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American Journal of Occupational Therapy

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) is an official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 230,000 occupational therapists, assistants, and students nationwide.

AJOT  Mission

The primary mission of AJOT is to publish peer-reviewed research examining the effectiveness and efficiency of occupational therapy practice so that occupational therapy professionals can make informed, evidence-based decisions about best practice. In addition, the journal aims to publish (1) research documenting the reliability and validity of occupational therapy instruments; (2) studies demonstrating a relationship between occupational engagement and the facilitation of community participation and health; and (3) articles that provide a forum for scholars to debate professional issues that affect education, practice, and research.

AJOT publishes 6 issues per year online and has additional supplements, including a supplement consisting of abstracts of research presentations from the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association. AJOT ceased print production and became online only in January 2019.

Impact Factor

The most recent Journal Citation Reports 2-year impact factor for AJOT is 2.900, and the 5-year impact factor is 3.100.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts are submitted to the Editor-in-Chief at and must meet the requirements described in the current “Guidelines for Contributors to AJOT,” a document that is updated annually in the journal and is available on the AJOT website.

Because one objective of the journal is to be a forum for the free expression and interchange of ideas, the opinions and positions expressed by contributors are their own and not necessarily those of the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, or AOTA.


Copyright of the journal is held by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. Permission in writing must be obtained from the Copyright Clearance Center to reproduce, photocopy, or post material appearing in the journal. Direct all requests and inquiries regarding reprinting, photocopying, or posting journal material to Copyright Clearance Center.


AJOT does not provide reprints of articles. Authors may download the pdf of their article and distribute it in accordance with fair use under U.S. copyright law. Readers who are not subscribers may purchase 24-hour access and download individual articles and issues using AJOT's pay-per-view purchase system. 


Advertising is accepted on the basis of conformity with AOTA standards. AOTA is not responsible for statements made by advertisers, nor does acceptance of advertising imply endorsement, official attitude, or position of the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, or AOTA. Visit for more information.

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