IJYT Author Guidelines
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Scope of the journal

The International Journal of Yoga Therapy (IJYT) is an annual, 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). The IJYT is published in October. 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 YTT is also a platform for articles of interest to the larger yoga therapy and healthcare community, but it is not peer-reviewed and does not publish any original research as such. Any questions in regard to the suitability of a manuscript for IJYT or YTT can be directed to IJYTeditor@iayt “dot”org.

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 proceeding to 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 articles’ contribution to the field of yoga therapy taking into account the scientific rigor, the importance and novelty of the topic, the quality of the scholarship and the clarity of the writing. Invited peer reviewers will evaluate the manuscript and determine which of the following the manuscript is to be scored as: accepted as is, accepted pending minor revisions, accepted pending major revisions, rejected but substantial revision and resubmission possible, rejected. Authors may be invited to resubmit their manuscript after completing the revisions requested by the reviewers. The assigned editor then makes the final decision about the endorsement of the manuscript. If accepted for publication, articles are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, and subsequently layout. Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author.

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. Any questions in regard to navigating the site can be addressed to IJYTeditor@iayt “dot”org.

Types of articles

Original Research Investigation Articles

Word limit: 7000

Original Research Investigation Articles consist of descriptions of the hypotheses, study, and methods of empirical research studies. They may include clinical trials, randomized controlled trials, series of case studies, individual case studies of particular novelty, importance and relevance, as well as studies based on cost-effectiveness analyses. The yoga protocols and research methods used in intervention studies need to be described in sufficient detail to allow for replication of the results. Studies with multimodal outcome measures (e.g. studies combining physiological and behavioral outcome measures) are particularly encouraged. Original research investigation articles should contain the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Figures, Tables, Figure and Table Legends (if any), and References.

Review Articles

Word limit: 7000

Review Articles cover areas within the field of yoga and yoga therapy research in which there has been significant development or progress 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 the field. Any reference to unpublished material (i.e. unpublished original data, submitted manuscripts or personal communications) needs to be clearly acknowledged. The main text of the manuscript should be followed by Figures, Tables, Figure and Table Legends (if any) and References.

Yoga Therapy and Research Method Articles

Word limit: 5000

Yoga Therapy or Research Methods Articles must present new methodology, emerging techniques or clinical practices, or 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, the limitations of currently used methods, and a description of how to validate of the methods in future empirical studies. In addition they may contain preliminary data relevant to the methodology. The main text of the manuscript should be followed by Figures, Tables, Figure and Table Legends (if any) and References.

Perspective Articles and Opinion Articles

Word limit: 3000

Perspective Articles 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, the value of currently used methods, as well as strengths and weaknesses of any scientific theory or clinical approach.

Preparing and formatting submissions

Title page

Content of title page:

Type of manuscript
Word count
Number of references
Number of figures / tables
Conflict of interest statement
Name and contact details of corresponding author

Conflicts of interest statement

Please add a statement indicating whether any of the points below apply to the work you are submitting.

  • 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



Word count: 250

Note: Perspectives and Editorials do not require an abstract


APA style with numbered citations and numbered 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

Figures and tables should be submitted as separate files. Figure and table legends should be added at the end of the main manuscript. For each figure and table please add a note in the main manuscript indicating the approximate location it should appear in (i.e. “Fig. 1 about here”).

Types of files: .jpg, .png, .tiff
Resolution for figures: 300 dpi


Type of document: Word
Font type: Arial
Font size: 12
Spacing: Double spaced
Margins: 1 inch