Scholarly publishing action on climate change

It is estimated that human activities are responsible for 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels. This warming from emissions will persist for centuries to millennia and will cause long-term changes in our climate system. The results of this are projected to include devastating impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, including species loss and extinction, and significant risks to health, livelihood, food security, water supply and economic growth.

The climate crisis knows no boundaries. It can only be tackled through alignment, collaboration, and a willingness to directly address the crisis and act.

Our knowledge on climate, prediction and crisis planning are all underpinned by the peer-reviewed research made available by scholarly publishers. Through advancing trusted research, publishers help climate research reach the widest possible audiences – providing knowledge, context and insight. 

Publication of articles on climate change has increased substantially. 92% of climate changes articles have been published since the year 2000[1].  Climate research is increasingly being published as Open Access.  57% of research articles relevant to Sustainable Development Goal or SDG-13 were published as Open Access as of 2020 and OA became the dominant publication model for research in this field in 2016, according to Dimensions data[2].  In terms of journals on climate change, 50% of active, scholarly, peer-reviewed journals in any language are fully Open Access and the remaining majority are either hybrid or transformative[3].

However, publishers have a wider role to play beyond ensuring that research is high quality, trustworthy and easy to access – they too must also play their part in tackling climate change.

STM’s member publishers have been working individually and collectively to stimulate innovative research and approaches both inside and outside of their organisations to address the global climate crisis.

 

Featured Initiatives and Collaborations Across the Industry

STM and sixteen of its members have signed the UN SDG’s publishers compact

More than 200 health journals are calling for action on climate change

Dozens of publishers have worked together to provide a COP26 digital book showcase, carrying 150 searchable books about climate change and sustainability

The Publishers Association in the UK has launched ‘Publishing Declares’, a sustainability pledge with 39 founding signatories from across the industry

Joint statement - The book sector unites to take action on climate

Elsevier, Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press and Copyright Clearance Center join Climate Change Knowledge Cooperative


Podcasts from our Members

Podcast: How engineers can help fight climate change

Podcast: Publishing Takes On Climate Change

Podcasts:  A Green Future

 

Key / Featured Resources

Climate Action Collection (Cambridge University Press)

Cambridge Open Engage - collaborative space  (Cambridge University Press)

COP26 Special Issue: UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (Elsevier)

Report: How can research help the world hit net zero by 2050?  (Elsevier)

Climate Research in Action (Springer Nature)

ACS Climate Science Toolkit   (ACS)

Climate Action Gateway  (F1000)

Sustainable Development Goals Online | Taylor & Francis Group (Taylor & Francis)

SDG 13 Climate Action | For Researchers | Springer Nature

Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) - Wiley Online Library

Contextualizing Sustainable Development Research (figshare.com)  (Digital Science)

SDG Resource Centre - Leading-edge information on the Sustainable Development Goals (relx.com) (Elsevier)

Elsevier-SDG-Report-2020.pdf  (Elsevier)

Navigating the Structure of Research on Sustainable Development Goals (Clarivate)

 

Upcoming Member Events

Event:   IOP Physics and the Green Economy Summit, an online event, 22 – 25 Nov 2021

Event:  Environmental Research 2021, 15-19 November

 

Member Initiatives and Acts of Support

 

 

 

AIP Publishing

Science Policy News from AIP; Climate Change  

 

Mapping the path of climate change

 

 

American Chemical Society

Climate Science Challenge Grant

 

 

American Medical Association

AMA to Protect Human Health from the Effects of Climate Change by Ending its Investments in Fossil Fuel Companies

Why physicians see climate change as a health emergency | American Medical Association (ama-assn.org)

Doctors demand presidential action on climate change

An Open Letter to President Trump · The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (MSCCH) (medsocietiesforclimatehealth.org)

 

 

American Physical Society

 

APS Takes Steps to Address its Carbon Footprint

 

 

APS Launches Campaign to Help Members Mitigate Their Carbon Footprint

 

 

American Psychological Association

 

APA is fostering environmental sustainability on several fronts

 

 

APA’s Response to the Global Climate Change Crisis

 

 

American Society of Agronomy

 

Climate Change Solutions Statement

 

 

American Society of Civil Engineers

 

Adaptation to climate change involves research and its effects on the safety, health and welfare of the public as it interfaces with civil engineering infrastructure.

 

 

Association for Computing Machinery

 

Gordon Bell Prize - Exascale Deep Learning for Climate Analytics

 

 

 

ALPSP

 

OECD Wins Inaugural University Press Redux Sustainability Award

 

 

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Call for governments to back IT's 'powerful role' in tackling climate change | BCS

Towards sustainable ethical computing | BCS

 

 

CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International)

Historical CABI records used in crop pest climate change study

 

CABI responds to high-level segment of UN Climate Change Conference

 

 

Clarivate Analytics

Sustainability at Clarivate

 

Clarivate Sustainability Policy

 

 

Digital Science

Supporting Sustainable Research

Report: Contextualizing Sustainable Development Research

 

 

EBSCO (Elton Bryson Stephens Company)

EBSCO Solar Grants

 

