Real World Change

Major new research study to help publishers identify and prioritize initiatives to support the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals


Research has the power to change policy, influence industry, and improve people’s lives.

But change doesn’t happen by chance.

Researchers, research institutions and  research funders need help to bring  about real world change.

The scholarly publishing sector is uniquely positioned to provide the expertise, resources and networks that will ensure research makes a difference.

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Research and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals.

Research that is aligned with the SDGs has the potential to accelerate solutions to humanity’s most pressing challenges.

With progress to date having been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, there is now a growing sense of urgency and focus. Research funding and policy increasingly shaped by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Opportunities in the scholarly communications sector

The scholarly communications sector has a central role to play in helping accelerate progress towards the goals. Publishers and related organizations need to understand expectations and challenges in relation to the communication of SDG-related research.

Kudos can help you understand the opportunities for helping your authors and institutional partners to get their SDG-related research into the heart of decision-making.

What you need to know

The Real World Change study will explore the attitudes and needs of researchers, universities, funders, and policy makers.

You will understand how funding is being allocated to SDGs, and how this might map onto publisher innovation in services relating to accelerating progress against the SDGs.

Survey findings will be synthesized and analysed alongside desk-based research, with recommendations provided around how best to engage with the opportunities arising from SDG-related funding.

A snapshot of key survey results will be publicly shared in a white paper and related speaking engagements, where your sponsorship will be publicised. The complete data set and full recommendations will only be made available to


  • ✔ Contribute to the acceleration of SDG progress
  • ✔ Gain strategic insight and identify commercial opportunities
  • ✔ Position yourself for first-mover advantage
  • ✔ Build your brand in critical research areas
  • ✔ Advance research quality and impact
  • ✔ Demonstrate thought leadership

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The “Real World Change” Research Study builds on the success of past research led by Kudos, with sponsorship from organizations including: