The UGC is expected to respond in June.
Reports of unethical practices in publishing of research papers, leading to an increase in the number of predatory, dubious and low-quality journals have been surfacing over the years, which was why the study was initiated,Patwardhan said.
UGC has admitted that it received several complaints about the inclusion of low-quality journals soon after the release of its approved list of journals on June 2, If they are not bothered then how can any regulation improve quality?
Move on. But the natural sciences and the life sciences in particular are not on the fast-track. Out of the 1, journals studied, were disqualified from the UGC- approved list of journals by the human resource development ministry for providing false information such as an incorrect ISSN International Standard Serial Numbermaking false claims about the impact getting published in their pages would have, indexing in dubious databases, poor credentials of editors and non-availability of information such as an address, website details and names of editors.
According to current UGC regulations, a PhD student is required to publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal before thesis submission.
The publications can come in due course, or not," Prof. This must change, bottom-up and top-down. Engineering, the ecological sciences, the humanities each have their own timelines.
But last year, the UGC appointed a committee of researchers from the sciences and humanities to examine this requirement, among others.
The Indian government has previously promised to crack down on predatory publishers. Papers published in the disqualified journals will not be considered valid. Balaram thinks that institutes awarding PhDs should be held responsible for maintaining academic standards.