Interactive Maps of the SDG Research Partnerships

Authors: Que Anh Dang, Florian Kienhoefer, Jie MaMehmet Karakus

These interactive maps visualise the SDG-related research partnerships between the UK and 15 East Asian countries and territories by showing the number of co-authored publications in the period of 2015-2022. The bibliometric data was extracted from Scopus in August 2022 and included co-authored publications mentioning the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The horizontal menu bar below allows you to browse different sets of data showing the number of SDG-related co-authored publications by region, country, discipline, institution and funder. 

Using a similar quantitative method, we also visualise the data about co-authored publications between the United States and 15 East Asian countries, and between Germany and 15 East Asian countries. The USA and Germany were selected because they are the top partners in co-authorships with the UK in the past decade. These additional illustrations are to help viewers to better understand the landscape of SDG-related international research publications that might indicate the scales and patterns of research partnerships across several Western countries and the East Asian region.


The Scopus data above provides only some snapshots of research partnerships. One of the limitations is that Scopus data includes publications published in English and not in other languages (e.g. Asian languages or German).

The 15 East Asian countries and territories refer to 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 5 Northeast Asian countries or territories, namely China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, and South Korea – also known as ASEAN+3.

We welcome your feedback and helpful suggestions to improve the interactive maps. Please write to us at peer@coventry.ac.uk