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Table 2 Number of publications on 17 SDGs across different world regions

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

Region African region
N = 3299
Americas
N = 6512
European
N = 9756
South-East Asian
N = 2041
Eastern Med.
N = 1052
Western Pacific
N = 4315
Total number of countries 47 35 54 11 21 27
SDG number n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
SDG 1 401 (12.2) 538 (8.3) 700 (7.2) 204 (10.0) 64 (6.1) 290 (6.7)
SDG 2 148 (4.5) 253 (3.9) 362 (3.7) 96 (4.7) 29 (2.8) 138 (3.2)
SDG 3 468 (14.2) 707 (10.9) 693 (7.1) 249 (12.2) 143 (13.6) 313 (7.3)
SDG 4 116 (3.5) 199 (3.1) 371 (3.8) 69 (3.4) 38 (3.6) 122 (2.8)
SDG 5 117 (3.5) 175 (2.7) 186 (1.9) 60 (2.9) 23 (2.2) 57 (1.3)
SDG 6 143 (4.3) 292 (4.5) 397 (4.1) 93 (4.6) 48 (4.6) 196 (4.5)
SDG 7 15 (0.5) 43 (0.7) 103 (1.1) 16 (0.8) 20 (1.9) 72 (1.7)
SDG 8 76 (2.3) 181 (2.8) 269 (2.8) 46 (2.3) 14 (1.3) 127 (2.9)
SDG 9 119 (3.6) 199 (3.1) 294 (3.0) 33 (1.6) 43 (4.1) 146 (3.4)
SDG 10 44 (1.3) 87 (1.3) 136 (1.4) 20 (1.0) 9 (0.9) 58 (1.3)
SDG 11 117 (3.5) 338 (5.2) 711 (7.3) 149 (7.3) 72 (6.8) 408 (9.5)
SDG 12 162 (4.9) 535 (8.2) 1068 (10.9) 134 (6.6) 80 (7.6) 448 (10.4)
SDG 13 294 (8.9) 874 (13.4) 1630 (16.7) 247 (12.1) 118 (11.2) 798 (18.5)
SDG 14 58 (1.8) 254 (3.9) 376 (3.9) 80 (3.9) 19 (1.8) 227 (5.3)
SDG 15 164 (5.0) 503 (7.7) 861 (8.8) 146 (7.2) 106 (10.1) 439 (10.2)
SDG 16 106 (3.2) 191 (2.9) 243 (2.5) 60 (2.9) 24 (2.3) 83 (1.9)
SDG 17 538 (16.3) 1139 (17.5) 1704 (17.5) 320 (15.7) 181 (17.2) 646 (14.9)
TOTALa 3086 (93.5%) 6508 (99.9%) 10,104 (103.0%) 2022 (99.1) 1031 (98%) 4567 (105.1%)
Top three researched SDGs (excluding SDG 17) Health
Poverty
Climate action
Climate action
Health
Poverty
Climate action
Responsible consumption and production
Life on land
Health
Climate action
Poverty
Health
Climate action
Life on land
Climate action
Responsible consumption and production
Life on land
Least three researched SDGs Clean energy
Inequalities
Life below water
Clean energy
Inequality
Gender equality
Clean energy
Inequality
Gender equality
Clean energy
Gender equality
Industry innovation
Inequality
Life below water
Gender equality
Gender equality
Inequality
Clean energy
  1. aThe total for each world region was slightly lower or higher than 100% 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