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Table 1 Number of publications on each SDG (2015–2019)

From: Bibliometric analysis of scientific publications on “sustainable development goals” with emphasis on “good health and well-being” goal (2015–2019)

SDG Goal Number of documents %
N = 18,696
Number of citations per document Top five countries
1: No Poverty 1401 7.5 9.5 US, UK, South Africa, Australia, Canada
2: Zero Hunger 655 3.5 11.6 US, UK, Australia, Netherlands, Germany
3: Good Health and Well-being 1477 7.9 14.3 US, UK, Switzerland, Australia, Canada
4: Quality Education 685 3.7 5.1 UK, US, Australia, Germany, Canada
5: Gender Equality 403 2.2 11.0 US, UK, South Africa, Switzerland, Canada
6: Clean Water and Sanitation 781 4.2 10.5 US, UK, China, Netherland, Germany
7: Affordable and Clean Energy 203 1.1 14.6 Australia, US, Germany, China, UK
8: Decent Work and Economic Growth 493 2.6 9.4 US, UK, Australia, Germany, South Africa
9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 550 2.9 9.7 US, UK, Australia, Germany, South Africa
10: Reduced Inequality 257 1.4 6.7 US, UK, Australia, South Africa, Canada
11: Sustainable Cities and Communities 1316 7.0 10.4 UK, US, China, Australia, Germany
12: Responsible Consumption and Production 1764 9.4 13.4 US, UK, Germany, Australia, Italy
13: Climate Action 2699 14.4 13.5 US, UK, Australia, Germany, Netherlands
14: Life Below Water 652 3.5 10.0 US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany
15: Life on Land 1499 8.0 12.3 US, UK, Germany, Australia, China
16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions 486 2.6 9.4 US, UK, South Africa, Australia, Canada
17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal 3073 16.4 10.2 US, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Germany
Totala 18,375 98.4   US, UK, Australia, Germany, China
  1. aThe total was less than the overall number (n = 18,696) either because of the presence of limited number of false positive results or because the keywords used to retrieve the documents on each SDG were not 100% accurate. The difference, which is approximately 1.5%, will not affect the overall analysis