Author's Guidelines

Occupational Therapy Now is published by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and provides occupational therapists with information to meet the challenges of their day-to-day practice. Articles encourage discussion and debate of occupational therapy practice issues. Topics include: clinical applications of recent research and theory, evidence-based practice, socio-cultural, political and economic influences on occupational therapy, as well as other information relevant to the profession at large.

Articles also appeal to anyone with an interest in occupation and its impact on health – health care practitioners, consumers, policy and decision makers and members of the general public.

Where do I start?

CAOT welcomes submissions that contain practical information and/or encourage discussion of professional issues. For every type of article we look for clear, easily understood and interesting writing. There are currently eleven regular columns . Your article may fit under one of these columns or be featured separately. Some styles of writing include: “how to’s”, interviews or personality profiles, informational, inspirational, “it happened to me”, opinion and humour articles.

Before writing your article, it is a good idea to send an outline to the managing editor  for some initial feedback and ideas regarding style. 

How long should my article be?

Our readers tell us that they are short on time so make every word count – be precise and be concise. Articles should be no longer than 1500 words, including references. Brief notices can be as short as 50 words but still of interest to readers.


What happens after I submit my article?

Occupational Therapy Now is published bimonthly beginning with the January/February issue. Every effort is made to publish your article as soon as possible. Articles which are time sensitive take precedent. Obviously articles which do not require too many revisions are processed faster.

When submitting your article, include a completed submission form and two copyright release forms . A cover sheet should include: proposed title of your article, each author’s name, credentials, address, e-mail address and a brief biography. Please take special note of the section on the submission form which asks if you have had your article reviewed by a colleague. Sending your article electronically to the managing editor is preferred. The forms can be mailed, faxed or sent electronically.

Please take special note of the section on the submission form which asks if you have had your article reviewed by a colleague. A colleague, knowledgeable about your subject matter, can offer you invaluable feedback and may prevent unnecessary revisions once your article is in process.

Once the managing editor receives your article, it will be reviewed by the applicable column editor and/or occupational therapists with expertise in the subject area. Articles which do not fall under a particular column’s mandate will be reviewed by at least one occupational therapist with expertise in the subject area. If necessary, suggestions for major revisions will be sent to the authors and a second draft will be requested. Copy edits will be made and sent to you, for review, prior to publishing.

An important note about copyright

Articles are submitted to Occupational Therapy Now on the understanding that they are not simultaneously under consideration by any other publication and have not been previously published. Articles published in Occupational Therapy Now are copyrighted by CAOT and may not be published elsewhere, in whole or part, without written permission from CAOT. By submitting an article to Occupational Therapy Now you are giving us permission to publish all or part of it. Before publication, all authors must sign a copyright release form.

If you use or refer to someone else’s ideas, you must acknowledge this by citing the original source in the reference list. Please refer to the American Psychological Association Style Guide for information on correct referencing.

Authors are responsible for obtaining releases for all copyrighted materials they wish to use in their article and any associated fees.

Does publishing in Occupational Therapy Now prevent me from later publishing in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (CJOT) ?

No, not necessarily. Writing for Occupational Therapy Now is more informal, often anecdotal, and the articles are shorter. You may consider publishing preliminary ideas, program descriptions, or perhaps an opinion in Occupational Therapy Now that you later develop for consideration in CJOT .

It is important to note, however, that if your intent is to publish research results in CJOT or any blinded peer-reviewed scientific journal, this needs to be prior to publication in Occupational Therapy Now (which is non-blind peer-reviewed).

For information regarding CJOT submissions , please contact the editor through CAOT’s National Office or e-mail .

Are photographs or illustrations considered?

Yes! Photographs help tell the story and attract the reader’s attention. When submitting photographs, remember the following:

  1. Colour photos are preferred. If taking the photos yourself try to shoot subjects with a contrasting background.
  2. Try to get people doing the things that are described in the article.
  3. A release is necessary, use the form provided .
  4. Send digital photos as separate electronic files to the managing editor.  Include in the name of the electronic file the primary author’s last name and the name of the photo as it is referred to in the article.
  5. Write captions and photo credits in the article, indicating placement of photo within article.
  6. Digital photos must be taken at no less than 300 DPI and sized no smaller than 4 by 6 inches.


Please send questions or submissions to:

Flora To-Miles, Managing Editor, Occupational Therapy Now
Tel: 613-523-2268 ext. 243 / 1 800 434-2268
Fax: 613-523-2552

Mail: CAOT National Office
100-34 Colonnade Rd
Ottawa, ON K2E 7J6 Canada

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