Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

The  Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (CJOT)  is an official peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The principal content of the journal provides empirical evidence and theoretical/conceptual arguments that support and advance   occupation-based, client-centred enablement  of  relevance to the Canadian   context and occupational therapy globally.

The journal is published five times a year in February, April, June, October and December by SAGE publications, on behalf of CAOT. CJOT is an English/French bilingual journal. Articles are published in the language of submission with the title, key words, and abstract translated into the other language.

The CJOT was published for the first time in September 1933 and has fostered advancement and growth in occupational therapy scholarship throughout its history.

  • The  mission  of the journal is to provide a forum for leading-edge occupational therapy scholarship that advances theory, practice, research, and policy.
  • The  vision  is to be a high-quality scholarly journal that is at the forefront of the science of occupational therapy and a destination journal for the top scholars in the field, globally.

The  Golden Quill  is awarded yearly to acknowledge an individual author or a group of authors who has/have published an exceptional article in  CJOT  in the two previous volume year. Consult the Golden Quill page for more information!. 

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CAOT members can now register to receive email alerts about new content published in CJOT and other periodicals, including direct links to articles. This option is fully customizable, allowing you to choose the frequency of the emails you receive and the publications you receive alerts for. 

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The abstracts are open to all readers on the CJOT site at SAGE Journals .

The articles are open to individual CAOT members and associates and other CJOT subscribers on the CJOT site at SAGE Journals (sign-in required).

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Signing up for email alerts

  • Sign in to your SAGE Journals account. This is not the same as your CAOT member login- if you have not created one in the past you will be required to register. Go to the CJOT homepage. Scroll down to the “Connect With Us” box on the right side of your screen. Please select the Sign Up button. A pop-up will appear titled Add Email Alerts. Check the box for new content and announcements. When done, select add alerts. You may repeat this process for any other SAGE journal(s) you are interested in.
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For any questions regarding the alerts, please contact Julie Lapointe at or at 1-800-434-2268 ext. 260. 

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New and returning authors are invited to submit a manuscript for review.  To ensure a viable submission, please make use of the following resources:

CJOT author guidelines . All manuscripts must adhere to the CJOT author guidelines and use Canadian English. We follow the American Psychological Association (APA) 6 th manual for headings and referencing. for specific details. Manuscripts that do not comply with the author and APA 6 th guidelines and requirements of the online submission systems will be “unsubmitted” prior to any editorial review so that they can be made compliant by the author(s).

Reporting guidelines . CJOT requires the use of relevant reporting guidelines for all full length research studies where there are guidelines available. Refer to the Equator Network site for relevant reporting guidelines. At this time authors are expected to follow the relevant guideline; however, the completed guideline checklist does not have to be uploaded to the system. This requirement may change in 2017. Starting January 1, 2016, all clinical trials must be registered to be considered for publication (see Chan & Heinemann )

Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE), regarding plagiarism and requirements pertaining to authorship.  Please read the CJOT April 2015 Editorial for more information.

Research ethics board approval
CJOT requires that ALL research involving human subjects receives ethical approval from a recognized institutional or external review board and that a hard copy of the ethics approval letter be uploaded at the time of submission. Because CJOT is a research journal, we view all submissions through a research lens and do not publish program evaluation or quality improvement projects. Program evaluation or quality improvement projects are undertaken to evaluate the outcomes of a specific program/process for an organization without the intention to publish. Research is undertaken with a broader focus, the findings are well situated within the literature, and there is an expectation of dissemination from its inception. Thus, researchers, who are undertaking a program evaluation or quality improvement project that they feel may have a broader relevance, must have their studies reviewed by a review board under the guise of a research study if they want to seek publication in CJOT, and they must have received ethical approval. The point of obtaining ethical approval is to ensure that the study has followed the requirements outlined by the Declaration of Helsinki. It also ensures complete transparency whereby all participants understand that the findings will be published broadly, and they agree to this goal.

RoMEO Green policy information on copyright and permitted use. CJOT is a RoMEO green journal.

Publishing queries:

If you have a query about the content of your manuscript as it pertains to CJOT mission, vision, and scope, please e-mail the Editor-in-chief, Dr. Cathrine Vallée at

If you have a query about the status of a manuscript under review , please e-mail CAOT Director of Knowledge Translation Programs, Julie Lapointe at 

For more information about SAGE publishing policies on copyright and permissions, author e-prints, corrections policy, conflicting interests, funding, acknowledgements, and open access and author archiving visit the SAGE Publishing Journal Author Gateway .

To submit your manuscript for review in CJOT, please go to the CJOT manuscript central site.

Please direct all reprint requests to RightsLink® . If you wish to reproduce your own work, however, you may do so without completing a reprint request as along you provide the correct citation in your subsequent work.


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For information on the specifics of each of these bibliometrics, please visit: Brown, T. (2012). How does the CJOT measure up? Taking journal quality metrics into account. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy , 79 , 195–198. doi:10.2182/cjot.2012.79.4.1

February 2019 - present Catherine Vallée, PhD, erg.
May 2011–  present Helene. J. Polatajko, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), FCAOT, FCAHS
2006– May 2011 Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OTR/L
2002–2006 Fern Swedlove, BScOT
1983-2001 Geraldine Moore
1981-1982 Annette Rudy
1976-1980 Alice Lehrer
1974-1976 Rosalie Kupfer-Hallstuch
1971-1974 Sheila Majoribanks
1963-1971 Joan W. Crosby
1961-1962 D. W. Hillhouse
1959-1960 W. M. Irvine
1954-1958 Pat Fisher
1954 R. Ross
1949-1954 Beth Pierce Robinson
1938-1948 R. M. Franks
1936-1938 K. I. McMurrich (co-editor)
1933-1937 T. G. Heaton
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