winner was Mununjali writer Ellen van Neerven for their poetry collection Throat, followed by Sarah Walker’s timely and brave essay collection, The First Time I Thought I Was Dying, in 2021, and Mirandi Riwoe’s short story collection about marginalised women, The Burnished Sun, in 2022.

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Climate action

Carbon positive publishing

Starting in January 2022, but backdated to our set-up in 2020, Renard has become one of the UK’s first carbon-positive publishers, having lowered our carbon usage to as close to zero, and over-offset by a fair margin, and has started planting a forest. We hope the move, a simple but effective strategy, will eventually become common practice in the industry, and we are sharing the knowledge we have gained in development, leaning on suppliers to encourage transparency in their carbon footprint.

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