Discovering Journals on the UGC-CARE List: A Guide

What is UGC-CARE Approved Journals?

The University Grants Commission - Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (UGC-CARE) is an initiative in India that curates and maintains a list of recognized academic journals across various disciplines. The UGC-CARE Journal List serves as a valuable resource for academic institutions, researchers, and scholars in the country, helping them identify reputable journals for publishing their research work. The list is periodically updated to reflect changes in the academic publishing landscape and includes journals that meet specific quality criteria set by UGC-CARE.
Researchers and institutions often refer to the UGC-CARE Journal List to determine whether a particular journal is eligible for publications, promotions, or other academic purposes. It is essential to consult the latest version of the list, as it may change from year to year, and journals may be added or removed based on their quality and relevance to academic research.

What is UGC CARE List of Journals?

The UGC-CARE list is a list of journals that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved. The UGC established the Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) to identify, monitor, and maintain a list of quality journals across disciplines. The UGC-CARE list is divided into two groups, Group I and Group II. The list is classified into four categories based on All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes:
   Social Sciences
   Arts and Humanities
The UGC-CARE list was established to promote quality research, academic integrity, and publication. The UGC-CARE list includes all Scopus indexed and WoS indexed journals. However, it is generally considered that Scopus indexed journals are better than the UGC CARE listed journals.

UGC CARE List – Group Wise Info!

University Grant Commission comprises the UGC CARE List 2021 in two main groups; Group-I and Group-II (previously there were four groups (A, B, C & D)).
The journals submitted by Council Members and Universities would be analysed by the UGC Cell.
You can check the UGC CARE List 2021 group details from below.
   UGC CARE List Group I: Journals found qualified through UGC-CARE protocols.
   UGC CARE List Group II: Journals indexed in globally recognized databases.

UGC CARE Journal List Group I:
In this 2021 list, the journals are classified into 5 major subjects in which a total of 1456 journals are included. You can check the subject wise UGC Approved Journals 2021 from the table given below :
Subject Total UGC Approved Journals 2021
Sciences 422
Social Sciences 347
Arts & Humanities 383
Multidisciplinary 56
Indian Languages 248

Reasons to setup UGC-CARE list

Core reasons to setup UGC-CARE are well explained below:
   To promote only quality research, academic integrity and publication ethics in all Indian Universities.
   For promoting high-quality publications in reputed journals to achieve higher global ranks.
   To prevent publications in dubious/predatory/sub-standard journals that reflects adversely and tarnish the Indian academia image.
   To maintain the UGC-CARE List of Quality Journals for all academic purposes.


UGC-Care has divided whole list of journals into four main groups which are explained here:
   Group A: Research Journals from all disciplines which are 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: UGC Care List of Journals from the previous list which is qualified as per the analysis protocols.
   Group C: Recommended journals by UGC-CARE Council members from all disciplines which are qualified as per the analysis protocols.
   Group D: Journals submitted by UGC-CARE Universities for all disciplines and languages which are qualified as per the analysis protocols.

How to Check UGC Approved Journal? Complete Procedure

Below, we have provided the procedure that can help you to get existing UGC CARE List Journals along with new journals approved by CARE-EC.
   Step 1: Visit the official website of UGC CARE i.e.
   Step 2: Register yourself by submitting the required details and create a password carefully.
   Step 3: Log in to the website by using your email id and password.
   Step 4: Now, you can search for the journals that are categorized in Group I & II, as mentioned above.

Alert cloned journal

The UGC-CARE list has discontinued some journals due to a number of reasons, including:
   Low quality of content
   Lack of timely updates
   Failure to meet the standards set by UGC CARE
To check if a journal is cloned, you can check if it is indexed in a reputable academic database such as Scopus, Web of Science, or PubMed. If the journal is not indexed or is indexed in a suspicious or unknown database, it may be a cloned journal.
UGC care has received complaints about several journals which are not following the standard publishing practices. After scrutinizing these journals in accordance with UGC Care protocols, UGC has decide to remove these journals from UGC group. Please note that any publication in these journals will not be consider for any academic purpose.
UGC cell for journal analysis, centre of publication ethics (CPE) at SPPU Pune has been notified of cloned and online version of print only journals, the ISSN, title, logo etc. has been cloned.
Cloned list of Group I
Cloned list of Group II
The Journal found to be involved in unethical practices will be removed immediately.

Disclaimer: Our journal undergoes a rigorous peer-review and refereed journals. However, for indexing status and inclusion in databases such as UGC CARE, Scopus, or Web of Science, we recommend referring to the latest and updated lists available on their respective websites. The information provided here may become outdated and should be independently verified.

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