This is to alert all the stakeholders that a few fake websites, imposing as CARE website, have come to our notice. All the stakeholders are advised to be careful and avoid falling prey to these potentially predatory websites. Anybody still following such websites may do so solely at his/her own risk and consequences, and in no manner whatsoever, will the UGC be responsible for the same.

WORLD VIEW: Nature, 571, 7, 02 July 2019

Why India strikes back against predatory journals
Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice-Chairman, UGC


UGC-CARE Public notice : 14th June 2019


The “Quality Mandate” of the University Grants Commission (UGC) emphasizes importance of promoting research of high quality by Indian academia. Therefore, the UGC has issued a public notice on 28th November, 2018 in regards to setting up of a Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE).

UGC-CARE- The Mandate

  • To promote quality research, academic integrity and publication ethics in Indian universities
  • To promote high quality publications in reputed journals that would help in achieving higher global ranks
  • To develop an approach and methodology for identification of good quality journals
  • To prevent publications in predatory/ dubious / sub-standard journals, which reflect adversely and tarnish the image of Indian academia
  • To create and maintain a “UGC-CARE Reference List of Quality Journals” for all academic purposes

The credibility of research publications is extremely important because it represents the academic image of not just an individual, but of the institution and the nation as well. The number of research articles published in reputed journals, is one of the globally-accepted indicators considered for various academic purposes including institutional ranking, appointments and promotions of faculty members, and award of research degrees. Publications in dubious / sub-standard journals reflect adversely leading to long-term academic damage and a tarnished image. The problem of predatory / dubious / sub-standard journals has become a cause of serious concern all over the world. The percentage of research articles published in poor quality journals is reported to be high in India, which has adversely affected its image. To improve this situation, UGC-CARE has taken up the responsibility of preparing “UGC-CARE Reference List of Quality Journals” (Henceforth referred as "UGC-CARE List").

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) are accepted globally as quality journals and are considered for all academic purposes. The UGC-CARE List, therefore, includes journals indexed in Scopus and / or Web of Science.

Apart from these, a list of Indian journals, especially from disciplines of Arts, Humanities, Languages, Culture and Indian Knowledge Systems, needs to be prepared. For this purpose, the UGC-CARE has established an Empowered Committee (EC) to create and maintain the UGC-CARE List.

The EC comprises representatives of Statutory Councils / Academies/ Government bodies in Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts and Fine Arts, Science, Medical, Agriculture, Engineering and the Association of Indian Universities (henceforth named as UGC-CARE members) and Regional Universities identified by the UGC (henceforth named as UGC-CARE Universities). The UGC has entrusted the responsibility of journal analysis to the Centre for Publication Ethics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune for creating and maintaining the UGC-CARE List.

UGC-CARE Council members

UGC-CARE councils include relevant Government Statutory Councils and Academic Bodies from multiple disciplines.

UGC-CARE Universities

UGC Cell for Journal Analysis

UGC has established a “Cell for Journals Analysis” at SPPU, Pune (UGC Cell, SPPU) under the Centre for Publication Ethics (CPE), Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) to create and maintain the UGC-CARE List under the supervision of UGC-CARE Empowered Committee (UGC-CARE EC).


INFLIBNET Centre, Gandhinagar, is serving as a supporting agency.


The journals submitted by UGC-CARE Council Members and UGC-CARE Universities shall be analysed by the UGC Cell at SPPU as per the protocol for journal analysis approved by UGC-CARE EC. The UGC-CARE List shall comprise of 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). No further analysis of these journals shall be done by UGC Cell and all such journals shall be included in the UGC-CARE List.

Group B : Journals from the previous "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.

Updation of UGC-CARE List

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

Note: If any good quality journal is missing, it may be submitted by following the prescribed submission process. If any undeserved journal is found anywhere in the List, it may kindly be reported through the grievance option available on the UGC-CARE website.