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Special Issue "Citizen Science and the Role in Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Education and Approaches".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Florian Heigl

Institute of Zoology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Gregor Mendel Straße 33, Vienna 1180, Austria
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Interests: citizen science; ecology; road ecology; crowdsourcing; biodiversity research; agroecology
Guest Editor
Dr. Steffen Fritz

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria
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Interests: citizen science, earth observation; crowdsourcing; volunteer geographical information; food security; land use science; global and regional vegetation monitoring; serious gaming; SDG monitoring and implementation
Guest Editor
Mr. Daniel Dörler

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
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Interests: citizen science; ecology; invasion biology; zoology; biodiversity; crowdsourcing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to discuss the role citizen science (CS) can play in monitoring and implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/). As an example, the Stockholm Environment Institute has stated in its discussion brief (https://mediamanager.sei.org/documents/Publications/SEI-2017-PB-citizen-science-sdgs.pdf) that citizen science can contribute to defining targets and metrics on different levels, monitoring progress and implementing action. In particular, citizen science projects can play an important role in providing the data needed to monitor progress towards the SDGs. Moreover, citizen science can facilitate the implementation of the SDGs and become an integral part of social innovation, transformation, and behavioural change.

We envisage this Special Issue becoming a cornerstone of the scientific literature, which illustrates the potential of citizen science in the SDG process. We are interested in receiving papers from all disciplines which illustrate via case studies and existing projects how CS contributes to achieving the SDGs on a local, regional, and national level. We also welcome contributions which outline the future potential of CS and the role it can play in reaching the SDGs. We are furthermore interested in contributions which showcase the link of CS and the potential of integrating it with other traditional and non-traditional data sources such as earth observation and big data in general. 

We invite you to contribute to this issue by submitting research articles or comprehensive reviews in various fields. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

Dr. Florian Heigl
Dr. Steffen Fritz
Mr. Daniel Dörler
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • public participation in science
  • co-creation
  • co-design
  • citizen science
  • sustainable development goals
  • transdisciplinarity

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