ISSN 0038-2337 printed version
ISSN 2310-3833 online version



Basic Information

The South African Journal of Occupational Therapy (SAJOT) is the official Journal of the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa and is a leading publication for research into occupational therapy in Africa. The goal of SAJOT is to publish research articles that contribute to the scientific knowledge of the profession and its outcomes and which will further the development and practice of the profession.

SAJOT focuses on the areas of Medical Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Allied Health Professions

The very first edition of SAJOT was published in 1953 (Vol1 No 1, Aug 1953) with the aim of making advances in the practice of the profession in South Africa known to the Association membership. The first edition was a very tiny publication 10.5cm x 14.5cm. It contained 12 pages and 12 articles including a foreword by the Chairman of SAAOT, Dr J Allen. The print was very small and the articles described various aspects of occupational therapy (OT). The trend of publishing mainly descriptions of various aspects of OT treatment continued right up until the late nineteen eighties and many very helpful articles on treatment methods, splints and assistive devices were published. This type of article is now published in Focus. SAJOT only obtained an ISSN number from Vol. 30 No 3 in November 2000 although it was recognised by the Department of Education for subsidy purposes well before that time. During the years 2000 up to approximately 2007, SAJOT was only able to publish two to four scientific articles in each edition. Since then the submission rate of research articles has improved and SAJOT now publishes a minimum of six and often more scientific articles per edition. SAJOT publishes regularly three times per year in April, August and December which may include a special edition covering specific content. We were the first SA Journal to publish special editions on “Human Rights”. The Journal is now to be found on the EBSCO site, OT Seeker and OTDBASE and has reciprocal agreements for the viewing of content by the members of some Occupational therapy associations in other parts of the world.

SAJOT publishes 3 issues per year in April, August and December. In 2021 the journal published an additional thematic issue.

The journal’s abbreviated key title is S. Afr. j. occup. ther..

SAJOT has published special editions featuring Human and Patient Rights in Occupational Therapy and will continue to do so from time to time.

The journal’s readership is intended for students, educators, researchers and practitioners who are interested in furthering the development of the profession occupational therapy and who are interested in Outcomes Based Practice.


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