Responsibility to analyse journals given to SPPU

Pranita Roy
Friday, 18 January 2019

“Last year, an expert team led by Bhushan Patwardhan, former Head of Center for Complementary and Integrative, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, in a report, revealed that 80 per cent journals on the UGC journal list are bogus." said SPPU Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar.

PUNE: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has entrusted Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) with the responsibility of journal analysis under the aegis of Consortium Academics and Research Ethics (CARE). 

It was earlier reported by Sakal Times that to prevent publication of dubious journals and set uniform parameters to maintain quality of academic research papers, the UGC has recommended setting up of CARE. “Last year, an expert team led by Bhushan Patwardhan, former Head of Center for Complementary and Integrative, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, in a report, revealed that 80 per cent journals on the UGC journal list are bogus. Apart from this, the university has at times voluntarily conducted a survey and analyses of journals and found that  they lacked quality content. These reports were submitted to the UGC and the commission has bestowed trust on our readiness to strengthen research and journal’s qualities in India,” said SPPU Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar.

The university has already set up CARE on its premises. “We are proud that UGC has selected us for this work. Around 12 or more experts from various fields will be working as research assistants and will collect the data of journals and analyse. It will be then presented to a team of scientists who will  review them,” he said.

INFLIBNET centre, Ahmedabad will serve as supporting agency, while to facilitate submission of new journals, the UGC has identified four regional universities as CARE universities; Jawaharlal Nehru University (north), Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (west), University of Hyderabad (south) and Tezpur University, Assam (east). Candidates will have to submit the proposals of journals for consideration of inclusion in CARE list to CARE universities.

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