The Journal of Yoga Studies (JoYS) is a peer-reviewed, open access e-journal committed to publishing the highest quality academic research and critical discussions on all topics related to the study of all forms of yoga, from ancient to contemporary, across multiple humanities and social sciences disciplines. Note that JoYS does not accept submissions of natural sciences, medical or experimental psychology articles, but would welcome review or analytical articles written by specialists in these fields with the specific aim of reporting relevant findings to non-specialist academic readers. Authors will retain copyright of their articles.

JoYS aims to serve the needs of this emerging field of study by offering a forum for reporting on research findings, discoveries, theoretical discussions and critical debates in the field, and for disseminating critical editions, translations, book reviews and other key reference materials.

As the ‘study of Yoga’ is a broad and varied subject, the scope of JoYS is inclusive of all forms of rigorous intellectual activity including but not limited to Religious Studies, Modern, Medieval and Classical History of South Asia, Indology, Philology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Studies, Literature and Arts.

To start with, papers will be published on a rolling-basis throughout the year in electronic form only (downloadable PDF). A yearly collection of papers will form a single volume of JoYS. On occasion, a number of papers may be gathered together under a specific thematic heading (article sets).

The scope of JoYS is limited only by the expertise of its editors and peer-reviewers. Guest editors may be invited to oversee the production of a JoYS article set themed towards a specific topic or subject of interest.

JoYS published its two inaugural articles on 1st May 2018.


Matthew Clark: Senior Editor and Administration Manager

Jason Birch and Suzanne Newcombe: Managing Editors

Jacqueline Hargreaves: Art Consultant, Production Manager, and Online Editor

Elizabeth De Michelis: Advisory Board member and former Senior Editor



Joseph Alter, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Saroja Bhate, Ex-Head, Department of Sanskrit and Prakrit Studies, University of Pune

Véronique Bouillier, Directrice de Recherche, Émérite (Anthropology), French National Centre for Scientific Research

Johannes Bronkhorst, Faculty of Arts, University of Lausanne

Gudrun Bühnemann, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Elizabeth De Michelis, Formerly Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge and Oriel College, University of Oxford

Dr. Sanjukta Gupta, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford

Geoffrey Samuel, School of Religious and Theological Studies, Cardiff University

Dominik Wujastyk, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta


Andrea Acri, Sciences Religieuses, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

Christèle Barois, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna

Daniela Bevilacqua, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, SOAS University of London

Kengo Harimoto, Mahidol University

Csaba Kiss, Department of Indian Studies, ELTE, Budapest

Philipp A. Maas, Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaften, University of Leipzig

James Mallinson, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford

Mark Singleton, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, SOAS University of London

Péter-Dániel Szántó, Department of Buddhology and Tibetology, ELTE, Budapest

Somadeva Vasudeva, Department of Indological Studies, Kyoto University

Dagmar Wujastyk, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion, University of Alberta


SOAS, University of London
University of Alberta
AyurYog Project, University of Vienna
The Haṭha Yoga Project, SOAS University of London
Modern Yoga Research
AMRAY, Association Monégasque pour la Recherche Académique sur le Yoga