UGC CARE Journal Selection Guidelines



Every title submitted by UGC-CARE Council members and UGC-CARE Universities, will be analyzed by the UGC Cell at SPPU, as per the protocols for journal analysis approved by the Empowered Committee of UGC-CARE,

A stringent methodology would be used for analysing new titles. It consists of three parts:

  • UGC-CARE Protocol Part I: Basic information
  • UGC-CARE Protocol Part II: Primary Criteria
  • UGC-CARE Protocol Part III: Secondary Criteria

Part I of the analysis protocol is designed to obtain basic information about the journal (given below) from universities/ colleges/ individuals or publishers

  1. Journal title
  2. Journal broad discipline and focus subject
  3. Name of publisher
  4. Country of origin and registered address
  5. Journal language/s
  6. Publishing frequency
  7. Editor name, editorial office address, phone, email and website
  8. Current status (date of last publication) (print/ online/ both)
  9. ISSN/ eISSN
  10. Other registrations/ memberships such as RNI/ COPE/ UGC-CARE

Part II and III of the protocol are to be used for internal analysis and assessment purpose, which includes due diligence, verification process and critical appraisal using sequential algorithmic elimination process and weightage-based metrics on a scale of 10.

The objective assessment of the quality of any journal as per Part II and III of the protocol is based on verification of information regarding its history, consistency, peer recognition, market reputation, academic credentials of the editors, peer review process, indexing, citations, charges/ fees and related financial matters, etc. The information required for journal analysis as per Part II and Part III sections of the protocol shall be obtained directly from public domain (website, flyers, advertisements, hard copies of the journal in libraries etc). The journal can be disqualified at any stage if found to be giving false/ misleading/ incorrect/ insufficient information or unsubstantiated claims.