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Research Article  |   January 2009
Occupational Therapy and the Journal Citation Reports: 10-Year Performance Trajectories
Author Affiliations
  • Jess Anthony Holguin, MA, OTR/L, is Doctoral Student and Research Assistant, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, CHP 133, 1540 Alcazar Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089–9003, and Occupational Therapist, St. Jude Medical Center, Inpatient Rehabilitation, 101 East Valencia Mesa Drive, Fullerton, CA 92835–3875; jholguin@usc.edu
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Research Article   |   January 2009
Occupational Therapy and the Journal Citation Reports: 10-Year Performance Trajectories
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2009, Vol. 63, 105-112. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.1.105
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2009, Vol. 63, 105-112. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.1.105
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to document performance of occupational therapy journals on the metrics of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), the annually appearing index used as a yardstick to assess the quality of scholarly publications. Outcomes for the field's two indexed journals, the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, were assessed over a 10-year period (1996–2005) to determine their overall standing and patterns of change on each of the JCR's five metrics. The mean category ranking for the two journals was generally above the 50th percentile. However, they performed least adequately and evidenced a downward trend over time on the most widely used metric (the journal impact factor). Possible reasons underlying this latter result are explored, pressing implications of the overall findings for practice and research are discussed, and strategic steps toward ethically safeguarding the profession's viability are offered.