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 considering a submission should first contact the issue guest editor. All manuscripts should be submitted through the AJOT manuscript processing system, and authors should 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 manuscript submission websites).

Questions about submission should be directed to

Occupational Therapy in Primary Care

Guest Editor: Katie Jordan, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational therapy’s distinct value for interprofessional teams in primary care resides in its expertise in the use of occupation as intervention. Occupational therapy practitioners use habits and routines to prevent and manage chronic conditions, the overarching goal being to support participation and health-promoting engagement in activities across the life course. Research is needed to support and expand the evidence base of occupational therapy practice for people who intersect with the health care system at the primary care level. 

This special issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy will highlight the evidence supporting occupational therapy practice in primary care settings. In particular, the journal seeks papers on the following topics:

  • Effectiveness studies (of any level, except for case studies) describing innovative assessments and interventions
  • Clinical outcomes and effects on mental health, chronic disease prevention or management, and quality of life
  • Research on the current structure of occupational therapy in primary care and what occupational therapy clients are being treated for
  • Emerging evidence-based and best practices in primary care environments.

This issue will include the findings from systematic reviews on occupational therapy interventions for various mental and physical health conditions addressed in primary care. Papers that complement these systematic reviews are desirable. Narrative literature reviews will not be accepted.

Contact: Katie Jordan,
Deadline for submission: December 1, 2018
The issue is tentatively scheduled for publication in September/October 2019.