IJYT Submission Guidelines
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Scope of the Journal

The International Journal of Yoga Therapy (IJYT) is a peer-reviewed journal serving yoga therapists, yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, yoga researchers, and healthcare professionals. We publish scholarly, academically sound articles related to any tradition or aspect of yoga therapy. An annual electronic supplement provides abstracts from IAYT’s Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) and Symposium on Yoga Research (SYR).

IJYT is printed annually in October, and articles are published online ahead of the print version, throughout the year as they are accepted. Digital access to back issues is available through 1990.

IJYT is distinct from Yoga Therapy Today (YTT), our membership magazine. YTT is also a platform for articles of interest to the larger yoga therapy and healthcare communities, but it is not peer-reviewed and does not publish original research. Please direct further questions about the suitability of a manuscript to the editors at IJYTeditor@iayt "dot"org or YTTeditor@iayt "dot"org.




Editorial process and peer review

Submission Process

Article Types

Preparing and Formatting Submissions


Editorial Process and Peer Review

All submissions are initially evaluated by the editors for suitability as a potential contribution to IJYT. Manuscripts with insufficient novelty, significant methodological flaws, or lack of relevance to the field of yoga therapy may be rejected before the formal peer-review process. Articles that meet the minimum basic requirements will be assigned to peer reviewers chosen on the basis of their expertise and experience.

Reviewers evaluate the article’s contribution to the field of yoga therapy, taking into account the scientific rigor, importance and novelty of the topic, quality of the scholarship, and clarity of the writing. These invited peer reviewers score manuscripts as: accepted as is, accepted pending minor revisions, accepted pending major revisions, rejected but substantial revision and resubmission possible, or rejected. The assigned editor makes final publication decisions.

If accepted for publication, articles are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, and stylistic consistency. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author.

The journal does not impose an embargo period on NIH-funded manuscripts.


Submission Process

All articles must be submitted online using the link www.editorialmanager.com/ijyt. Authors new to the site must first register, after which they can create a login and submit their manuscript. Address questions about navigating the site to IJYTeditor@iayt "dot"org.


Article Types

Original Research Investigation

Word limit: 7,000

Original research investigation articles describe the hypotheses, study, and methods of empirical research studies. They may include clinical trials; randomized controlled trials; case series; individual case studies of particular novelty, importance, and relevance; and studies based on cost-effectiveness analyses. Yoga protocols and research methods used in interventions must be described in sufficient detail to allow for replication of the results. Studies with multimodal outcome measures (e.g., those combining physiological and behavioral outcomes measures) are particularly encouraged. Original research investigation articles should contain the following sections at a minimum: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and References.


Word limit: 7,000

Review articles cover areas within the field of yoga and yoga therapy research in which significant development or progress has occurred in recent years. Reviews must be novel, systematic, thorough, balanced, and fully representative of the research literature in the field. They must not be mere summaries of previous literature, but rather offer critical perspectives on fundamental concepts, issues, and problems that define the research and concepts in yoga and yoga therapy. Any reference to unpublished material (i.e., unpublished original data, submitted manuscripts, or personal communications) must be clearly acknowledged.

Yoga Therapy and Research Methods

Word limit: 5,000

Yoga therapy or research methods articles must present new methodology, emerging techniques or clinical practices, or a specifically designed intervention that opens new avenues for experimental or clinical investigations of relevance to the field of yoga therapy. Methods manuscripts should include the experimental and/or clinical objectives, limitations of currently used methods, and a description of how to validate of the methods in future empirical studies. In addition, these articles may contain preliminary data relevant to the methodology.

Perspectives and Opinions

Word limit: 3,000

Perspective and opinion articles must present significant and novel viewpoints on issues relevant to yoga therapy and yoga therapy research. Individual articles should focus on a specific area within the field and discuss current advances as well as future directions. Authors are invited to contribute their opinions on the interpretation of facts, value of currently used methods, as well as strengths and weaknesses of any scientific theory or clinical approach.


Preparing and Formatting Submissions

IJYT largely follows the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association. Please format all submissions accordingly (see, e.g., http://www.apastyle.org) and include the following information.

Title page


Authors, with applicable degrees


Type of manuscript

Word count

Number of references

Number of figures/tables



Although abstracts (approximately 250 words) are printed in unstructured form, please include statements that cover the background, methods, results, and conclusions that may be drawn from the work.


At the end of the manuscript

Conflict-of-interest statement

All manuscripts must include a statement indicating whether any of the points below apply.

Please declare financial relationships with entities that could be perceived to influence the content of the submitted work.

Please declare patents, copyrights, or royalties relevant to the submitted work.

Please declare other relationships or activities that could have influenced the content of the submitted work.


Include name and contact details of the corresponding author, including the best email address at which to reach you.



Please do not use footnote or endnote functions; simply list your references after the article body. IJYT uses sequentially numbered in-text citations but APA style for the reference list.


1. Villemure, C., Ceko, M., Cotton, V. A., & Bushnell, M. C. (2014). Insular cortex mediates increased pain tolerance in yoga practitioners. Cerebral Cortex, 24(10), 2732–2740. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bht124


Figures and tables

Submit figures and tables as separate files, with a list of their legends at the end of the main manuscript. For each figure and table, please add a note in the main manuscript indicating the approximate location where it should appear in (e.g., “[Fig. 1 about here]”). Avoid substantially repeating in figures/tables information already given in the text and vice versa.

Types of files: .jpg, .png, .tiff

Resolution for figures: 300 dpi at 100% of original size



Type of document: Word (no other file formats can be accepted)

Font type: Times New Roman

Font size: 12

Spacing: Double spaced

Margins: 1 inch