The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, or OJOT, is a brand new concept in the world of professional journals. For those looking for a way to connect with others in their profession or who are interested in becoming published in an academic journal, this journal will be a blessing. The journal is being published through the Western Michigan University Department of Occupational Therapy and will be published quarterly. The inaugural edition will be available in the fall of 2012 and is currently accepting admissions from interested parties.
The new magazine will be completely open access which means it will be available to all readers rather than to just those affiliated with the university or specific libraries or other academic institutions. This will make it an invaluable resource for students, those interested in the field of occupational therapy, and patients as well as those already practicing in the field.
The journal will be produced by a review board comprised of individuals who are experts in practice, education, or research. Members of the board are accepted after an application of interest based on their experience and excellence in one or all of the previously mentioned areas.
Article topics are flexible but should fit into one of the following categories:
- Guidelines for Practice
- Letters to the Editor
- Opinions in the Profession
- Qualitative Applied Research
- Quantitative Applied Research
- Technological Guidelines
- Topics in Education
The specific guidelines for submissions are detailed and should be followed closely in order for applicants to be considered for publication. Submission reviews take about three months. When revisions are required, authors have 90 days to resubmit or the application will be closed. Subsequent reviews may also take up to three months to complete.
This journal will allow those with recent study findings to disseminate their findings quickly to a large audience. New researchers, as well as those established in the field, will be equally welcome. Those with limited experience in publishing will likely find it easier to establish themselves and get their work to their peers and the patients serviced by the industry. An annual award will be given to the best article written by a first-time publisher or student.
Are you excited about the prospect of a completely open source academic journal in the field of occupational therapy? Do you think this will become a popular addition to school curriculum, a staple in the professional’s toolbox, or both?