UGC comes up with a list of more than 38,000 approved journals! Find the list

New Delhi:  The long-time demand of teaching community and other stakeholders have been fulfilled as far as complete database of notified journals, which is used as a benchmark for Career Advancement Scheme (CAS), Direct Recruitment of Teachers and  research and allied activities in the field of higher education. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has finally released an Approved List of Journals that would be considered for the purpose of Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) and Direct Recruitment of Teachers and other academic staff.

The direct recruitment of teachers & other academic staff and Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) is carried out as the UGC (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) (4th Amendment), Regulations, 2016.


The UGC-Approved List of Journals has more than 38,000 journals. The list is broadly divided into three categories:  Science, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

The UGC Approved List of Journal is available as a web-based database with search and browse interface at: 

Jaspal S. Sandhu, UGC secretary, said in a letter addressed to vice-chancellors of all universities that the UGC has approved a list of 38,653 journals that are indexed in Web of Science, Scopus and Indian Citation Index. Besides this, journals covered in a selected indexing and abstracting services have been added to the UGC Approved List of Journals. “Universities can recommend inclusion of additional peer-reviewed journals that are not listed in the existing UGC List of Approved Journals through a University-Level Academic Journal Expert Committee,” informed Jaspal Sandhu.

The Standing Committee on notification of journals has devised a checklist that is to be filled on-line for each journal recommended for inclusion in the UGC Approved List of Journals. The web-based checklist would be accessible to the Chairman, University Level Academic Journal Expert Committee or his nominees once he/she registers himself/herself at

 The UGC informed that universities are requested to make use of this provision if so desired and recommend additional peer-reviewed journals to be included in the UGC Approved List of Journals following approval by the UGC Standing Committee.

The recommendations may be uploaded on the UGC website by 15 May 2017 for the consideration of the UGC.

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