Philosophy of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy

OJOT is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal with a mission to publish high quality articles that focus on applied research, practice, and education in the occupational therapy profession. For more information, please see The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy About this Journal page.

OJOT strives to meet the needs of its authors, reviewers, and readers and will consider any feedback that may improve the quality of the journal. You may at ot-ojot@wmich.edu.

OJOT follows the recommendations of The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and maintains fair and ethical publishing practices with clear policies to protect the integrity of the journal. Any fraudulent practices including predatory publishing practices or editorial instructions leading to excessive, inauthentic journal self-citation are unacceptable. Please continue reading this page to learn about the policies we follow.

Rights for Authors, Readers, and ScholarWorks at WMU

As described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, no copyright agreement form needs to be completed. OJOT is an open journal and therefore all authors retain the copyright of their manuscripts even after they have been published. Authors must, however, provide copyright permission for any copyrighted tables, figures, illustrations, appendices, or lengthy quotations that are used in the manuscript.

Copyright statement: Copyright transfer agreements are not obtained by The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT). Reprint permission for this article should be obtained from the corresponding author(s).

Open access statement: This is an open access journal which means that all content is immediately freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, or print full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. To copy or distribute individual articles, obtain permission from the corresponding author(s).

Creative Commons License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Confidentiality: Manuscripts submitted to OJOT are privileged communications that are authors’ private property. Editors of OJOT do not share any information about manuscripts, including review status, criticism by reviewers, and decisions, to anyone other than the authors and reviewers. Reviewers and editors keep manuscripts and the information they contain strictly confidential. Reviewers may not publicly discuss the authors’ work or appropriate authors’ ideas before the manuscript is published. Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their personal use and should destroy paper copies (if applicable) and delete electronic copies after submitting their reviews. When a manuscript is rejected, the copy is retained in the electronic system but is accessible only by necessary, authorized editors for statistical purposes only. If confidentiality must be breached for allegations of dishonesty or fraught, editors will notify authors or reviewers.

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the ScholarWorks at WMU website and/or software agree not to misuse the ScholarWorks at WMU service or software in any way.

The failure of ScholarWorks at WMU to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between ScholarWorks at WMU and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

External linking: OJOT does not endorse or take responsibility or liability for any content, sponsorship, products, or other materials on linked web sites, and does not take responsibility for the linked sites’ availability.

Please at ot-ojot@wmich.edu with questions regarding use.

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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner(s) to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Article Submission Agreement
All author(s) must agree with our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement) upon manuscript submission. The Submission Agreement includes author(s) approval, author(s) contribution verification(s), author(s) agreement of submission, acceptance of responsibility for article content, conflict of interest, financial disclosure, and declaration of exclusive submission. By accepting the Submission Agreement, all authors agree that the terms are true.
If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, please at ot-ojot@wmich.edu.

Plagiarism Policy
All accepted manuscripts are subject to copyediting. During the copyediting process, the manuscript is actively screened for any potentially libelous and plagiarized content by thorough review of all citations and references. If such content is suspected, resolution is made at the discretion of the editors. During the copy editing process, it is OJOT's policy to check every reference, whether it is quoted or not, and read each source for accuracy and plagiarism. Edits are made to the article to remove any potential plagiarism. In 2017 OJOT began using a plagiarism detection software, iThenticate. This software is designed for publishers and editors to check submissions for originality and to prevent plagiarism in published works. Journals and publishers that use this software include Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley-Blackwell. iThenticate partners with ProQuest and Crossref.

Conflicts of Interest
When authors submit a manuscript to OJOT, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias or be seen to bias their work. Upon acceptance of a submission for publication, authors will be directed to individually complete and submit the ICMJE Conflicts of Interest Form (available at: http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/) to the editors of OJOT. The purpose of the form is to provide readers with information about the author's or authors' interests that could influence how readers receive and understand the work. Purposeful failure to disclose conflicts of interest is a form of misconduct.

Journal Editors and Reviewers
Editorial decisions are based on the relevance of a manuscript to OJOT and on the manuscript's originality, quality, and contribution to evidence about important questions. Editors who make final decisions about manuscripts submitted to OJOT will recuse themselves from editorial decisions if they have conflicts of interest or relationships that pose potential conflicts related to articles under review. Editors of OJOT will not use information submitted to or published in OJOT for private gain. This includes guest editors.

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Publication Fees

As of January 1, 2020 the policy is as follows: Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the primary author must pay a processing fee of $300.00 U.S. dollars and each additional author must pay $100.00 U.S. dollars.
There is no cost to submit an article to OJOT for review. Because OJOT is an open journal, the authors maintain the copyright and therefore are entitled to any future profits from the publication. Additionally, this publication fee includes professional copy editing services for all manuscripts. The publication fee is requested upon acceptance of the article for publication and is nonrefundable. The publication fee is subject to change at the Advisory and Editorial Boards' discretion.

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Formatting Requirements

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy provides guidelines regarding the formatting of articles upon submission. Please see the Author Guidelines page for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a Microsoft Word or RTF file that can be converted to a high-quality PDF file for publication.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

Last updated 1/30/2020

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