Sharon A. Gutman; State of the Journal, 2014. Am J Occup Ther 2014;68(6):620-627. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2014.013607.
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The journal is now ranked as the No. 1 occupational therapy journal in JCR and 19th (of 69) in the rehabilitation subsection. The 5-yr impact factor has steadily increased and has more than doubled since 2007.
Increases in the following per-volume metrics have been made: total number of research articles published, number of studies examining intervention effectiveness, number of studies examining instrument development and testing, and the number of studies at Level I or II evidence.
The number of published research studies with high levels of rigor continues to increase.
Reciprocal access agreements have been developed with the British Journal of Occupational Therapy and the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
AJOT has joined 25 other rehabilitation journals in the adoption of the EQUATOR Network Reporting Guidelines to increase transparent clinical research reporting that can be easily evaluated for methodological rigor and applicability to clinical populations.
AJOT has decreased the acceptance-to-publication length from 1.5 yr to 10 mo. In 2014, AJOT moved to an online platform that will allow articles to be published online approximately 3 mo after acceptance.
Maintain the emphasis on intervention effectiveness studies to build a solid foundation of evidence supporting occupational therapy services (for insurers, consumers, legislators, and other health professionals).
Maintain the emphasis on instrument development and testing studies that are needed to demonstrate reliability and validity of occupational therapy assessments so that occupational therapy services can be measured for effectiveness.
Encourage efficiency studies that provide information about patient satisfaction, cost- and time-efficiency, patient adherence, and intervention safety. Such studies are lacking in our research knowledge base and must be generated to provide further support for intervention reimbursement.
Continue efforts to monitor and increase the IF. Although this journal metric should not be viewed as the sole measurement of success, the scientific community uses the IF to judge the quality of a profession’s research. The IF of the profession’s flagship journal should reflect the highest quality research generated by the profession. When members of the profession consistently publish randomized controlled trials outside of its own professional journals, the IFs of those professional journals decrease and the profession’s scholarship is viewed by the external scholarly community as mediocre.
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