This is the one-of-a-kind consolidated effort by UGC to counter plagiarism in research in the country and bring in best practices.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday released a new guidance document for conducting academic research in the country, titled Good Academic Research Practices (GARP). The document is the first of its kind providing a general framework for enhancing research integrity by focusing on potential threats and best practices.
GARP was published by UGC in partnership with Clarivate's Web of Science and has indexed more than 34,000 journals. While e-releasing the document today Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, vice-chairman of the UGC said, “At the UGC, we felt that there is a need for a document outlining good academic research practices with focus on potential threats and promoting best practices in research. Good Academic Research Practices (GARP) will help bring in integrity in academic research in the country.”
The document addresses areas including how plagiarism, misrepresentation and fabrication can be checked. It would also guide the researchers about planning and designing their research subject and executing the work through proper documentation and protected data storage.
E-Launch of Guidance Document:Good Academic Research Practices on 29.09.2020 from 11:30 am onwards https://t.co/mxbRdwCQ6E— UGC INDIA (@ugc_india) September 29, 2020
GARP will also be the guiding light for the researchers when it comes to choosing the right journal for publication and would guide them from falling for the predatory journals. The document is designed to provide the right mentorship to the researchers so that India can produce quality research papers.
“This document should be a compulsory reading for the PhD applicants before they start on the PhD program. At least one credit course should be introduced in the very first year of the program so that the students understand what is right and what isn’t,” said Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar Vice-Chancellor Banaras Hindu University, who chaired the committee putting together the document, during the e-launch.
According to K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor of government of India, as the number of research conducted in the domain of science, technology, humanities and social science, grow in India every year, the country should take measures to ensure that good ethical practices are in place, which is currently a challenge across all research disciplines. This document will help create a strong foundation for research culture and integrity.
Corrigendum: The first version of this story inadvertently had a typographical error in the headline. The error is regretted.
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