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Occupational Therapy: Core OT Journals

A library resource guide for FGCU OT students.

Core Journals

So, what are "core journals?"

Core journals refer to the journals within a given specialty that are the most important ones for that specialty. They are frequently among the most well-known journals: the most often read, consulted, or cited by other researchers, educators, and practitioners within that specialty.

HINT: Core journals are also good journals for students to consult who are looking for research articles in a given speciality!

Where can I find the core OT journals?

Journal Tips:

  • For electronic/online journals: Remember to check the year/issue coverage for the eJournal! (The library may have the journal electronically, but not in the year you need.)
  • Don't be surprised if the same journal is found in more than one database. But again: check the year/issue coverage dates as different databases sometimes subscribe to different years of that journal.
  • If the journal is not available online, you can search the FGCU Library Catalog to see if we have a print copy on the shelf.  (Yes, journals still exist in print...)
  • If the journal is not available electronically or in print, you can request specific articles within a journal via InterLibrary Loan (aka Illiad.)


Core Journals in OT

These are the core 9 journals for the field of occupational therapy as identified in a 2010 JMLA article (Journal of the Medical Library Association), entitled: "Mapping the Literature of Occupational Therapy: An Update" by author Jonathan Potter, MLS, MA. An additional 120 journals were identified as "moderately important." Potter concluded: "Occupational therapy is a multidisciplinary field with a strong core identity and an increasingly diverse literature."

Core journals are listed alphabetically below. Links lead to journal access through FGCU Library, if available. Any information in quotes is direct from the journal's official website.

  1. American Journal of Occupational Therapy (official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association)
  2. American Journal of Recreation Therapy (this journal in a seamless flow from theory to proven application, strives with each issue to help recreational therapists make better quality of life a reality for their patients of all ages and stages of disability.)
  3. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (official journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
  4. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health (published quarterly by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Inc.; peer-reviewed international journal)
  5. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (also called Revue Canadienne d'Ergothérapie)
  6. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  7. British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  8. Occupational Therapy International (international peer-reviewed journal)
  9. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (official journal of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists)
  10. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics ("designed for PT and OT pediatric professionals in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, and health and human services agencies, the journal provides the latest clinical research and practical applications...")
  11. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
  12. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (peer-reviewed journal "advancing "theoretical and applied research as well as examine and evaluate clinical diagnoses and treatments for autism and related disabilities")
  13. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities