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About The AIOTA

The All India Occupational Therapists' Association (AIOTA) was founded by an American lady Mrs. Kamala Vishnu Nimbkar nee Elizabeth Lundy in the year 1952. She was its Founder President and held this office till 1959. AIOTA is also one of the Founder Council Members of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) (http://www.wfot.org) which too came to existence in 1952. The AIOTA is registered under Bombay Public Trust Act, Bombay on 29th June 1955, vide Registration No. E-1118 (Bom.) On 14th November 1950, the First OT School in India and Asia imparting Diploma Program was inaugurated by Union Health Minister Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, at King VII Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai with Mrs. Kamala Vishnu Nimbkar as its Honorary Director. This program was accredited by the AIOTA in 1952 and was approved by the WFOT in the year 1954. Many students from Sri Lanka, Malaya, Indonesia and other south east countries were educated at this center and spread the word of Occupational Therapy (OT) in Asian region. Please visit http://www.aiota.org for more details about the AIOTA.

About Occupational Therapy

  • Occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. It includes things people need to, want to and are expected to do. Occupational Therapy is thus an applied science of the modern health care system based on scientific reasoning that enhances ability of client to participate in purposeful occupational tasks.  Occupational therapists believe that participation can be supported or restricted by the physical, affective or cognitive abilities of the individual, the characteristics of the occupation, or the physical, social, cultural, attitudinal and legislative environments. Therefore, occupational therapy practice is focused on enabling individuals to change aspects of their person, the occupation, the environment, or some combination of these to enhance occupational participation. Occupational Therapy helps individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, or populations to develop strategies and opportunities to maximize the engagement in one’s 'occupations' includes things people need to, want to and are expected to do according to their living context. Occupational Therapists use a scientific approach based on evidence and clinical reasoning for their decision-making process.
  • Occupational Therapists serve all age groups and every condition/ pathology that may cause or pose a risk to limit "occupational" (human) performance. They have well-established clinical roles globally. In contemporary work environments, occupational therapists are often members of multiple teams, which may include other occupational therapists, health professionals, and/or non-health professionals. They work within a multicultural society, remaining cognizant of their own cultural values whilst also striving to understand and respect the particular cultural context of their clients.
  • The AIOTA is regularly organizing annual national conferences with international participation in different regions of the country to update members on recent advances and research in the areas of vivid interest. The first such national conference was organized in 1953 at Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  • Academic Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOT) of the AIOTA founded in 1983, is an authorized key academic body of the AIOTA, constituted to maintain the minimum standards of Occupational Therapy Education in India, as required by the WFOT and academic uniformity in education in India. ACOT is responsible to accredit Occupational Therapy education programs in India with the laid down procedures, issues certificate of registration to practice Occupational Therapy in India, conduct academic courses and Continued Occupational Therapy Education (COTE) Programs to update members with recent advancements. It also develops undergraduate & postgraduate syllabus and promotes research in occupational therapy across India.
  • The first issue of The Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy (IJOT), an official publication of the AIOTA was published in 1955 and since 1956 with ISSN to date, with Print ISSN No.: 0445-7706. The first journal was published in 1955 before ISSN registration. The IJOT now developed as a peer reviewed journal, indexed/abstracted in many national & international databases, is mandated to publish original scientific research papers, review papers, case reports and preliminary articles on all aspects of occupational therapy. It was registered in 1957 with Office of the Registrar of News Papers of India vide Registration No. 1653/57 with Mrs. Kamala Nimbkar as its first Editor. The abbreviated key title for citation is Indian J. Occup. Ther. Please visit: http://www.ijotonweb.org and https://aiota.org/login for more information about the IJOT. For online submission/review on online management system please visit the Wolter Kluwer - Medknow’s IJOT’s journal on web (JoW) site: https://review.jow.medknow.com/ijoth


  About the Journal

The Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy, a publication of The All India Occupational Therapists’ Association, is a peer-reviewed print + online Quarterly journal. The journal's full text is available online at http://www.ijotonweb.org. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ex Libris – Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, National Science Library, ProQuest, TDNet, Wanfang Data

The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:
Indian Citation Index

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Digital Archiving

Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


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  The Scope of the journal

The journal will cover technical and clinical studies related to health, ethical and social issues in field of occupational therapy. The Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy (IJOT) publishes original scientific research papers, review papers, case reports, preliminary articles, and letters to the editor, editorials, guest editorials, and conference abstracts, on all aspects of Occupational Therapy. .Articles with clinical interest and implications will be given preference.

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