EBSCO Adds Additional Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

 

 

Elsevier

Elsevier makes the latest climate change research freely available via Mendeley

 

 

Elsevier commits to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2040

 

 

Geological Society of London

Year of Water

Year of Resources

 

 

Hapres

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Underpinning and Contributing to Sustainability Research

 

 

ICE Publishing

Accelerating urban action for a carbon free world

 

Achieving sustainable ground infrastructure with geosynthetics

 

 

International Atomic Energy Agency

Addressing environmental issues

 

 

Institute of Physics (IOP)

IOP Climate Change Position Statement

 

Sustainable Development Goals - IOP Publishing

 

IOP Publishing joins Climate Change Knowledge Cooperative

 

 

IOS Press

Sustainability

 

Sustainable Development Goals

 

 

Knowledge Futures Group

About Knowledge Futures

 

 

 

MDPI

About MDPI

 

 

Publishers Association

Sustainability from the Publishers Perspective

 

 

Royal Society of Chemistry

Include the Impacts of Climate Change in your Teaching

 

Our best climate change and sustainability resources are now in one place

 

Sustainability in the curriculum

 

Carbon criminals reveal our carbon footprint

 

 

SAE International

Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award

 

 

SAGE Publishing

Sustainability

 

 

Silverchair

Sustaining a sustainable office environment

 

 

Springer Nature

SDG Programme

 

Springer Nature creates new Climate Action Officer role in industry-first move

 

Springer Nature joins climate action emission reduction campaign | The Bookseller

 

Climate Research at COP26

 

 

Taylor and Francis

Reducing Plastic

 

Environment & Sustainability - Taylor & Francis (taylorandfrancis.com)

 

 

Wiley

Corporate Citizenship

 

Wiley Paper Selection and Use Policy

 

FY20 Green House Gas Emissions

 

 

Wolters Kluwer Health

Sustainability

 

Environmental, Corporate and Data Governance Overview 2020

 

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Climate Change Policy

 

 WHO and the global health community call for urgent action on the climate crisis

 

 

Member Resources

 

 

 

AIP Publishing

AIP congratulates 2021 Nobel Prize winners in physics for the physical modelling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming

 

The Discovery of Global Warming

 

Mapping the path of climate change

 

 

AAAS

Climate Change Resources

 

 

AACN

Clinical inquiry: six simple steps to sustainability; a checklist for ongoing monitoring of clinical practice improvements

 

 

American Chemical Society

ACS Climate Science Toolkit

 

 

American College of Physicians

Climate Change Toolkit

 

 

American Mathematical Society

Mathematics and Climate

 

Climate Change and the Mathematics of Transport in Sea Ice

 

American Physical Society

 

The Physics of Climate Change

 

 

 

American Physiological Society

Too Hot for Comfort: the Physiological Dangers of Extreme Heat

 

Going Green: APA is fostering environmental sustainability on several fronts

 

 

American Psychological Association

Climate Change Policy

 

Majority of US Adults Believe Climate Change Is Most Important Issue Today

 

 Humanistic Psychology and Climate-Change Denialism

 

Final Version of APA Climate Change Report Released

 

Learn how people understand the risks of climate change, psychosocial impacts of climate change and more

 

 

American Society of Clinical Oncology

 

Why Oncologists Should Care About Climate Change | JCO Oncology Practice (ascopubs.org)

 

 

ASME

World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development

 

Podcast: How engineers can help fight climate change

 

Manufacturing Blog: Engineering-a-future-of-sustainable-manufacturing

 

Sustainable Manufacturing: The Road Forward

 

 

Apple Academic Press Inc.

Environmental Science / Climate Change & Mitigation

 

 

Association of American University Presses

How to Green Your Office

 

 

Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers

Inaugural University Press Redux Sustainability Award

 

 

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Towards sustainable ethical computing

 

 

BMJ

Climate Emergency

 

 

Brill

corporate-social-responsibility

 

 

BSAVA

Conservative low-flow anaesthetic techniques could lead to reduced carbon footprint for veterinary practices

 

 

Burleigh Dodds

Potential worsening of food insecurity: What to do?

 

 

CABI

CABI Climate Change Series

 

 

Cambridge University Press

how-and-why-we-must-clean-up-our-planet

 

Cambridge University Press will contribute as part of the University’s Cambridge Zero climate change initiative

 

 

Copyright Clearance Center

Podcast: Publishing Takes On Climate Change

 

 

CSIRO Publishing

International Journal of Wildland Fire

 

Books on Climate Change

 

Books on Sustainability

 

Books on Pollution and Waste

 

Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science

 

Books on Restoration Ecology

 

 

Elsevier

 

 

The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future - The Lancet

Report: How can research help the world hit net zero by 2050? (elsevier.com)

SDG Resource Centre - Leading-edge information on the Sustainable Development Goals (relx.com)

Elsevier-SDG-Report-2020.pdf

Sustainability Through a Gender Lens: The Extent to Which Research on UN Sustainable

SDG Research Mapping Initiative (elsevier.com)

Elsevier announces conference on agriculture and climate change 2015

 

 

 

F1000

Climate Action Gateway

 

 

Geological Society of London

Year of Water

 

Rock miles and fair trade

 

Year of Resources

 

 

 

 

ICE Publishing

Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience

 

 

IEEE

Engineers, you can disrupt climate change

 

What it would really take to reverse climate change

 

 

IET

Geoengineering: In case of emergency break glass

 

Sustainability and climate-change

 

 

International Atomic Energy Agency

Nuclear Power and Climate Change

 

Energy Planning

 

 

International Publishers Association

Hundreds of Portuguese and Brazilian children’s books highlight sustainability and equality through new SDG Book Club

 

Taking Concrete Steps Towards the SDG goals; how publishers can contribute

 

Why is COP-26 a critical moment for the climate and publishing?

