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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

Current Issue

Vol. 54 No. 1 (2024)
Published April 12, 2024



 Quick Links: Guidelines for Publishing (pdf) | Guidelines for Reviewing (pdf)

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The South African Journal of Occupational Therapy (SAJOT) is the official journal of the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA) and is a leading publication for research into occupational therapy in Africa.

Contact the Editorial Team at 

Aims and Scope of SAJOT

SAJOT publishes and disseminates research articles that contribute to the scientific knowledge of the profession and its outcomes with particular reference to service delivery in Africa. It provides a platform for debate about issues relevant to Occupational Therapy in Africa which will also contribute to the development of the profession worldwide.

This journal provides open access to its content immediately at the time of publication of an edition on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Therefor all articles that are published in SAJOT may be found on this web site (see below) and under the tab Archives. They may also be found on the following web sites: SciELO, EBSCOHost, OTDBase, OT Search and ProQuest. In addition articles are preserved via Portico.  See .

Post acceptance publication fee

In line with the policy of most Open Access Journals, all submissions to the SAJOT are subject to a publication fee of R5000-00 per article once the submission is accepted for publication. This post-acceptance publication fee will be applied to cover both retrospective and prospective processes involved in peer reviewed articles. OTASA members are exempt from the R5000 publication fee as a benefit of their membership. The publication fee is not payable if at least one author is a registered OTASA member. Authors may also sign up to become OTASA members for the year instead of paying the publication fee, prior to publication.

Please note that authors from LMIC countries (particularly those in Africa) may also apply for exemption or reduction of the publication fee.

Please note that SAJOT does not accept pre-prints at this time.

Additional details can be found in the Guide to submitting an article.

Submitting an article to SAJOT

Before submitting an article, a user name and password must be obtained from the editor. Send the title page of the article to and a password will be issued to you. Follow the submission steps once you have logged on with this user name and password. The Guide to submitting an article to SAJOT should be consulted before an article is submitted. Please note that all articles must undergo a plagiarism check before submission and the report must submitted together with the article.

All articles undergo a blind review by at least two reviewers who are experts in the field. The reviewers may recommend that the article be accepted, requires revisions, be resubmitted for another review or the submission may be declined.

Full Issue

Systematic/Integrative/Rapid Reviews

Janke Van der Walt, Madri Engelbrecht, Hester M van Biljon, Shaheed M Soeker
Occupational therapy interventions for Autistism Spectrum Disorders – a Rapid Review
Hester M van Biljon, Madri Engelbrecht, Janke van der Walt, Shaheed M Soeker
Occupational therapy practice with burn injuries. A rapid review
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Welcome to the South African Journal of Occupational Therapy (SAJOT). SAJOT is the official Journal of the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA) and is a leading publication for research into occupational therapy in Africa.

SAJOT is and open access journal and is accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). SAJOT is also available on the EBSCO, SciELO, OTSEARCH, PROQUEST and DNE academic databases.

Publication Frequency: Three issues of the Journal are published per year (in April, August and December).

As Author:

In order to obtain a username and password, send the title page of your submission to the Editor in Chief at Once registered, log on to the website and follow the easy steps to upload your submission and all the required metadata as outlined in the Guidelines to Authors.

As Reviewer:

To register as a reviewer for the SAJOT, send your request plus an abbreviated curriculum vitae highlighting your field(s) of expertise to the Editor in Chief at  Once your application has been approved, you will receive a username and password to access any submissions assigned to you.

The team managing the articles consists of the following members:

Editor in Chief - Blanche Pretorius

Managing Editor - Hester van Biljon

Assistant Editors: Pamela Gretschel, Janine van der Linde

Members of the Editorial  Board  are listed under the tab "About/People"

The articles published in the following editions of SAJOT can be found in pdf format by clicking on the Archives section and clicking on the relevant journal volume:

Vol 40, No 3, 2010; Vol 41, Nos 1 - 3, 2011;  Vol 42, Nos 1-3, 2012; Vol 43, Nos 1-3, 2013; Vol 44,  Nos 1-3, 2014; Vol 45, Nos 1-3, 2015; Vol 46, Nos 1-3, 2016; Vol 47, No3 1-3, 2017, Vol 48 Nos 1 -3, 2018, Vol 49 Nos 1-3 2019, Vol 50 No1 2020, Vol 50 No2, Vol 30 No 3, Vol 51 No 1, Vol 51 No 2, Vol 51 No 3, Vol 51 No 4 (Special Edition).