Online Occupational Therapy Journal

by Howard Gerber on March 27, 2012

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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.

Open Access
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.

Peer Review
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.

Topics
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.

Research Oriented
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?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane 05.16.12 at 11:04 am

Thank you for an accurate and enthusiastic summary of OJOT. We are very excited about the impact this will have on the profession of Occupational Therapy!

Joseph Pellerito Jr. 05.16.12 at 3:01 pm

As managing editor, I wanted to first thank you for this concise and accurate review. I know that I speak for the rest of the staff and faculty at Western Michigan University when I say that we are wholeheartedly committed to making the discovery of knowledge accessible to everyone. Open source journals are not “owned” by anyone; they are shared resources for professionals, caregivers, and consumers alike. This format is not the wave of the future because it has already arrived!

Allison Fox 05.17.12 at 10:38 am

As a WMU OT student, graduate assistant and proud member of the OJOT team, I am excited about the many benefits OJOT extends to not only the OT profession, but to everyone OT touches. Thank you for this accurate and enthusiastic recognition of OJOT.org. We appreciate your support. Stay tuned for the first issue this fall!

Sandra Edwards 05.25.12 at 3:49 pm

This journal is a combination of sophisticated electronic communication combined with steadfast academic scientific method of publishing professional opinions and research. It is both creative and adventuresome which has the potential for advancing knowledge, upgrading therapy and stimulating research. The carefully selected method of reviewing the submissions is to be applauded as well as the streamlined method of today’s rapid electronic communication. It is a rich combination of the best of electronics and academic worlds that can expand and connect health professionals. Congratulations.

Sandra Edwards
Professor Emerita

Yueda 07.18.13 at 1:38 pm

I am an occupational teparhy assistant. An aide is responsible for the setup and break down of teparhy equipment. They are also usually involved in transporting patients back and forth from teparhy. Filing paperwork is also a duty of the teparhy aide. It would also be good to find a job with a company that would provide tuition reimbursement for you to go back to school for an advanced degree. Check out the occupational outlook handbook for more info. Good Luck!

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