 

 

IOP Publishing (Institute of Physics)

Climate change impacts could amplify global inequalities even under ambitious ghg emission reduction policies

 

Sustainable Development Goals

 

The most effective steps to tackle climate change aren't being discussed

 

Podcasts:  A Green Future

 

Event:   IOP Physics and the Green Economy Summit, an online event, 22 – 25 Nov 2021

 

Event:  Environmental Research 2021, 15-19 November

 

Environmental Research Series

 

 

IWA Publishing

Earth Day - Climate Action Resources

 

Ask the Editor:  Journals of Water and Climate Change

 

Celebrating World Water Day

 

Sustainability and Water Supply

 

 

Knowledge Futures Group

Report: Science for the Post-Normal Age

 

 

Morressier

What researchers are learning about climate change

 

Climate migration: Human rights crisis in the making

 

Co2 Removal By Forest Restoration In Amazon

 

Earth, paradoxes, and rhetoric oh my: Meta-discussion of climate change communication

 

Sustainability: Why chemistry will have many ways to engage

 

 

National Information Standards Organisation

Ensuring the Long Term Impact of Earth Science Data through Data Curation and Preservation

 

 

New England Journal of Medicine

Climate Change — A Health Emergency

 

 

OSA (Optical Society)

European Life Programme

 

New Method For Identifying Carbon Compounds

 

Horizon 2020 Provides Opportunities For Photonics

 

 

Royal Society of Chemistry

Arsenal and leaf blowers add to global warming

 

Teach the real-world effects of climate change

 

Our best climate change and sustainability resources

 

Podcast: Climate Change

 

Sustainability in the Curriculum

 

Global Challenges:  Environment

 

 

SAGE Publishing

Research & ideas aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

 

Science Open

Climate Change: Open Access Collection

 

 

Silverchair

Earth Day - Earth Sciences

 

 

Society for Scholarly Publishing

SSP Event Summary – ‘Facts vs. Fake News: Who Decides What is True?

 

 

Springer Nature

Climate Research in Action

 

Fishing and Societal Impact

 

 

Taylor and Francis

Reduce meat consumption says expert

 

Addressing climate change at the community level in the US

 

Sustainable Development Goals Online | Taylor & Francis Group (taylorfrancis.com)

 

The urgent case for stronger climate targets for international shipping

 

 

Wiley

Healthcare professionals are important communicators for addressing climate change

 

Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) - Wiley Online Library

 

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Climate Change

 

Climate Change And Health: A Tool To Estimate Health And Adaptation Costs

 

 

Member Collaborations: Initiatives and Resources

 

American Medical Association

An open letter to President Trump to ask that he sign the Paris Climate Agreement

American Psychological Association

A report on the relationship between mental health and climate change

 

Signatory to a Proclamation on Psychology, Global Health and Climate Action

 

Signatory to a Resolution on Psychology, Global Health and Climate Action

American Society of Agronomy

Climate Change Solutions - recommendations on agricultural practices.

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Signatory to a letter asking world leaders to tackle climate change

Elsevier

World Forum on Climate Justice

Endocrine Society

Letter to President Trump asking to remain a signatory to the Paris Climate Agreement

International Publishers Association

A joint statement calling for climate change to be prioritised

 

A book conference on climate change

IOP Publishing (Institute of Physics)

An initiative to track and manage digital carbon impact

OSA (Optical Society)

An initiative to encourage organisations around the world to form research centres

 

The Global Environmental Measurement & Monitoring (GEMM) Initiative focuses on improving environmental and climate change impact planning

 

Creating a global environmental monitoring network

 

A coalition initiative to educate policy makers on climate change

 

Laser Ignition Conference; discussing fossil energy sources

 

Scientists Install Sensors in Glasgow, Scotland Schools to Monitor Greenhouse Gases in Real-Time

 

Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring Technologies: Current Capabilities and Future Needs

SAGE Publishing

Commitment to sustainable development

Springer Nature

Investigating research gaps in sustainable development

 

Carbon footprint reduction commitment

 

[1] Doris Klingelhöfer et al., “Climate Change: Does International Research Fulfill Global Demands and Necessities?,” Environmental Sciences Europe 32, no. 1 (October 15, 2020): 137, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-020-00419-1.

[2] According to Dimensions ‘Free App’ searched on 21/09/2021, Dimensions products | Dimensions - free version

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