UGC publishes CARE list of journals on its website

ST Correspondent
Friday, 21 June 2019

Step taken to deter academic misconduct and plagiarism

Pune: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has published the list of journals to be referred from Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) forum. Hereafter, higher educational institutes have to follow the UGC CARE list of journals for academic purpose, directed the UGC.

The list is available on the UGC website.

In a bid to ensure prevention of academic misconduct including plagiarism in academic writing among students, faculty, researchers and staff, the consortium has been established after the long debate over increased incidence of compromised publication ethics and deteriorating academic integrity which contaminated all domains of research.

Last year, a team led by now UGC Vice-Chairman Bhushan Patwardhan, who was then head of Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and Bioprospecting laboratory at SPPU, had found out that around 88 per cent of journals of 1,009 journals mentioned in UGC approved journal list were bogus and dubious. Following which, the UGC had then decided to form a CARE team, which will recommend and approve good quality journals for academic purposes.

It was also observed that in India, the percentage of research articles published in predatory journals is high. Unethical practices leading to ‘pay and publish trash’ culture also came forth, to which the UGC felt the need for it to be thwarted immediately. 

UGC stated that the Indian academic community needs to ensure that the journals/conferences they choose to publish follow standard ethical policies. For this purpose, the UGC has set up a CARE to identify, continuously monitor and maintain ‘UGC-CARE Reference List of Quality Journals’ across disciplines. UGC has directed all higher educational institutes to follow research publications only from journals indexed in UGC-CARE list for all academic purposes with immediate effect.

The Commission also firmly directed vice-chancellors, selection committees, research supervisors and guides involved in academic evaluation and assessment to ensure that their decisions are primarily based on the quality of research work and not merely on the number of publications. 

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