We equip communities with the knowledge that drives critical decision making and innovation to tackle challenges of greatest importance to humanity, science and the planet. We work with partners, create new engagement opportunities and new science to help deliver better outcomes and better care in support of sustainable development for our common future.

We have also taken an active role in supporting the execution of the UN Sustainability Goals, drawing on our analytical capabilities to present the Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape report, which identifies trends and opportunities in this important new field of research.

Ron Mobed, CEO Elsevier

Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape report

The report, Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape, that we  conducted in 2015 in collaboration with SciDev.Net, shows an  evidence-based overview of how the scientific capacity of countries is  being leveraged to address sustainable development and identifies areas  of opportunity for research and collaboration. The bibliometrics review  based on data from Scopus of the sustainability science research landscape between 2009  and 2013 shows the following key findings:

  • Sustainability science is a fast growing field: annual growth rate (2009-2013) of 7.6%; nearly twice as high as the average growth rate of all research in Scopus.

  • Sustainability science attracts 30% more citations than research on average. However, some fields enjoy more citations than the average. The Theme ‘Planet’ leads, with a stable FWCI of 1.50 and theme ‘Prosperity’ the highest growth in FWCI, from 1.10 in 2009 to 1.18 in 2013.

  • Currently only 3% of the world’s research is focused on sustainability science, with a clear North-South divide: 76% of the research is produced by high income countries compared to only 2% by low income countries. The level of interdisciplinary research in sustainability science is below world average.

  • China is the 3rd largest contributor to sustainability science globally, after the US and the UK.

    • Clear North-South divide: 76% of the research is produced by high income countries compared to only 2% by low income countries. The level of interdisciplinary research in sustainability science is below world average

      Key Initiatives

      Each year we develop larger projects that originated in the roadmap that address the Key Findings of the report and link to the SDG’s. Learn more about the Key Initiatives for 2016-2018 below.

      I The 17 SDG’s Perspectives Project

      The SDG Perspectives Project fosters interdisciplinary and international collaboration. It is extremely important in guiding a highly impactful body of scientific knowledge that supports sustainable development.

      Philippe Terheggen, Managing Director STMJ, Elsevier

      The project aims to develop a comprehensive set of critical reviews exploring how the SDGs agenda is influencing scholarly debates, and vice-versa. The intention is to provoke discussion around the policy-science interface on the SDGs and the broader 2030 sustainable development agenda. The reviews will provide rich overviews of state-of-the-art knowledge and inform on key issues, as well as provide clear examples of practical solutions and collaborations between research institutions, industry and governments. The reviews will be published in special issues in 3 key Elsevier journals, and brought together on the RELX SDGs Resource Centre.

      II RELX Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Resource Centre

      We have to invent, develop and launch countless new ideas and solutions within a very short time. In other words: the SDGS not only identify where we have to be in 2030 to create a sustainable world which leaves nobody behind, they also outline new markets and opportunities for companies all over the world.

      Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact

      The Resource Centre is a centralized searchable, educational platform curating content from various sources that showcase the unique contributions of all RELX Group companies and of our partners. With partners we can create a key resource that aims to effectively inform policy makers and others to promote sustainable development. We invite possible partners to engage with us and to help achieve our collective goals to facilitate the SDG’s implementation.

      III “Impact of Sustainability Science on society by developing correlative metrics between Elsevier scientific papers and LN legislative data” Pilot Project

      Measuring the impact of science on society is a theme of increasing importance not . . . While we still have a long way to go to move beyond proof-of-concept to the development of new metrics, it has been incredibly exciting to discover the connections are there.

      Ann Gabriel, VP Strategic Alliances, Elsevier

      In accordance with the SDGs, Elsevier, in partnership with SciDevNet, analyses the corpus of related scientific literature in a comprehensive report:  Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape. The report benchmarks research output and citation impact, research collaboration and interdisciplinary research, and contributes to our understanding of sustainable development, analysing how far sustainability science has progressed as a discipline.

      IV Establishing a Framework to Address Gender in Scientific Publishing

      This is critical work and an important opportunity for us to develop our position as a thought leader in our industry.  People often forget that gender means both men and women and applying a gender lens to publishing means that we will work to raise awareness around research blind spots that affect men as well.

      Holly Falk Krzesinski, VP Research Intelligence, Elsevier

      For a leading information analytics business such as Elsevier, the SDGs provide a framework for applying a gender lens to our core business to produce robust research in the most sustainable way. This has resulted in 8 key areas of focus: 1. Editorial policies and guidance on sex and gender in research 2. Gender diversity for reviewers and editors 3. Gender diversity for panellists 4. Capture gender metrics; 5. Unconscious bias in peer review 6. Promote studies on sex and gender in research and diversity in STEM 7. Gender balance in communications and outreach 8. Analytics on gender in research and publishing.