Manuscript Preparation for Ayurveda Journal of Health

Ayurveda Journal of Health, invites submission of original, unpublished* articles and case studies on the many facets of Ayurveda and its sister science, Yoga.

  • Articles should be firmly grounded in the spirit and science of Ayurveda.
  • The Editors reserve the right to edit articles for clarity and consistency of expression and to fit available space.
  • AJH begins its preparations six months ahead of the publishing date. The earliest submitted articles are highest on the list for publication. Do not hesitate to submit your article earlier than the deadline. The Editorial review protocol assists authors to bring their articles to an even higher level; time is needed for this process to unfold.

Journal Guidelines

  • Material should be prepared in Word as described below in formatting section and uploaded through manuscript submission site listed below.
  • All figures, graphics, photos, and tables should be included in one file along with the text.
  • Text should be in separate sections from figures, graphics, photos, and tables, but reference can be included to facilitate their placement within the text.
  • Graphics are printed in 300 dpi resolution.
  • 1,000 to 2,000 words for regular articles.
  • 500-1000 words for columns.
  • Up to 3500 words for a feature article or review. The word count should be adjusted downward if accompanied by more than 2 illustrations or by an extensive bibliography.
  • Book reviews or conference/workshop reviews: 500-700 words.

Please include a short biography of up to 100 words with contact information and a picture to accompany the article (head shot in good resolution – jpg in 300 dpi is excellent).

  • As the author, the article belongs to you, as the publisher, it also belongs to AJH.  
  • It should not be offered for publication elsewhere (including websites) until you hear either that it will not be accepted by AJH or until it is actually published.

Work shall be submitted in Word doc., formatted as below. (Your specially formatted version can be the version sent by regular mail or via pdf to show the placement of graphics and charts.)

  • Titles and subtitles: Bold
  • Font: Times
  • Size: 12
  • Line spacing: single
  • Paragraphs: Indicated by a double return, no indents.
  • Special Formatting: Do not add any special formatting features such as columns, indents, alignment, or justification. However, do indicate lists or charts (can be done in excel). If you have a specific idea about formatting, send the article formatted the way you wish in a pdf file, but send the main text file as a Word doc so that it can be copy edited and set into layout and design.
  • Sanskrit words are italicized and defined upon their first appearance. After that initial introduction, they are not italicized. Ex: avidya (ignorance, not knowledge).
  • Sanskrit words using diacritics- Our publisher has Sanskrit editors who can place the correct diacritics for Sanskrit words.
  • Several Sanskrit words are considered too common to define although they will be in the glossary in each issue: vata, pitta, kapha, dosha.
  • Regarding herbs - do not capitalize although the first letter of the Latin name should be capitalized, e.g. ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).
  • In general, avoid capitalizing words simply for emphasis since frequent capitalization reduces that effect.

Types of Articles

  • Presentation of the symptoms noted by the client and the findings from the examination.
  • Description of the plan of action and the Ayurvedic principles involved in the decision.
  • Course of the treatment including modifications
  • General description of the Ayurvedic understanding and theory behind the findings and the plan of treatment.
  • Outcome of treatment
  • Summary and discussion of the case.
  • Introduction:  Introduce the topic with a brief literature review giving some background information.
    • Should be a couple of paragraphs.
    • At the end of the introduction, clearly state the research question and how the study addresses the question.
  • Methods:  Clearly present all the methods.
    • The methods section should be brief but sufficient to allow other investigators to repeat the research.
  • Results:  This section should present clearly but succinctly the experimental findings.
    • Only results essential to establish the main points of the work should be included.
  • Discussion:  The discussion section should be very concise and include:
    • A brief statement of the principal findings.
    • A discussion of the validity of the observations.
    • A discussion of the findings in light of other published work dealing with the same or closely related subjects.
    • A statement of the possible significance of the work.
    • Extensive discussion of the literature is discouraged.

Should add a novel perspective or additional information that the general readership may not be familiar with. 

  • Introduction
  • Review of literature on the subject
  • Conclusions

500 to 800 words. Must be presented in an unbiased manner with information rather than advertisement as the key component to the report/review.

  • Books: Include title, author, publisher, publishing date, number of pages, price.
  • Video/audio: Include title, performer, producer, contact information, type (cassette, CD, video), length, price.
  • Workshop/seminar: Include title, presenter, location, number of hours/days,
  • contact information, cost. Note: Review should be of an on-going or continuing offering.

References should be keyed to the placement of the quote in the text and numbered consecutively in order of appearance.

Ie. The sky is blue1. But you will note that grass is green2.

  • Journal Article
    • Garbutt JM, Banister C, Spitznagel E, Piccirillo JF. Amoxicillin for acute rhinosinusitis: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2012;307(7):685-692.
  • Published online ahead of print
    • Steinbrook R, Ross JS. "Transparency reports" on industry payments to physicians and teaching hospitals [published online ahead of print February 14, 2012]. JAMA. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.211.
  • Website reference
  • Book

    • McPhee SJ, Winker MA, Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ, Markowitz AJ, eds. Care at the Close of Life: Evidence and Experience. New York, NY: McGraw Hill Medical; 2011.

  • Articles published in the Ayurveda Journal of Health become the property of the journal and may be used on the AJH web site or in promotional materials and reprints offered to help support AJH.
  • The author may use the article freely once it has been published. However, if publishing it in another entity, it shall be noted to be “reprinted from LOAJ, Vol. #, Issue #, p. #”. Correspondence to Light on Ayurveda Journal, Hollie Jones, Center for Indic Studies, UMass-Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747 U.S.A. Email: hjones@umassd.edu Tel: 508-999-8588 Fax: 508-910-6920.
  • Articles that have been published outside of the United States or in small, local publications may be exempted from this rule upon consideration by the Editorial Board. Posting an article on a Web site is also considered “published”.