Journal quality metrics: how does BJOT measure up?
Article Type: Editorial
Subject: Occupational therapy (Forecasts and trends)
Trade and professional associations (Aims and objectives)
Trade and professional associations (Services)
Authors: Brown, Ted
Williams, Brett
Pub Date: 04/01/2011
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: April, 2011 Source Volume: 74 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 010 Forecasts, trends, outlooks; 220 Strategy & planning; 360 Services information Computer Subject: Market trend/market analysis
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 254827346
Full Text: Increasingly, occupational therapy researchers, academics, educators and others who publish articles in peer-reviewed journals are being asked to provide information about the quality and impact of those publications (Johnstone 2007). This information often takes the form of journal quality metrics (JQMs) (also referred to as bibliometrics), which are being used as a measure of an individual's research and professional success, merit and prestige.

Currently, the primary JQM points of reference used by universities, research review agencies, funding bodies and employers are those published by the Thomson Scientific ISI Web of Knowledge and reported in Journal Citation Reports (JCR) (Garfield 2006). Journals have to apply formally to get listed on the JCR database; however, although many apply, only a select few get accepted.

One key JQM that is calculated in the JCR is the Impact Factor (IF), a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year (Garfield 2006). Another quality metric often reported is the Journal Ranking of a publication on the JCR database. The journalIFs are a major focus in many academic and research circles.

Presently, only a few occupational therapy journals are on the JCR database (which generates IF data); these are the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT), Occupational Therapy Journal of Research (OTJR), Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy (HKJOT), Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (AOTJ) and Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy (SJOT). The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) has ambitions to be included on the JCR database (Craik 2010).

It is important to note that there are severalother JQM alternatives, in addition to the IF option, that occupational therapy authors can consider, including the Eigenfactor[TM] Score, Article Influence[TM] Score, h-index (also referred to as the Hirsch index), SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP). These other JQMs can be an important reference point for therapists who publish and, it is to be hoped, will encourage authors to publish in journals that are relevant to the discipline.

This leads to the question: how does BJOT measure up? Table 1 reports the JQMs for six occupational therapy journals. This provides an indication of how BJOT measures up in comparison with the other JQMs of other occupational therapy journals. Prospective authors are encouraged to make an active contribution to BJOT's JQMs by submitting quality manuscripts to it for peer review (and potential publication if accepted) and citing articles recently published in it.

Key words: Journal publication, impact factor, peer review.

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

Garfield E (2006) The history and meaning of the journal impact factor. Journal of the American Medical Association, 295(1), 90-93. Johnstone M (2007) Journal impact factors: implications for the nursing profession. International Nursing Review, 54(1), 35-40.

Ted Brown (1) and Brett Williams (1)

(1) Associate Professor and Postgraduate Coordinator, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University--Peninsula Campus, Frankston, Victoria, Australia.

(2) Senior Lecturer, Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University--Peninsula Campus, Frankston, Victoria, Australia.

Corresponding author: Dr Ted Brown, Associate Professor and Postgraduate Coordinator, Department of Occupational Therapy, Monash University--Peninsula Campus, Building G, 4th Floor, McMahons Road, PO Box 527, Frankston, Victoria, Australia 3199. Email:

DOI: 10.4276/030802211X13021048723093
Table 1. Journal quality metrics for occupational therapy journals

        Impact    Journal    SCImago    h-index *     Source
        Factor      Rank     Journal                Normalised
                              Rank *                Impact per
                                                     Paper **

BJOT      N/A       N/A       0.036        23         0.48
CJOT      N/A       N/A       0.047        26         0.96
AJOT     1.419     17/55      0.072        38         1.42
AOTJ     0.438     31/36      0.044        16         0.77
SJOT      N/A       N/A       0.056        15         1.04
OTJR     0.358     50/55      0.036        19         0.52

CJOT = Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. N/A = not available.

* SJR and h-index available from:

** SNIP available from:
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