Elsevier 2023 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Mapping

Published: 13 July 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/y2zyy9vwzy.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 5 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 2023, the SDGs use the exact same search query and ML algorithm as the Elsevier 2022 SDG mappings, with only minor modifications to five SDGs, namely SDG 1, 4, 5, 7 and 14. In these cases, the queries were shortened by removing exclusion lists based on journal identifiers. These exclusion lists often contained thousands of items to filter out content in journals that were not core to the SDGs. To replicate the effect of these journal exclusions, sets of keywords were used to closely mimic the effects the journal exclusions had on the SDG content, while greatly reducing the overall query size and complexity. By following this approach, we were able to limit the changes to the publications in each SDG by less than 2 percent for most SDGs, while reducing the query size by 50 percent or more. These shortened queries also have the added benefit of running faster in Scopus, allowing further analysis of the SDG data to be done more easily. For each SDG, the full search query, along with further details about the top keyphrases, subfields, journals and keyphrases are available for download.



Elsevier BV


Sustainability, Searching Algorithm, Sustainable Development Goals