University Grants Commission (UGC) will form an association of academic institutions which will be assigned with the responsibility of preparing a list of credible quality journals to replace existing UGC's list of journals. The reason to form the association is due to the proliferation of the substandard academic journals in the country.
It was decided by UGC in a meeting that was organized on 14th November 2018 to form a body for the same and name it as CARE - Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics.
According to the commission, the problem of dubious substandard journals is a major concern all over the globe. The amount of research articles and papers published in poor quality journals is very high in India as compared to other countries.
The CARE will primarily focus on examining the journals, and to compile a list of journals for Indian Knowledge system, arts, science, humanities, language, arts, etc. The body will also create a process for the submission of papers to the new journal list.
All the proposals will be analyzed following a protocol by a special cell and will be recommended to CARE if they are found appropriate.
UGC is responsible for establishing high-quality academic standards and to make sure that they are followed. The main problem faced by the commission is the poor quality journals which publish academic papers with no peer review. This has affected the image of Indian research in the world especially in the field of arts and humanities. More than 88% of the approved list of journals by the UGC were not reliable.