Thursday, March 11, 2010
Call for Articles! International Journal of Yoga Therapy
As some of you know, I'm the editor in chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal of policy perspectives, research, and case studies/clinical advice.
The period of peer review for the Fall 2010 issue is wrapping up, and there's still room for several more articles.
So once your taxes are filed, why not put together a thoughtful argument about yoga as a healing practice or profession, polish up that masters thesis, put your clinical experience into advice other professionals can use, or write up the pilot data from your ongoing study?
Submit to editor [at] iayt [dot] org by April 15th for full consideration.
To learn more, below are the usual instructions for contributors. You can also see past tables of contents and article abstracts here.
Guidelines for Authors
The International Journal of Yoga Therapy publishes articles about Yoga therapy, Yoga practice, and Yoga philosophy. We encourage submissions from Yoga therapists, Yoga teachers, researchers, and healthcare professionals. The journal aims to represent views, practices, and research from all major traditions in Yoga, as well as integrative medicine and psychology.
The journal invites submissions of letters and opinions. Perspectives are not peer-reviewed, and may be in response to specific articles, or on any topic relevant to the research and practice of Yoga therapy. Perspectives should be 500-1200 words.
Issues in Yoga Therapy
The journal welcomes scholarly articles that address issues, challenges, and controversies in the research and practice of Yoga therapy. Articles in this category include, but are not limited to: considerations of policy issues related to the integration of Yoga and healthcare, explorations of common challenges that Yoga therapists and teachers face in their work, and discussions of Yoga philosophy as it relates to contemporary Yoga therapy practice.
The journal publishes reports of original research. We welcome pilot studies, feasibility studies, and preliminary reports on research in progress, when these reports examine challenges and early findings that may benefit other researchers and practitioners. Case studies should be reported in the context of a thorough review of the relevant literature, and a broader discussion of the case’s implications for future research or practice. Names and other identifying information should be changed to protect individuals’ privacy.
Continuing Education/Yoga Therapy in Practice
Continuing Education/Yoga Therapy in Practice articles should review a topic of importance and relevance to practicing Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, and healthcare providers. Articles in this category include, but are not limited to: discussions of specific medical conditions and recommended Yoga practices, reviews of the history of some aspect of Yoga therapy or Yoga philosophy, and reviews of research on a topic of relevance to Yoga therapy. Articles should be supported by references to published research, research in progress, established interventions at Yoga therapy clinics, classical Yoga texts, and/or original interviews, and should not be based solely on the experience or opinions of the author(s).
Review and Selection of Manuscripts
All articles are initially evaluated by the Editor for suitability of topic and format. Articles that meet the basic requirements are assigned to a minimum of two peer reviewers, chosen on the basis of their expertise and experience. We invite (but do not require) authors to nominate additional potential reviewers at the time of article submission, particularly when knowledge of a Yoga lineage or other specialty is required. Peer review is blind, meaning that the author’s identity is not revealed to reviewers. Reviewers evaluate the article’s contribution to the field of Yoga therapy, and make specific suggestions for revisions. When making a recommendation to publish or reject an article, reviewers take into account the importance of the topic, the quality of scholarship, and the clarity of writing.
Potential authors wishing to view the current peer review guidelines for the type of article they plan to submit should email the Editor (editor [at] iayt.org) and indicate which category the intended submission falls into. The Editor makes the final decision whether to accept or reject a manuscript. Most manuscripts go through at least one round of revision before they are accepted. Following acceptance, articles are edited for clarity and adherence to journal style guidelines.
Preparation and Submission of Manuscripts
Articles should be 4000-6000 words. All articles should be submitted via email to editor [at] iayt.org. Include a brief introductory letter in the body of the email and attach the manuscript as a word document. All manuscripts should use AMA style formatting for citations/references (numbered endnotes). Research articles should include a note acknowledging any funding sources or potential conflicts of interest, as well as a statement of adherence to ethical guidelines for the use of human participants (when applicable) and informed consent to use photographs of or publish case information about students/clients.
We encourage authors to provide photos and figures, particularly for descriptions of Yoga practices or discussions of anatomy. However, please do not email photos or figures as separate files until requested from the Editor.