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.
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.
March 2020: There may be a temporary delay in manuscript processing at this time. We are working to increase our editorial capacity as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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.
Type of manuscript
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
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.
Name and contact details of corresponding author, including the best email address at which to reach you
APA style with numbered citations and numbered (not alphabetical) 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. doi: 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