Union Minister for HRD Prakash Javadekar, in a reply to a starred question in Lok Sabha, today said that UGC has addressed the problem of predatory and sub-standard journals claiming to publish scholarly articles. Accordingly, the Standing Committee of UGC on notification of journals has been constituted which, after due verification, has removed 4102 substandard journals. UGC currently recognises only the following categories of academic journals:
Journals indexed in Web of Science or Scopus
Journals recommend by the Standing Committee and Language Committee – suggested by experts primarily in the field of languages
Journals recommended by Universities
He further said that in order to stop predatory and sub-standard journals to be published, the Ministry has asked Universities to review the adaptation before the final recommendation for a journal to the Ministry.
While talking about plagiarism the Minister said that all universities have been asked to scan all submitted thesis through software so that plagiarism gets exposed. He further said that beside these two steps Ministry has revised the Academic Performance Indicators (API) for promotion of college teachers where College teachers will no longer be bound to pursue research but it will remain mandatory for university teachers.
The purpose of this step is to engage teacher more in teaching and community activities rather than research activities. The Minister said that all three steps together will end the menace of predatory journals.