rehabilitation; primary health care; occupational health; mental health; child development; occupational therapy; education; vocational rehabilitation; community-based therapy

About the Journal

Aims and Scope

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.

The Editorial Team can be contacted at

The SAJOT accepts research articles, scoping/integrative/systematic/rapid reviews, scientific letters, commentaries,  and opinion pieces. We publish and disseminate research articles that contribute to the scientific knowledge of the profession and its outcomes which have reference to service delivery in Africa.  This journal provides a platform for debate around 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. Therefore, 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 .

Article Processing Fees

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

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

What we publish

SAJOT accepts research studies, systematic/literature/integrative reviews, commentaries, opinion pieces and book reviews.

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

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

Editorial Team


The SAJOT Editorial Team consists of the Editor in Chief, the Managing Editor and two Assistant Editors. The Editorial Team operates under the policies and guidance of the Editorial Board.

OTASA Publications Committee Chairperson: Helen Buchanan

Editor in Chief:       Blanche Pretorius

Managing Editor:   Hester van Biljon

Section Editors:   Janine van der Linde

                               Pamela Gretschel               

Roles of Editorial Team members:

The Editor in Chief of the South African Journal of Occupational Therapy is responsible for the final decision on which articles submitted to the journal will be published. All manuscripts are assigned for blind peer review to two reviewers by the member of the editorial team to whom the submitted manuscript has been assigned. Each reviewer will make a recommendation to accept, reject or modify the manuscript. The editor considers these recommendations, as well as legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor may consult with the editorial board or reviewers in making final decision should any issues arise.

The Editor in Chief and editorial team members will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the political philosophy of the author/s.

The Editor in Chief and editorial team members will not disclose any information about a manuscript under review to anyone other than the author and the reviewers (or potential reviewers).

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The Editorial Board is a diverse panel of experts in research and publishing who are appointed by OTASA.

Role of the Editorial Board:

  • Sourcing peer reviewers: This is an integral part of being an editorial board member.
  • Journal ambassadors: Board members should act as ambassadors for the journal,
  • Sourcing potential authors, reviewers, readers, and potential subscribers in their region and encourage their students and colleagues to read and cite articles in the journal.
  • Editorial strategy advisors: Board members are involved in the development of the journal and should provide input and advice into the future strategy of the journal, considering topics such as:
  • What they see as the direction for the journal - is it meeting the needs of the scholarly community?
  • Competitor comparisons—what are other similar journals doing well?
  • Ideas and innovations—what is the future of scholarly publishing?
  • Reviewing the annual report of the Editor in Chief and deciding on ways to solve
  • identified problems.
  • Bringing public attention to the scientific content of the SAJOT through dissemination of information to the media, working in collaboration with the Publisher, the Occupational Therapy Association of Southern Africa (OTASA).

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

Publications Committee

The publications committee consists of the chairperson of the Publication Committee of OTASA,  Editor-in-Chief, the Editor of the OTASA newsletter (FOCUS), the SAJOT Managing Editor, and the SAJOT Assistant Editors. The chairperson of the Publications Committee conducts at least three meetings annually during which the chairperson will provide the Committee with an update on both publications, identify and discuss areas in need of performance improvement; and explore ideas for editorial development and potential enhancements to the publications. The Chairperson may consult with the Publisher (OTASA) and the Editorial Board on any issue raised by the Editorial committee.