AOTA's Evidence Exchange

AOTA's Evidence Exchange is a central repository for Critically Appraised Papers (CAPs) and related resources. The Evidence Exchange includes opportunities for members to participate as CAP Submitters as well as CAP Reviewers on an ongoing basis. 

Please Note: The Evidence Exchange is transitioning from online CAP submissions to AOTA Annual Conference submissions starting in spring of 2018. Interested CAP authors will have the opportunity to submit their CAP through the Annual Conference Call for Papers, and if accepted, CAP authors will be invited to present their CAP at the poster session at AOTA’s Annual Conference.

Please submit your CAP through the 2019 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo Call for Papers that is open May 8 to June 8. To prepare your CAP for submission, fill out the CAP Worksheet. This will be useful for completing fields on the online portal. Refer to the CAP Guidelines for submission criteria and detailed instructions on how to fill out each section of the worksheet.

The current published CAPs and CAPs that are under review will remain on the website until the peer-reviewed articles are over five years old. More information will be posted in spring of 2017.

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CAP Reviewers

CAP Reviewers need to have 1 year of post-graduation experience and experience reading and critically appraising research literature.

The Evidence Exchange is not currently accepting CAP Reviewers. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for AOTA conference CAP submissions, please contact, and we will let you know when applications for reviewers open up in the future. 

CAP Submissions

CAPs are at-a-glance summaries of the findings and methods of individual articles.

Please review the CAP Guidelines that provide a step-by-step description of each part of the critical appraisal process. Students submitting CAPs are encouraged to collaborate with a faculty member.

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