Elsevier 2022 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Mapping

Published: 12 July 2022| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/6bjy52jkm9.1


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenge the global community to build a world where no one is left behind. Since 2018, Elsevier has generated SDG search queries to help researchers and institutions track and demonstrate progress toward the SDG targets. In the past 3 years, these queries, along with the university’s own data and evidence supporting progress and contributions to the particular SDG outside of research-based metrics, are used for the THE Impact Rankings. For 2022, all SDGs used the exact same search query and ML algorithm as the Elsevier 2021 SDG mapping, except SDG 3. Working in conjunction with our university partners, we agreed that Covid related search terms should be added to SDG 3 - Good health and well-being. We made no changes to the ML algorithm. The newly added Covid query adds a little more than 190,000 publications to SDG 3, out of about 300,000 publications containing Covid related terms. We focused on public health, clinical medicine, and biomedical research, avoiding publications related to the impact of the pandemic on research spheres outside health research (e.g., economic, political, etc.).



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