Yoga Therapy Today Submission Guidelines
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Yoga Therapy Today publishes a range of educational articles and perspectives of relevance to the yoga therapy community. This triannual magazine, which evolved from IAYT’s member newsletter, also includes opinion pieces designed to stimulate discussion, in particular on how to define the profession of yoga therapy; case reports; interviews; international perspectives and reports; conference reports; news of interest to members; business and professional development advice; and media reviews. Education includes discussion of applied practice and dialogue regarding IAYT’s educational standards, code of ethics, and scope of practice for yoga therapists. Some issues include focus areas on relevant themes.

       

 

Deadlines for Submission

Submissions Format

Guidelines for Specific Types of Submissions

Review, Selection, Preparation, and Revision of Articles

 

 

We encourage insightful, reflective submissions from yoga therapists, yoga teachers, and healthcare professionals, as well as those who would like to share their experiences while under the care of a yoga therapist. Points of view from all yoga traditions are welcome.

Submissions to YTT are intended for the yoga therapy community, with a focus on the therapeutic applications of yoga. We welcome photographs, tables, charts, and other images to accompany your submission. Please consult with the editor before sending any files. You may also contact the editor of YTT, Laurie Hyland Robertson, at YTTEditor@iayt.org, to discuss ideas prior to submission.

YTT is distinct from the International Journal of Yoga Therapy Today (IJYT), IAYT’s peer-reviewed research journal. Please direct further questions about the suitability of a manuscript for IJYT or YTT to the editors at IJYTeditor@iayt.org or YTTeditor@iayt.org.

 

DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSION

Submissions are considered on a rolling basis and can be sent at any time during the year.

For publication in a specific issue, submissions should be sent at least 3 months prior to publication, as follows:

  • Spring issue: Published May 1, submission deadline is February 1.
  • Summer issue: Published August 1, submission deadline is May 1.
  • Winter issue: Published January 1, submission deadline is October 1.

In some instances, the deadlines can be extended. For example, if an article is timely or fits into the theme of a particular issue of YTT. Please send all submissions by email to the editor, Laurie Hyland Robertson, at YTTEditor@iayt.org.

 

SUBMISSIONS FORMAT

  • Please send your submission in a Word document. Submissions in PDF or other formats cannot be accepted.
  • At the top of the first page, include the title of the article, your name, email address, and the date submitted.
  • Word count varies according to the type of article:
    • Educational/perspective: 1,800–2,500
    • Conference reports (other than SYR/SYTAR): 600–800
    • Case reports: 1,800–2,000
    • Media reviews: 400–600 (the longer count is for media specifically intended for a yoga therapy audience)
    • Short opinion piece: 1,000–1,200
  • After your submission is accepted, you will need to provide a bio of approximately 45 words and, if you would like us to publish one, a high-resolution headshot.

 

GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFIC TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS

Educational/Perspective/Opinion/Reflections

  • Your article must have a central, well-developed theme; clarity of expression; and continuity of ideas. Articles that contain advertisement or self-promotion will not be accepted.

Please keep your audience in mind as you write. Will they understand what you say without further explanation? Be as explicit as possible in your explanations and description to minimize the work on the reader’s part to understand what you are saying.

Support any claims with source references or state that the information comes from your observation, a conversation or email with a peer or teacher, and so on.

If you are including information about or a quote from a client or colleague, please obtain permission from that person prior to submission.

Personal reflections are welcomed in the context of education, discussion and opinions, and inspiration.


 
Case Reports

Case reports offer invaluable insights and information that help move the field of yoga therapy toward establishing best practices in the care of clients. Case reports may describe a single case or a series of related cases.

Begin your report with background information on the client (age, gender, occupation, etc.) and a few introductory sentences about yourself (training, experience with this kind of client or condition). Include background information that will help clarify the subject of discussion, including any relevant research. If pertinent, explain why the case report is novel or how it helps to further the field of yoga therapy.

Describe the case in chronological order. Include the following where relevant:

  • initial assessment of client, including any pertinent information from a physician or other health care provider
  • your advice and recommendations to the client
  • the client’s response to care
  • what was effective and what was not effective and how you judged the efficacy of the practices as the case evolved
  • any unanticipated or adverse effects
  • the final outcome and status of the client

Also welcome is input from the client describing their experience of yoga therapy.

Include enough detail so that readers can determine whether the yoga therapy provided may be relevant to their own clients. Readers should also have sufficient information to draw their own conclusions about the case.

In your discussion and conclusions about the case, you may provide recommendations to other yoga therapists based on your insights from the case study. However, do not include sweeping claims and beliefs not substantiated by evidence.

Interviews

Leaders in the field of yoga therapy or aligned professions are candidates for interviews. These individuals may be influencing the field of yoga therapy as it relates to healthcare policy, standards, or education, or themselves have yoga therapy practices in healthcare, education, prison, or recovery settings. Nominations for interviews are encouraged. Please contact the editor prior to conducting an interview intended for publication in YTT.

 

Media Reviews

Please contact the editor prior to writing a review intended solely for YTT.

  • For any review, whether it is of a book, DVD, or other media, keep in mind the ways in which a yoga therapist might use the material. Will it be useful for experienced yoga therapists to deepen their own practices? Might yoga therapists recommend the resource to clients for their education?
  • Include a general overview of the structure of the book or DVD, its intended audience, and information about the author (e.g., relevant qualifications and experience).
  • Does the book achieve what it set out to achieve? Is it clear and comprehensible?
  • Include what you liked or recommend about the book and anything you didn’t like or found unsatisfying, incorrect, and so on. In other words, be truthful; remember that you are writing a review, not an endorsement.
  • Include a short bio of yourself, approximately 40 words, with information relevant to your qualifications for writing the review.

 

REVIEW, SELECTION, PREPARATION, AND REVISION OF ARTICLES

The editor evaluates all submissions for relevance of topics, presentation of ideas, and adherence to in-house style and format. All submissions are subject to developmental editing and copyediting. At least one revision is usually required from an author, and sometimes several rounds of editing are needed.

The Editorial Process

Please adhere to the following guidelines; check with the editor if you have any questions or need clarification.

  • If your article is provisionally accepted, you will receive your submission back from the editor with guidelines for revision. Guidelines are usually given in the form of comments directly in the file, so this is one reason authors must have access to a full version of Microsoft Word.
  • Please be aware that provisional acceptance is subject to satisfactory revision by the author. The editor’s decisions are independent and final.
  • Articles are copyedited for clarity and adherence to house style. Please be prepared for this process and allow enough time for revisions as you submit your article.
  • The editorial process is one of collaboration and mutual respect. The editor’s intention is to help bring out the author’s voice in a clear and compelling manner, fairly and without bias or censorship.
  • Occasionally an article accepted for one issue may need to be postponed until a later issue because of space or other constraints.

Style

In addition to generally following the style guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA), YTT follows an in-house style guide.

  • Always use pose names in English; Sanskrit is optional but encouraged. If you include the Sanskrit name, follow it by an English term in parentheses, for example, trikonasana (triangle pose). Diacritics are not used for Sanskrit. It is useful to describe any pose that may be known by another name, or include a diagram or photo.
  • Cite any necessary references in the text with a sequential superscript number. (If a reference is cited more than once, use the same citation number for that reference throughout the text.) Include sequential (not alphabetical) citation numbers in a reference list at the end of the article. Except for this convention, format your references in APA style. Please do not use Word’s footnote or endnote functions.