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UGC releases list of journals that will be used to evaluate researchers’ work

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has published a list of more than 38,000 journals that it will use to evaluate researchers’ work in an attempt to crackdown on the number of subpar studies entering academic literature.

The journals span a wide variety of fields, covering areas such as engineering, agriculture, medicine, humanities and social sciences, environment, business and ecology, reports The Hindu.

For papers published in these journals, researchers in India will be able to earn points that count toward their academic performance indicators (APIs), which are utilized in promotion evaluations, among other things, reports The Scientist.

According to Virander S Chauhan, a biologist and former UGC Director who headed up the committee that finalized the journal selection, the list is subject to change “per inputs and advice from the stakeholders.”

Last year, the Medical Council of India (MCI) announced a requirement that researchers publish a minimum of four papers to become an associate professor, and eight to become a full professor.

The move was prompted by an April 2016 study, which found that more than 50 percent of medical institutions and hospitals in India hadn’t published a single academic paper between 2005 and 2014.

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