SDG Analysis


Contents of the brief description

This brief description explains how the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs, can be analyzed with the help of the SciVal-modules "Overview" and "Trends".


The Sustainable Development Goals are political aims and objectives of the United Nations (UN). The member states of the UN agreed on 17 aims that should be implemented until 2030 and serve as a worldwide security for a sustainable development of economic, ecologic and social structures. Furthermore five core messages are put in front of the Sustainable Development Goals as guiding principles: human, planet, wealth, peace and partnership. Therefore the SDGs focus on disadvantaged and discriminated population groups and want to help to create a more fair, healthy, peaceful and social world.

The following brief description considers 16 of the 17 existent SDGs, because "SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals" is not included in SciVal. SciVal has predefined Research Areas for the SDGs, for 2020 and 2022. This is due to the fact that the Research Areas of 2020 were improved in 2022 ( The underlying search requests, the so called queries, can be found via or within SciVal via "View Research Area Definition".

The following SDGs can be disyplayed in SciVal:

  • SDG 1: No Poverty
  • SDG 2: Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4: Quality Education
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequality
  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13: Climate Action
  • SDG 14: Life Below Water
  • SDG 15: Life on Land
  • SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


Looking at the SDGs in SciVal - "Overview" module:


Within the "Overview" module it is possible to select the Research Area of a specific SDG and show the worldwide amount of publications belonging to it. It can be seen that the amount of results for the query of 2022 is a lot larger than the results for 2020:

SDG 1: 12297 vs. 89808 publications (status of September 2022)


Looking at the SDGs in SciVal - "Trends" module


Within the "Trends" module it is possible to show the Scholarly Output for a country or an institution by selecting the option "Contries & Regions" or "Institutions". Afterwards, a drop down menu can be opened to select different refinements like "Europe" or "Germany", where the Scholarly Output of the RWTH can be seen in direct comparison to other institutions.


The table contains different options to select like the "Citation Count", "Output in Top Citation Percentiles" or "Publications in Top Journal Percentiles". It has the advantage that a well-arranged table can be created and modified individually to contrast different data with one another.


Example table for SDG 7

Beispielhafte Tabelle für SDG 7

An exemplary table for SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy (2022) would look like this:


Export function


The finished table can be downloaded for further use, for example in Excel, as .xlsx or .csv data by using the "Export" button.