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Call for Papers

An O T leans forward to speak with two with two older adults. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) announces calls for papers for several upcoming special issues. For all AJOT articles, the goal is to provide high-quality research for use by occupational therapy practitioners and researchers as well as consumers, insurers, and other health care professionals. Articles that are relevant to audiences beyond occupational therapy will be given greater consideration.

Authors should submit manuscripts through the BenchPress system and specify in their cover letter that the manuscript is intended for publication in the desired special issue. Submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed and must conform to the criteria specified in the current Guidelines for Contributors to AJOT (available on the AJOT and BenchPress websites).

Questions about submission should be directed to ajotproduction@aota.org.


Sensory Integration and Processing in Occupational Therapy

Guest Editors: Beth Pfeiffer, PhD, OTR/L, BCP; Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Stefanie
Bodison, OTD, OTR/L

The objective of this special issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) is to disseminate
research related to the state of the science supporting occupational therapy services for children, youth, and
adults with sensory integration and processing challenges and their families.

The journal seeks manuscripts on the following topics:

  • Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for children, youth, and adults with sensory integration and processing deficits
  • Instrument development and testing
  • Examination of the occupational performance needs of people with sensory integration and processing challenges across the life course
  • The impact of sensory integration and processing challenges on family, home, and community life.

This issue will include the findings and results of systematic reviews initiated by the AOTA Evidence-Based Practice Project address the efficacy of the following interventions to support function and participation for children and youth with challenges in processing and integrating sensory information: (1) Ayres Sensory Integration; (2) sensory-based strategies and environmental changes; (3) coaching of parents and teachers; and (4) cognitive and occupation-based interventions. Papers that complement these systematic reviews are desirable. Literature reviews will not be accepted, but scoping reviews and meta-analyses are welcome.
Authors considering a submission should first contact guest editor Beth Pfeiffer at bpfeiffe@temple.edu to discuss their interest. Submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed and must conform to the criteria specified in the current “Guidelines for Contributors to AJOT” (available on the AJOT website, http://otjournal.net). Papers are reviewed and accepted or rejected as they are received, until the available space is filled, so early submission is encouraged.

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2017.

The issue is tentatively scheduled for publication in the January/February 2018 issue of AJOT.


AJOT Centennial Section

A series of articles commemorating the 2017 AOTA Centennial in the form of a Centennial section in each issue of the 2017 volume will highlight a newer or emerging area of occupational therapy as follows:

  • Issue 1—History and Emerging Practice (Deadline: April 1, 2016)
    Articles focusing on an aspect of occupational therapy history and offering a vision of where occupational therapy need to be in the future

  • Issue 2—Cancer (Deadline: May 1, 2016)
    Articles focusing on occupational therapy's role in cancer treatment

  • Issue 3—Youth-to-Adult Transitions (Deadline: July 1, 2016)
    Articles focusing on occupational therapy and transitions, whether from adolescence to adulthood or transitions resulting from aging out of youth-serving systems (e.g., foster care)

  • Issue 4—Occupational Therapy and Health, Well-Being, and Quality of Life (Deadline: September 1, 2016)
    Issue 4 is a special issue focusing on wellness with an emphasis on community practice. Authors interested in submitting an article for the Centennial section for this issue should first refer to the Call for Papers for this issue (see above)

  • Issue 5—Mental Health (Deadline: September 1, 2016)
    Articles focusing on occupational therapy's role in youth and/or adult mental health treatment

  • Issue 6—OT Internationally (Deadline: October 1, 2016)
    Articles taking a global view of occupational therapy

Manuscripts that will be considered include those presenting intervention trials, systematic or scoping reviews, health systems research, theory development, research on the systems (family, social, educational, employment, political, etc.) that affect occupational engagement, and research furthering understanding of individuals and their social support networks.

Authors considering a submission should first submit a brief letter of interest to Lorie Richards, Editor-in-Chief. Initial inquiries should provide no more than an abstract.