Research for World Water Day 2021

Research for World Water Day 2021

March 22nd – UN Recognized World Water Day

Since 1993, March 22nd has been designated World Water Day to bring awareness to the importance of fresh water. It goes without saying that access to safe drinking water is essential for survival, good health, sanitation, and quality of life. Access to fresh water is also clearly a concern as average global temperatures rise. Fresh water is predicted to become scarce in some areas of the world while more extreme flooding seasons are expected in others. Presently, the United Nations reports that 1 in 3 people do not have access to safe drinking water and estimates that by 2050 up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year. Thus, ensuring access to fresh water to everyone is critically important and will only become more difficult in the wake of global warming.

Explore Collections supporting SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation for All

In support of Word Water Day, we thought it was appropriate to highlight Collections on the platform that are dedicated to supporting the Sustinable Development Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation. Recently, we have announced two major campaigns on the platform in support of all the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The first was with the University College London, in which we created SDG-themed Collections comprising UCL-affiliated research supporting the SDGs. The second was ScienceOpen’s own campaign in which we’ve invited researchers working on the SDGs to add ‘SDGs’ to the keywords of their article record so that it can be added to the ScienceOpen Community-curated SDG Collections. To explore the Collections from these campaigns that are focused on supporting the achievement of providing clean water and sanitation to all, see here: 

UCL: UN SDG 06 Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Researchers can get involved directly on ScienceOpen!

Are you a researcher working on SDG 6, ensuring clean water and sanitation to all? Then we encourage you to add the keyword ‘SDG6’ to your article record on ScienceOpen, so that your research can be featured in the ScienceOpen SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Collection. By coming together, the research community can make their research more discoverable and therefore accelerate the work being done on the SDGs. For instructions on how to add keywords to your article record to ScienceOpen, go here

More Research to explore on World Water Day

Also today, we want to highlight for you interesting journal collections on the platform that are relevant to World Water Day. First up, we have another collection from our partner, UCL Press: 

UCL Open: Environment Special series on Water and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 

This special series is a call for papers and invitation to join UCL’s effort and debate on Water and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read the call for papers at You can also find the first preprint manuscript (available open access) here: Synergies and Trade-offs between Sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goals

Next, we want to mention AWWA Water Science by the American Water Works Association which explores the theoretical, experimental, and practical approaches that advance fundamental understanding and application of all aspects of waterworks and any source water that could conceivably become a potable water supply. Explore the recently updated collection with articles from 2021 in its ScienceOpen Collection here

Journal Collections on Oceans

In addition to research specifically on fresh water supply, we thought it important to also highlight research on the oceans in honor of World Water Day. The following Collections on the platform encompass findings on marine life, marine science technology, the international ocean discovery program, and more:  

  • Journal of Ocean University of China covers such branches of marine science and technology as meteorology, environment sciences and engineering, life sciences, fishery sciences, food sciences and food engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering, geology, remote sensing, and information technology and management. 
  • Marine Life Science & Technology provides a platform that introduces new discoveries and theories associated with marine organisms, bioresources, and biotechnology. The journal is intended for marine scientists, biological oceanographers, conservation biologists, marine technologists, policy makers and legislators. 
  • Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research collaboration that explores Earth’s history and dynamics using ocean-going research platforms to recover data recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks and to monitor subseafloor environments. 
  • Scientific Ocean Drilling Expedition Research Results International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), and Deep-Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) expedition-related research results published in peer-reviewed journals are included in this collection, which is compiled by Lorri Peters, IODP Manager of Publications. 

Add your scientific journal to the platform!

If you are interested in highlighting your journal’s research on the platform, get in touch with us at ScienceOpen by emailing You can browse our services by hovering over the ‘For Publishers’ tab on the navigation ribbon.   

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