The Sustainable Development Goals
At the heart of the United Nations’ ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These represent a call for action from both developed and developing countries in a global partnership to end poverty and improve health and education for all. The SDGs strive to promote economic growth and development in a way that tackles climate change and preserves biodiversity in our oceans and forests. Increasingly, the academic and publishing communities are coming together to support and promote these ambitious goals. The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the urgency of awareness and action. ScienceOpen is stepping up.
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A countdown to the holidays with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
And just like that, it is December! Although the holidays will look different this year—with virtual gatherings in place of in-person events, less travel, and adapted traditions—we hope you are still looking forward to the festive period! In anticipation of the season, we will be highlighting different collections on ScienceOpen beginning tomorrow and continuing each weekday through the 24th of December. The theme of this year’s countdown is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 2020 has highlighted for us all the ways, large and small, that our world is interconnected. We feel, therefore, that it is critical to promote research on sustainability, global warming, poverty, and inequality and hope that we can do a small part in helping the research community make progress with these goals.
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Introducing three new collections created with Emerald Publishing
Together with Emerald Publishing, we have created three new collections of Emerald publications that support Emerald’s three missions of promoting responsible consumption, equal access to digital technology, and reduced inequality throughout the world. These missions, inspired by the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), align closely with Emerald’s content and the interdisciplinary research being carried out by their subject communities. As a global business, Emerald recognizes that issues around inequality, sustainability and the digital divide resonate with audiences around the world and not just within academia, which was a driving factor for creating these collections.
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The unanimous adoption by UN Member States of the Sustainable Development Goals raised hopes that they would serve as a backbone for a global partnership for peace and prosperity. Yet, it is not only a political agenda: delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has become the focal point for many scientific communities across the globe.
Science, however, is a tremendously diverse practice with efforts always underway on multiple fronts simultaneously. As a result, it often proves difficult to find a unified platform where one could inform themselves in one place how different groups of scientists bring us closer toward accomplishing the sustainability goals.
The Microbiology Society, a leading organisation for research in microbes with over 10,000 publications indexed on ScienceOpen, decided to address this challenge and also highlight the vital role of learned societies in working together towards a sustainable future. The Society’s one-of-a-kind initiative culminated in the creation of the ScienceOpen Collection ‘A Sustainable Future’. This selection of research goes beyond the scope of microbiology and integrates contributions from nine scholarly organisations across topics such as ecology, medicine, social policy and welfare, environmental studies, and biochemistry. Offering this kind of unified learning experience is unprecedented, but this is not the only thing that makes this Collection unique!
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