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Learn how SLU’s publications contribute to Agenda 2030

Published: 15 June 2020
 Associations between SLU's publications and the global goals. Illustration.

A new service gives an overview of the scientific publications that SLU contributes to the sustainable development goals, from 2008 and forward. So far, seven of the global goals have been analysed, and the overall trend is an increasing societal impact.

The dynamic search analyses, developed by the SLU library, lists SLU’s scientific publications in connection to the global goals. The service also gives an overview of the accessibility and the societal impact of the publications.

The measure of societal impact builds on altmetric information such as mentions of the publications on Wikipedia, blogs, social media, patent databases, policy documents, etc. A graphic representation also shows the affiliation of the universities and organisations that have co-authored SLU publications connected to a global goal.

“It is exciting and inspiring to dive into these analyses – I feel proud of the great breadth and societal impact of the knowledge generated at SLU”, says Ylva Hillbur, pro vice-chancellor for international relations and Agenda 2030 at SLU.

So far, the search analyses comprise seven of the global goals, but all 17 goals will be added along the way. The largest number of publications is currently found in connection to the global goal Life on land (goal 15). Here, 1450 publications are listed, of which about 48 percent are available as open access.

“Compared to most other universities that have made this type of analysis, SLU has a large volume of publications connected to the global goal Life on land”, explains Agneta Lindsten at the SLU Library. She has developed the service together with her colleagues and is responsible for the search analyses.


The lists of publications relating to the sustainable development goals have been generated through searches in the databases Web of Science, Scopus and the SLU publication database. The search analysis service is being developed by the SLU Library.