Frequently Asked Questions

What is "UGC-CARE List" of Journals?

The UGC-CARE List is a UGC-CARE Reference List of Quality Journals that comprises of the following four groups:

  • Group A: Research journals from all disciplines indexed in Scopus (Source list) or Web of Science (Arts and Humanities Citation Index Source Publication, Science Citation Index Expanded Source Publication, Social Science Citation Index Source Publication).
  • Group B: Journals from the previously “UGC-Approved List” which are qualified as per the analysis protocols.
  • Group C: Journals from all disciplines recommended by UGC-CARE Council members, which are qualified as per the analysis protocols.
  • Group D: Journals from all disciplines and languages submitted by UGC-CARE Universities, which are qualified as per the analysis protocols.

What are predatory / dubious / questionable journals?

The term "predatory journal" or "predatory publisher" describes unscrupulous open access journals or publishers who publish articles on payment but with little or no real peer review. Predatory open access publishers exploit business model of open-access publishing that involves charging publication fees from authors without following the editorial and publishing policies and services associated with legitimate journals.

How often UGC-CARE List is updated?

UGC-CARE List is updated quarterly i.e. on first of March, June, September and December (or on the next working day if there is a public holiday on these dates) every year.

Where one can find UGC-CARE List?

The UGC-CARE List is available on the website http://ugccare.unipune.ac.in

Who can recommend journals for inclusion in the UGC-CARE List?

Anyone can recommend journal/s, whether Indian or foreign, for inclusion in the UGC-CARE List, by following the proper submission process available at http://ugccare.unipune.ac.in

How can publishers add their journal(s) to UGC-CARE List?

Publishers can submit journal information through IQAC Cell of affiliated college / IQAC cell of the university in prescribed format with the recommendation of Teaching Faculty along with the duly signed declaration form.

What is the status of the previously “Approved List of journals” by the UGC?

The previously “UGC-Approved List of Journals” (Group B) has been evaluated by the “UGC Cell for Journal Analysis”. Journals that qualified after analysis, as per the protocols are included in the UGC-CARE List. The journals not included in the list shall not be automatically considered for revaluation. They have to be sent for inclusion, following the proper submission process available at the UGC-CARE website.

What is the status of the research papers published before the UGC-CARE List?

Please refer to the public notification of the UGC dated 14th June 2019 (point 2 and 3) available on the UGC-CARE website.

Why journal/s recommended by colleges / universities are not included in the UGC-CARE List?

Following could be the reasons for non-inclusion:
  a. The journal/s might not have been received through the IQAC centre of particular university.
  b. Journal/s might not be fulfilling the qualifying protocols.

How corrections can be made in the UGC-CARE List?

Any type of corrections / discrepancies about the journal information in the UGC-CARE List can be communicated through the feedback form available on the UGC-CARE website.

How to submit complaint/s about a journal in the UGC-CARE List?

The UGC-CARE List is dynamic. The complaints/grievances regarding journal entries in the UGC-CARE List can be submitted through the grievance option available on the UGC-CARE website. No form for new submission for the journals will be entertained, if it comes through grievance option. These forms will have to be sent strictly through proper submission process .

Why I am not finding the journal/s in the subject area that I am looking for?

The UGC-CARE List of journals is classified according to All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes, which are created and maintained by Scopus (Elsevier Science). That could be the reason for not finding the journal(s) on the subject area one is looking for.

Whether journals indexed in credible database are part of the UGC-CARE List?

Only journals indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database shall automatically be the part of the of UGC-CARE List (Group A). No other journals indexed in any other database are included in the UGC-CARE List unless qualified according to the protocols set by the UGC-CARE.

What is the status of journals indexed in Web of Science or Scopus database in the UGC-CARE list?

Any journal indexed in Web of Science or Scopus database shall automatically be the part of the of UGC-CARE List (Group A). There is no need to submit it for inclusion into UGC-CARE List.

How to search the journals indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database on the UGC-CARE website?

One cannot search journals indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database directly on the UGC-CARE website but separate links to these databases are provided under group A of the UGC-CARE List.

Are journals included in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) of Web of Science included in the UGC-CARE List?

Journals included in ESCI are not part of the UGC-CARE List. As and when these journals are included in the Web of Science source publications (Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Social Science Citation Index (SSC)), then, they will be automatically become the part of the UGC-CARE List under Group A.

If the journal is included in the UGC-CARE List, whether this information can be shared on the website of the journal?

NO. The information cannot be made available on the journal’s website but it can be shared through E-mail.

Which are the states covered by a particular UGC-CARE University?

Four UGC-CARE universities and their corresponding states are as per the following table

Zone Address
East Zone Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal
West Zone Chhattisgarh, Dadara and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra
South Zone Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana
North Zone Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand