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Call for Papers

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.

From time to time, AJOT publishes special issues on topics of interest. Authors considering a submission for a special issue 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).

General questions about submission should be directed to

Current calls for papers are listed below.

Call for Papers

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility in Occupational Therapy Practice and Education

Guest Editors: Khalilah Robinson Johnson, PhD, MS, OTR/L; Catherine R. Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L; Tyra M. Banks, EdD, OTR/L; Razan Hamed, PhD, OTR/L; Selena Washington, PhD, OTR/L

The profession of occupational therapy strives for diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (DEIJA) across all clinical areas and in the education of future OT professionals. While multiple resources and trainings have emerged over the past several years, so has the body of literature related to DEIJA in occupational therapy. This special issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) will highlight the work of scholars who are researching best practices for DEIJA in the OT profession, how to best assess the effectiveness of DEIJA practices, and the systematic and structural barriers to DEIJA practices in educational and clinical settings. This special issue especially seeks findings from empirical studies (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods), systematic reviews, or meta-analyses that can be used to inform OT practice, education, research, or policy-making decisions. Papers on the following topics are prioritized for this issue:

  • Application and outcomes of research applying relevant theories, models, and frameworks
  • Reviews that center disability, ableism, or accessibility
  • Addressing bias and disparities in OT practices, particularly in mental health and school-based settings
  • Policy and regulatory guidelines that impact the provision of OT services
  • Community-based and participatory approaches to interrogate access and utilization of OT services
  • Translating intersectional rehabilitation research to evidence-based policy
  • Operationalizing anti-racist and inclusive pedagogies in OT education
  • Measurement of structural racism in therapeutic processes
  • Application of anti-racist and intersectional approaches to fieldwork education
  • Intersection of DEIJA, occupation, and minoritized populations

Authors considering a submission should first contact Dr. Khalilah Johnson ( or Dr. Razan Hamed ( to discuss their interest. Please include a tentative title and short description of your proposed paper along with any implications the paper has for OT research or practice.

Submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed and must conform to our current “Guidelines for Contributors to AJOT” ( Papers will be reviewed in the order they are received and accepted or rejected based on their merit and fit with the special issue focus. We encourage early submission.

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Deadline for Submission: June 1, 2024.

The issue is tentatively scheduled for March/April 2025.

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