Journal Policies

Open Access

Journal of University Grants Commission is an open access publication with the objective of disseminating of research articles to a global community. Journal articles can be accessed by anyone with internet connection. Abstracts and full texts of all articles published are freely accessible to everyone immediately after the publication. 

Creative commons

All articles published in JUGC are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits anyone to copy, redistribute, transmit, and adopt to a work provided that the original work has properly been acknowledged and cited.

Publication Ethics

JUGC adheres to the universally accepted and practiced standard guidelines of research and publication ethics initiated by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The following constitutes the violation of research and publication ethics.

Plagiarism: to steal, pass off, or use of another’s work without crediting the source in any form; summarizing or paraphrasing the original source with significant overlapping of the source language.

Falsification and Fabrication: to manipulate, falsify or fabricate data in a manuscript

Multiple submission and duplication: to submit the same work in multiple publication outlets; to submit a work with same data in such a manner that there is no substantial difference in manuscripts.

Citation manipulation: a manuscript must contain relevant citations and any inclusion of citations that are irrelevant to the work is considered citation manipulation and it should be avoided. Irrelevant self-citation to increase the citation is also considered manipulation of citation.

Image manipulation: features of a specific image should not be enhanced, obscured, altered, or introduced; non-linear adjustment or deleting of portion of an image should be disclosed; construction of images with different angels, plains, exposures are not acceptable.

Human rights, Privacy, and Confidentiality: Researches that involve human subjects must adhere to Helsinki protocol; essential identifying information may be disclosed with a written consent of the informants; non-essential identifying information must be avoided. Information included in the manuscript should not violate the person’s privacy rights and confidentiality. Researches that involve human subjects must obtain ethical clearance certification from the concerned International Research Bureau (IRB)

Peer Review

JUGC adopts a rigorous peer review system to ensure the quality of a research article. All submitted articles undergo double-blind peer review process. Publication decision are strictly based on the reviews of the articles.

Editorial Policies

JUGC adheres to the following general editorial policies:

Authorship: an author is an individual who has significantly contributed to the development of the manuscript. JUGC adopts ICMJE’s definition of authorship based on the following:

  • substantial contributions to the conception or design of the intellectual content or acquisition, analysis, and interpretation
  • drafting the work or revising it for important intellectual content
  • final approval for the version to be published
  • agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work

Acknowledgement: individuals who contributed for the development of manuscript but do not qualify to be an author should be acknowledged; institutions or organizations that provided support in terms of fund or other resources should be acknowledged.

Changes in authorship: should a need arise for the changes in authorship of a manuscript or a published article, the changes will be made as per COPE specification. Only corresponding authors can request for changes in authorship.

Submission of manuscript: Authors should follow the guidelines for submission (hyperlink). All authors should approve the final version before submission; Declaration of conflict of interest should be stated in the manuscript.

Conflict of Interest: Conflict of interest (COI) “exists when there is a divergence between an individual’s private interests and his or her responsibility to scientific and publishing activities such that a reasonable observer might wonder if the individual’s behavior or judgment was motivated by considerations of his or her competing interests” (WAME) 

Authors should state all financial/ relevant interest that may have influenced the manuscript; reviewers should disclose any conflict of interest and if necessary, decline to review the article.

Confidentiality: JUGC treats submitted manuscript as a confidential material and does not disclose the manuscript to any except individuals who are involved in the processing of manuscript for publication.

Corrections and retraction of articles: corrections may be made to a published article with the authorization of the journal editors. Retraction of articles will be done as per COPE retraction guidelines