Ethics policy

Our publication ethics and malpractice statement is based on the guidelines for journal editors developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Our journal considers the manuscripts for evaluation entirely on the basis of their scientific content. Best possible efforts are taken to maintain the highest standards for publication ethics and prevent malpractices at any end. Authors submitting papers to ORYZA need to declare that “their work is original and unpublished and is not under consideration for publication anywhere else”. The authors also need to confirm that the manuscript submitted by them is based on original and has not been copied or plagiarized, even in part, from the other works/publications available in public domain in any form. Even if the works of others have been used the same has been appropriately cited or quoted without any copyright violation. The authors also need to declare that there is no conflict of interest and all the authors of paper have agreed to the content published. Affiliation of all the authors involved in the paper needs to be mentioned.
Duties / Responsibilities of   Editors:

The Editorial Board of ORYZA is responsible for taking a decision whether the articles submitted to the journal is to be published. The members have complete discretion to reject/accept an article based on reviewer’s comments and author’s response. The sectional editors in consultation with the Chief Editor of the journal will assign the peer reviewing work to qualified reviewers who are expert in that particular area. The manuscripts are evaluated on the basis of their scholarly and intellectual content without having regard to the nature of the authors or the institution including gender, race, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The Editorial Board strictly follows policy of fair play in its editorial evaluation and ensures absence of conflict of interest with respect to the articles which are accepted/ rejected. All the members of Editorial Board follow strict confidentiality and are committed not to disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers and the Chief Editor. While sending the papers for reviewing, the author names and affiliations are deleted from the manuscript to ensure blind reviewing. We also encourage the authors to respond freely about the issues raised during the process of reviewing while ensuring the anonymity of the reviewers.

Duties / Responsibilities of Editorial Board/ Reviewers:

All the Editorial decisions with regard to submitted manuscripts are based on blind peer reviewing. The reviewers are expected to maintain absolute confidentiality with regard to the contents of manuscripts. The reviews are carried out objectively and the referees are expected to express their views clearly with specific suggestions for modification. The reviewers are expected to avoid any conflict of interest (competitive, collaborative or other relationship) with the authors and the subject matter of the research in voluntary manner. The reviewers will identify the appropriate and optimum citation requirements of the papers over and above those cited by authors. If any similarities/overlaps with other published documents are identified by reviewer that should be informed to the editorial board. Reviewers are also free to use any plagiarism detection software at their disposal. The information or ideas obtained through peer review are of a privileged nature and must be kept confidential and not to be used for personal advantage of reviewers or members of editorial board.


Duties/ Responsibilities of the Authors

It is responsibility of all the authors of the paper to ensure that the submitted manuscript is an accurate presentation of the original research work based on authentically and lawfully acquired data and their appropriate analysis. The discussion and conclusions should be based on the findings of the research work and the publication has not been submitted or published elsewhere. They should properly cite the details of the literature and references mentioned in the manuscript. Making false and inaccurate statement constitutes unethical behavior and is unacceptable. All the extant copyright laws and related international conventions are required to be followed judiciously and copyright protected materials should be reproduced with due permission and acknowledgement. Editorial board is not responsible for any such violations. Authors should strictly avoid submission of duplicate manuscripts with minor changes in more than one journal. It is expected that all the authors have made significant intellectual contribution to the research work reported in the paper. Others who have provided any physical or material support for the work reported in the paper may be acknowledged. The affiliation of all authors needs to be clearly indicated. The corresponding author of the paper must ensure that the submitted version of the paper is approved by all co-authors included in the paper, and they are agreed to its submission for publication. The agency/ agencies providing the financial support for the work must be acknowledged. At any point of time, if any error is detected in the manuscript by the authors, it must be published as “ERRATUM”. If any complains is received by the journal after publication, authors should address the complain at their end through the editorial board.

ORYZA publishes report of results of research work carried out by the authors. Mention of a proprietary product, commercial formulation, pesticide, variety etc.  in any published paper does not at any point of time stands as recommendations/ endorsement by the ARRW for its use in any form. It will be solely the discretion and judgment of the user to take any decision to use it at their end. Use of registered trade names/ trademarks etc. solely reflects the individual views of the authors and official view of the ARRW. The ARRW/ ORYZA cannot be held responsible for the contents of the paper or its correctness/completeness or the conclusion reported in the articles by the authors.