Review Policy

ORYZA follows a strong peer review policy. Submission of a manuscript doesn’t guarantee its publication. The submitted manuscript undergoes strict peer review. The manuscript may be accepted / rejected based on the merit of the manuscript. 

             The Editorial Board of ORYZA is responsible for taking a decision on whether the article submitted to the journal is to be published or not. The members have complete discretion to reject/accept an article based on reviewer’s comments and author’s response.


Initial manuscript evaluation

After submission, each manuscript is checked for plagiarism (as detailed in plagiarism policy of the Journal) in the technical section, and evaluated carefully to determine if it fits the aims and scope of the journal.Those manuscripts that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to Editor-in-Chief (EIC). EIC based on the subject assigns the article to the concerned Sectional Editor.

Type of Peer Review

Oryza employs double blind reviewing, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the process.Reviewers help determine the rationality,significance and originality of the work,and can suggest improvements to the manuscript. The Sectional Editors scrutinize the manuscript and recommend for acceptance/rejection.

Referee reports

Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

ü  Is original

ü  Is methodologically sound

ü  Follows appropriate ethical guidelines

ü  Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions

ü  Correctly references previous relevant work


On their endorsement, editors will accept or accept with minor/major revisions, or reject the manuscript. If the reviewer recommends for minor/major revision, the paper is send back to authors for the necessary revision. If the author agrees to revise the manuscript, they are encouraged to give the reply or rebuttal point by point and submit the revision. The editor may again send the revised manuscript to the same reviewer or if required the same can be send to another reviewer for taking a decision on the suitability of the manuscript for publication.


Final report

A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include the comments by the referees.

Editor’s Decision is final

Finally the editorial board is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

After acceptance the article is transferred to production division. As soon as the article has been typeset, author will receive an email with a PDF attachment of the article for further corrections, if any.

Becoming a Referee for ORYZA

If you are not currently a referee for ORYZA but would like to be added to the list of referees for this title, please contact the Editor:

Dr. A. K. Nayak, FNAAS

Editor - in – Chief


Association of Rice Research Workers,

ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha, India



The benefits of refereeing for ORYZA include the opportunity to see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage. You may also be able to cite your work for ORYZA as part of your professional development requirements for various Professional Societies and Organisations.