UGC's 'preferred' journals are still predatory?

In January 2017, the University Grants Commission of India released a list of 38,635 Journals that it considers 'genuine' and hence articles published only in these journals will be used for academic performance evaluation.

The last list published was scattered across 5 scanned pdf documents. It was almost impossible to search. The Wire published an analysis of these Journals and found at least 35 of them Predatory

I did an independent analysis and found only 25. The differing numbers arise from the simple fact that those PDFs are hard to parse.

The good news is that UGC re-released the list in text format on April 14th, 2017. However, the bad news is there are as many as 82 journals that overlap with Jeffrey Beall's list now. There probably could be more, since here I just check for an exact match (case-sensitive, equal spaces etc.)

All the data and scripts are hosted here

In [1]:
import pandas as pd
from fuzzywuzzy import fuzz
from fuzzywuzzy import process
pd.set_option('display.max_colwidth', -1)
pd.set_option('display.max_columns', None)
pd.set_option('display.max_rows', None)
In [2]:
with open('Beall_list_dec2016.txt') as f:
    beall_list_dec = [x.strip() for x in f.readlines()]
df = pd.read_csv('UGC_Journal_list_2017.csv')
In [3]:
exact_matches = pd.DataFrame({'Journals': list(set(df.Title).intersection(beall_list_dec))})
#fuzzy_matches = [process.extractOne(x, beall_list_dec) for x in set(df.Title)]
In [4]:
0 Aging
1 International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research
2 Journal of Electrical Engineering
3 Sport Science
4 Global Media Journal
5 International Journal of Health Research
6 Romanian Biotechnological Letters
7 International Journal of Current Pharmaceutical Review and Research
8 Pharmacie Globale: International Journal of Comprehensive Pharmacy
9 Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology
10 European Journal of Science and Theology
11 Clinics in Oncology
12 International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Phytopharmacological Research
13 Mathematical and Computational Applications
14 Journal of Language and Literature
15 Interdisciplinary Toxicology
16 International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
17 Journal of Computers
18 Bionano Frontier
19 Journal of Materials and Environmental Science
20 Technics Technologies Education Management
21 International Journal of Drug Development and Research
22 Australasian Medical Journal
23 Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences
24 Journal of Pharmacy Research
25 Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology
26 African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
27 Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research
28 Indian Journal of Scientific Research
29 International Archives of Medicine
30 International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research
31 Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science
32 Journal of Psychology and Theology
33 International Research Journal of Pharmacy
34 Actual Problems of Economics
35 Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Health Care
36 Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
37 Journal of Environmental Biology
38 International Research Journal of Finance and Economics
39 Der Pharma Chemica
40 Genetics and Molecular Research
41 Journal of Natural Products
42 International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical Research
43 International Journal of Biomedical Science
44 International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
45 European Journal of Social Sciences
46 European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences
47 International Journal of Pharmacognosy
48 Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
49 International Journal of Electrochemical Science
50 World Applied Sciences Journal
51 International Journal of Engineering and Technology
52 Current Botany
53 Oncoscience
54 International Journal of Communication Networks and Information Security
55 Journal of Clinical and Analytical Medicine
56 Oncotarget
57 European Journal of Scientific Research
58 International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research
59 Journal of Applied Linguistics
60 International Journal of Computer Science Issues
61 Journal of Physical Therapy Science
62 International Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
63 Journal of Environmental Hydrology
64 Biosciences, Biotechnology Research Asia
65 National Journal of Community Medicine
66 International Journal of Applied Research in Natural Products
67 Scholarly Research Exchange
68 Journal of Software
69 Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease
70 Al Ameen Journal of Medical Sciences
71 Asian Journal of Chemistry
72 International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
73 International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences
74 Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
75 Bioscience Discovery
76 International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Development
77 International Journal of Network Security
78 International Journal of Toxicological and Pharmacological Research
79 International Journal of Current Research and Review
80 International Journal of Renewable Energy Research
81 Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology
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