Sharon A. Gutman; State of the Journal, 2013. Am J Occup Ther 2013;67(6):616-623. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2013.009548.
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Level I: Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials
Level II: Two groups, nonrandomized studies (e.g., cohort, case control)
Level III: One group, nonrandomized (e.g., before and after, pretest and posttest)
Level IV: Descriptive studies that include analysis of outcomes (e.g., single-subject design, case series)
Level V: Case reports and expert opinion that include narrative literature reviews and consensus statements.
The journal is now ranked as Number 19 in the Social Science Division of JCR, and the IF has steadily increased.
The number of published research studies with high levels of rigor has consistently increased.
The number of published intervention effectiveness studies has consistently increased and has begun to provide a foundation of support for occupational therapy services.
The call for more research in the area of productive aging has been addressed, as demonstrated by the increased number of publications in this practice area.
The number of published articles per volume has increased, promoting the dissemination of occupational therapy research.
The journal’s current publication goals as stated in the “Guidelines for Contributors to AJOT” will be maintained.
Efforts to monitor and increase the IF will continue.
Special issues will continue to be developed to address gaps in the profession’s evidence base.
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