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Southampton ranked top for publications related to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water

Published: 17 June 2021
Life below water

The University of Southampton is ranked first in the UK for the volume of publications related to SDG 14 (2015-2021) with nearly 1000 captured on SciVal.

A group of 10 RIS, Library and International Partnerships attended the preview TRENDS module on SciVal session which provides data mapped to the SDGs.  With a filter applied for country Southampton came out at the top amongst UK institutions, followed by Plymouth (805) and Exeter (771).  This impressive metric could be used to identify potential collaborators and hot topic areas where research could benefit from expanding into. 

SciVal is a bibliometric tool based on Scopus data that offers normalised metrics and enables benchmarking and collaboration analysis. SciVal can help analyse and compare citation and publication trends between individuals, research groups, Institutions & organisations, countries, and sub-disciplines.

Sustainable Development Goal 14 is about "Life below water" and is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The official wording is to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development".

Saving our ocean must remain a priority. Marine biodiversity is critical to the health of people and our planet. Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.

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