Sustainable Development Goals

IOS Press Committed to Sustainable Development Goals

In December 2020, IOS Press became a member of the UN’s SDG Publishers Compact and in doing so committed to develop sustainable practices and act as champions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), publishing books and journals that will help inform, develop, and inspire action in that direction. More details about our policies and targets in this respect will be added to this page in due course.

Commitment to the SDG Publishers Compact

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs have seen numerous sustainability transformations emerging. From now up to 2030, we must take urgent action. As outlined on the UN website: “We must be the generation to end extreme poverty, win the race against climate change and conquer injustice and gender inequality. We will shine a light on solutions that expand access and demonstrate the possibilities of ideas. We will drive sustainable innovation.”

How does IOS Press contribute to this and advocate for sustainable practices in relation to its membership of the SDG Publishers Compact? Primarily, in the sharing of ideas and in relation to the content that is published. Among the publications in the IOS Press catalog, you can find content that supports the following SDGs in particular:

There are targets in the planning in relation to SDG-related projects and possible special issues. More will be added here in due course.


Related content in IOS Press journals:

The list below will be updated every quarter to provide an overview with some examples of the sustainability-related content published by IOS Press.


Dec 22, 2020: SDGs highlighted in the Q4 2020 mailing

A number of articles focusing on sustainability and SDGs were featured in the latest IOS Press Quarterly mailing, including: statistical approaches and the contribution of corporations to SDG targets in the Statistical Journal of the IAOS; health literacy for promoting SDGs and a paper where the author calls on academic publishers to have a major role in transforming research to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 in Information Services & Use; and a call to improve environmental policy-making process to enable achievement of SDGs in Environmental Policy and LawView mailing

Dec 18, 2020: Discussion forum on

On the website of Statistical Journal of the IAOS, there is a Discussion Platform section where points are raised for comment. The December discussion questions featured challenges of regional cooperation and capacity development, based around the overarching question: “Improving less developed statistical systems – do we apply the correct foundations and are we at risk of leaving some countries behind?” The discussion points cover global statistical systems, in relation to monitoring parameters for SDG indicators and beyond. Join the discussion

Oct 14, 2020: Towards sustainability to realize Agenda 2030

The most popular contributed blog post on the Environmental Policy and Law website in 2020 focused on sustainability. In particular, it highlighted the urgent need for the transformation of sustainability pathways and how vital it is that this is carried out in an integrated manner. Almost 5 years after the adoption of Agenda 2030,  the Global Sustainable Development Report was written prior to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in 2019 and it outlined the science behind what was needed to achieve sustainable development. This article highlights the key players and points. Read article


“If the sustainable development goals  of the Agenda 2030 are to be met, human societies need to take a new stand for implementing this plan of action – without delay” 

Eeva Furman, professor at the Finnish Environmental Institute and board member of EPL


[Page updated: Jan 15, 2021]