Achieving recognition for the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Article Type: Editorial
Subject: Occupational therapy (Research)
Anniversaries (Rites, ceremonies and celebrations)
Author: Craik, Christine
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
Publication: Name: British Journal of Occupational Therapy Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. ISSN: 0308-0226
Issue: Date: August, 2011 Source Volume: 74 Source Issue: 8
Topic: NamedWork: British Journal of Occupational Therapy (Nonfiction work) Event Code: 310 Science & research
Product: Product Code: 9108913 Anniversaries (Honors); 2721320 Scientific & Technical Journals NAICS Code: 92119 Other General Government Support; 51112 Periodical Publishers
Geographic: Geographic Scope: British Columbia Geographic Code: 1CBRI British Columbia
Accession Number: 265976934
Full Text: I am pleased to report that the British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) has been successful in its first application to the Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database. From volume 72(1) 2009, the journal is indexed and abstracted in: Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch[R]); Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition; Social Sciences Citation Index[R]; Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition; and Current Contents[R]/Social and Behavioral Sciences. Its first impact factor is anticipated in summer 2012.

Craik (2010) charted the progress of BJOT in its endeavours to achieve external recognition. Later, Brown and Williams (2011) explained journal quality metrics (JQMs) and the process of a journal applying for inclusion on the JCR database, from which impact factors are calculated as a measure of the frequency with which an average article in a journal has been cited in a specific year.

League tables are a feature of modern life and, regardless of our opinion of them, it is better to be included than not. This external recognition is important for BJOT and the College of Occupational Therapists. Brown (2011), in a comprehensive examination of JQMs, explained why occupational therapy researchers publish their work in non-occupational therapy journals. Unfortunately, the benefits of wider dissemination of the evidence for occupational therapy can be obscured if the contribution of the profession to the evidence is not made explicit. Now that BJOT is indexed, it is to be hoped that more occupational therapy researchers will resume submitting their research to it for publication.

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of BJOT, Scott (2007) acknowledged its function in disseminating knowledge worldwide. As the only monthly peer-reviewed international occupational therapy journal, it provides regular access to the latest occupational therapy research. Thus, it enables members to fulfil their obligation to remain aware of the current scope and practice of the profession. Recently, changes have been made to the way in which the journal is bound and distributed in order to reduce the costs of the print version. Its printers, The Lavenham Press, have implemented environmentally friendly practices for the last 20 years and are one of the few printers to be accredited with both the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in recognition of these efforts.

We are grateful for the contribution of current and former members of the Editorial Board in implementing the strategy that allowed us to make our application; the support of Council and officers of the College of Occupational Therapists; and the generosity of colleagues from the International Advisory Board and other occupational therapy journals in offering advice.

The Editorial Board and reviewers will strive to improve the quality of the articles published, but that also depends on the manuscripts submitted. The impact factor awarded will depend on how often recent articles published here are cited. So, the future of BJOT depends on you.

Key words: Journal impact factor, professional development, knowledge dissemination.

Brown T, Williams B (2011) Journal quality metrics: how does BJOT measure up? British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(4), 159.

Brown T (2011)The issue is ... Journal quality metrics: options to consider other than impact factors. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(3), 346-50.

Craik C (2010) We are ready to make an impact ... British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(9), 395.

Scott J (2007) British Journal of Occupational Therapy: 70 years on. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(7), 275.

Correspondence to: Christine Craik, Chairman, Editorial Board, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 106-114 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB. Email: christine.craik@hotmail.co.uk

DOI: 10.4276/030802211X13125646370762
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