In collaboration Iranian Medicinal Plants Society

Focus and Scope

 Torbat Heydarieh is the most important center in saffron cultivation and production in Khorasan Razavi province and Iran.  This city is famous for its Saffron lands. It has the first rank in the world for producing Saffron (Wikipedia). Saffron agronomy and technology is a peer review and open access journal publish by university of Torbat Heydarieh and Saffron Institute with associate Iranian Medicinal Plant Society as quarterly (4 issues per year). Journal of Saffron Agronomy and Technology is basically dedicated to promoting scholarly exchanges among professors, researchers, and students of different universities, and research institutes, focusing in particular on the exploration of cutting edge knowledge on saffron science and technology. The research papers of different fields of saffron science, e.g. Agriculture, basic science, medical properties, biotechnology, genetic and plant breeding, processing, food industry, phytochemical properties, economic, marketing and other related subjects to saffron are published in this journal for dissemination of the scientific knowledge and research.

The journal mission is development new findings and original papers about saffron in worldwide and movement toward indexed in international databases. The research papers of different fields of saffron science (e.g. the following list) are published in this journal for dissemination of the scientific knowledge and research.:

  • Agriculture
  • basic science
  • medical properties
  • biotechnology
  • genetic and plant breeding
  • processing
  • food industry
  • phytochemical properties
  • economic
  • marketing and other related subjects to saffron ...

Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

IJALEL uses double-blind system: the reviewers' identities remain anonymous to authors, while the reviewers can see authors' identities. The paper will be peer-reviewed by three experts; one is chief editor and the other two are internal editors and external reviewers. 

Peer Review / Responsibility for the Reviewers

As an editor or a reviewer you are requested to find out about the originality of the manuscript you are urged to review. Therefore, it is recommended that you also see the Author Guidelines and Polices page to see which points authors should take into consideration prior to submission of their papers for the publication.

Although reviewed articles are treated confidentially, reviewers’ judgments should be objective. Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders, and reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited. 

Editorial Responsibilities

Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article. Editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept, only accept a paper when reasonably certain, when errors are found, promote publication of correction or retraction,  and preserve anonymity of reviewers.

Review Guidelines

Saffron Agronomy and Technology highly appreciates their kind support by agreeing to review an article for our journal. Before they consent to evaluate any paper, the reviewers are requested to consider a number of points. First, if the paper is not in your area of research interest and expertise, please inform the editor and feel free to refuse to review it. Second, if you have no free time to evaluate the paper before the deadline, kindly inform the editor. Third, in case of any conflicts of interest, the reviewer’s acknowledgement can be very useful in our final decision. Therefore, if by any chance you have read the paper before or happen to know the authors, please inform the editor about this.

Kindly make sure you review the paper confidentially. Please avoid contacting the authors. In addition, should you feel the need to ask a third party for their comments, please make sure to inform the managing editor in advance.

Before they are sent to reviewers, all Saffron Agronomy and Technology papers are previewed by our editor(s)-in-chief. The papers are also checked for their originality using the turn-it-in/ithenticate software. However to our experience, there have been cases of plagiarism which the software has failed to detect. If you doubt the originality of any part(s) of the work you are reviewing, please inform the editor. In addition, if you suspect the accuracy or truth of any part(s) of the work under review, make sure to inform the editor about it.

Saffron Agronomy and Technologyreviewers are requested to evaluate the articles based on a number of evaluative criteria available in the review from including the clarity, quality, thoroughness, relevance, significance, and soundness of the works. The reviewers score each of these criteria based on the quality of the work. Reviewers may leave comments in the manuscript itself and in the review form. These comments are very valuable for the professional development of any authors and will unquestionably help them improve their work.

Reviewers may also add their comments in the second section of the Review Form. Having reviewed the paper, the reviewer is requested to make any of the following decisions:

  • Accept as it is
  • Accept with some minor or major corrections 
  • Revise and resubmit 
  • Reject

This decision should be based on the merits and demerits of the work under review.

IJASaffron Agronomy and Technology papers are proofread before they are published, and the reviewers are by no means obliged to correct or mark language errors or typos. However, if the reviewers detect such cases, they are most welcome to highlight them.

Saffron Agronomy and Technology corresponds with its reviewers only through email; therefore, you are requested to email your report and in-text comments (if any) to the IJALEL managing editor.

Reviewing is undoubtedly an invaluable and noble act that cannot be compensated by any means. However, IJALEL hopes to return this favour, at least in part, by occasional discounts for its reviewers if they wish to publish their works with us.

  • Reviewers are requested to review the Review Policy of the journal before reviewing any paper. 


Saffron Agronomy and Technology Managing Editor is not involved in editorials decisions.    

Publication Frequency

  • Saffron Agronomy and Technology is a Quarterly journal
  • Finalized papers might be available in advance access mode for readers.  

Open Access Policy

Journal of Saffron Agronomy and Technology provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Apart from this journal’s interface, the journal also utilizes the Islamic World Science Citation Center(ISC) and Scientific Information Research (ACER) distribute and archive the journal contents among participating libraries, authors, and readers and permits them to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.





Publication Information:

Publisher: Torbat Heydarie University
Director-in-Charge: Prof. Alireza Karbasi
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Parviz Rezvani Moghaddam
Manager: M.Sc Moein Tosan
Associate Editor: Dr. Hasan Feizi & Dr Toktam Mohtashami
Journal Expert: M.Sc. Faeze Qarari
Editor: M.Sc Mahsa Aghhavanj Shajari

 Indexing Databases:

Islamic World Science Citation Center
ACER- Scientific Information Research
Google Scholar

How to send Papers:

Saffron Agronomy and Technology is an Open Access Journal

Download Guide for Authors and other needed files.

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