The following is an outline of the editorial process involved in
publishing a scientific paper (Original articles, Short communications,
Case reports, Letters to the editors and Review articles) in IJOY, and
describes how manuscripts are handled by editors between submission and
Criteria for publication
The principal criteria for publication of scientific papers in
IJOY are that they:
- report original scientific research in the field of Yoga (the
main results and conclusions must not have been published or
- are of useful significance to public at large
Who decides what to publish?
The judgement about which papers will interest a broad readership is
made by the Editorial Board. The decisions are independent, unbiased by
scientific or national prejudices of particular individuals. The broad
areas of research are Yoga and Spirtiuality, Life Sciences, Physical
Sciences, Education & Management and Humanities
How to submit an Article or Letter
To reduce delays, authors should ensure that the level, length
and format conforms with IJOY's requirements, at submission and each
revision stage. Submissions should be accompanied by a covering letter
stating briefly the key contributions of their research stating that the
same has not been submitted to any other journal for publication.
Authors are encouraged to provide two 200-word summaries, one to bring
out the significance of the work for readers of IJOY (mainly scientists
or those in scientifically related professions); and the other to
explain the conclusions at an understandable level for the general
public. The cover letter should also specify the number of words in the
text of the paper, the number of display items (figures and tables), the
number of attachments (manuscript, figures, Slides, Vedio Clippings,
Supplementary Information if any, supporting mansucripts), and their
formats. To submit an article online one has to register as an author
What happens to a submitted Article or Letter?
The first stage for a newly submitted manuscript is that the
editorial staff consider whether to send it for peer-review. On
submission, the manuscript is examined by the editorial board who makes
this initial decision. The initial judgement is not a reflection on the
technical validity of the work described, or on its importance to people
in the same field rather it suggests the suitability of the article for
publication in IJOY.
Once the decision has been made to peer-review the manuscript, the
selection of referees is made by the Chief editor. Most papers are sent
to two or three referees, but some are sent to more or, occasionally,
just to one selected generally from the International Review Board of
IJOY. Referees are chosen for the following reasons:
- independence from the authors and their institutions
- ability to evaluate the technical aspects of the paper fully and
- currently or recently assessing related submissions
- availability to assess the manuscript within the requested time.
The ideal referee's report indicates who will be interested in the
new results and why, and lists any technical failings that need to be
addressed before the authors' case is established.
Although IJOY editors and Referees make every effort to ensure
manuscripts are assessed fairly, IJOY is not responsible for the conduct
of its referees.
IJOY welcomes authors' suggestions for suitable independent referees,
but editors are free to decide themselves who to use as referees. IJOY
editors will normally honour requests that a paper not be sent to one or
two (but no more) competing groups for review.
I-JOY makes decisions about submitted papers as rapidly as possible.
Authors are usually informed within a week if the paper is not being
considered and most referees honour their agreement with IJOY to deliver
a report within fifteen days or other agreed time limit, and send their
reports online. Decisions by editors are routinely made very rapidly
after receipt of reports.
Decision letters and what they mean
All Full Papers, Short Communications and Review Papers and Letters
to the editors published in IJOY go through at least one round of
review, usually two or three, sometimes more. At each stage, the editor
will discuss the manuscript with editorial colleagues in the light of
referees' reports, and send a letter to the author offering one of the
- The paper is accepted for publication without any further
changes required from the authors.
- The paper is accepted for publication in principle once the
authors have made some revisions in response to the referees'
- A final decision on publication is deferred, pending the
authors' response to the referees' comments.
- The paper is rejected because the referees have raised
considerable technical objections and/or the authors' claim has not
been adequately established. Under these circumstances, the editor's
letter will state explicitly whether or not a resubmitted version
would be considered.
- The paper is rejected with no offer to reconsider a resubmitted
In replying to the referees' comments, authors are advised to use
language that would not cause offence when their paper is shown again to
the referees, and to bear in mind that if a point was not clear to the
referees and/or editors, it is unlikely that it would be clear to the
nonspecialist readers of IJOY.
If an author wishes to appeal against IJOY's decision, the appeal
must be made in writing, not by telephone, and should be confined to the
scientific case for publication. IJOY's editors are unable to assign
high priority to consideration of appeals.
Authors often ask for a new referee to be consulted, particularly in
cases where two referees have been used and one is negative, the other
positive. IJOY is reluctant to consult new referees unless there is a
particular, relevant area of scientific expertise that was lacking in
the referees already used. Authors should note that as IJOY is an
interdisciplinary journal, referees for a paper are chosen for different
reasons, for example a technical expert and a person who has a general
overview of a field might both referee the same paper. Editors'
decisions are weighted according to the expertise of the referees, and
not by a "voting" procedure.
If I-JOY's editors agree to reconsider a paper, the other original
referee(s) will have the chance to see and comment on the report of the
referee who is the subject of the complaint. New referees can often
raise new sets of points, which complicates and lengthens the
consideration process instead of simplifying it.
If an author remains unsatisfied, he or she can write to the Chief
Editor, citing the manuscript reference number. In all these cases, it
is likely that some time will elapse before I-JOY can respond, and the
paper must not be submitted for publication elsewhere during this time.
Formats and lengths of papers
Space in I-JOY is limited, and so format requirements must be
strictly observed, as advised by the editor handling the submission, and
detailed in the guide to manuscript preparation and submission.
Subediting of accepted papers
After a paper is accepted, it is subedited to ensure maximum clarity
and reach. This process enhances the value of papers in various ways. I-JOY's
Assistant-editors are happy to advise authors about the format of their
Full Papers, Short Communications and Review Papers and Letters to the
editors after acceptance for publication. Their role is to
- edit the language for maximum clarity and precision for those in
- ensure that the paper is at the length specified by the
manuscript editor (including figures).
- ensure that the terminology and notation conform to I-JOY's
- ensure that the figures and tables are clear and will fit in the
- make the slides, photographs, video clippings, font colours and
such embellishments more suited to the publications
asssitant Editors might contact authors after acceptance for
publication to discuss these points
Original research papers accepted for publications in the final form
will be assigned a publication number and uploaded to the Journal. A
letter to that effect will be sent to the author/s.