Sharon A. Gutman, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; State of the Journal, 2011. Am J Occup Ther 2011;65(6):608-615. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2011.003145.
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The journal’s current publication goals will be maintained, and priority will continue to be given to studies examining the effects of occupational therapy practice, including the following:
Intervention effectiveness studies, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses
Efficiency studies assessing interventions for such things as patient satisfaction, adherence, safety, and cost and time efficiency
Studies establishing the psychometric properties of occupational therapy instruments
Studies linking occupational engagement to participation and health status indicators
Articles exploring a currently debated topical or professional issue (The Issue Is articles).
Special issues will be planned to address the need for evidence in all practice areas, with emphasis on productive aging and mental health, and will be developed in collaboration with information from the AOTA Evidence-Based Practice Project. Special issues in preparation include
Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Services for Children With Autism
Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Services Addressing Fall Prevention for Older Adults
Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Services for Clients With Low Vision
Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Services for Clients With Neurodegenerative Diseases
Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Services for Children With Behavioral and Psychosocial Needs.
The following efforts will be continued to monitor and increase the journal’s IF score:
All submitted articles will be considered with regard to how widely they are likely to be cited.
Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and randomized controlled trials will be prioritized, because these types of studies tend to be more heavily cited.
Efforts will be made to decrease the acceptance-to-publication length, which is currently at 14 mo. In the future, publication ahead of print will be available, further decreasing the acceptance-to-publication length.
A long-term goal will be the reduction of print issues and an increase in online issues, which will potentially increase the number of articles published per volume.
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