South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

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

Aims and Scope of SAJOT

SAJOT publishes and disseminates research articles that contribute to the scientific knowledge of the profession and its outcomes with particular reference to service delivery in Africa. It provides a platform for debate about issues relevant to OT 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. Therefor 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  see .

Post acceptance publication fee

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

Please note that authors from LMIC countries may also apply for exemption or reduction of the publication fee.

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

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

Submitting an article to SAJOT

Before submitting an article, a user name and password must be obtained from the editor. Send the title page of the article to and a password will be issued to you. Follow the submission steps once you have logged on with this user name and password. The Guide to submitting an article to SAJOT should be consulted before an article is submitted. Please note that all articles must undergo a plagiarism check before submission and the report must submiittedf together with the article.

The team managing the articles consists of the following members:

Editor in Chief - Blanche Pretorius

Managing Editor - Marjorie Concha

Assistant Editors:

     Dain van der Reyden

     Denise Franszen

     Hester van Biljon

     Janine van der Linde


Members of the Edtorial Board  are listed under the tab "About/People"


 The articles published in the following editions of SAJOT can be found in pdf format by clicking on the Archives section and clicking on the relevant journal volume:

Vol 40, No 3, 2010; Vol 41, Nos 1 - 3, 2011;  Vol 42, Nos 1-3, 2012; Vol 43, Nos 1-3, 2013; Vol 44,  Nos 1-3, 2014; Vol 45, Nos 1-3, 2015; Vol 46, Nos 1-3, 2016; Vol 47, No 1-3, 2017, Vol 48 No 1,2018

The most recent edition ie Vol 48, No 2,  2018 is to be found below.


Vol 48, No 3 (2018): The South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

Table of Contents



Editorial Comment

Lee Randall


Kirsty van Stormbroek, Helen Buchanan
Daniel Ferreira Dahdah, Regina Helena Vitale Torkomian Joaquim
Gloria Refilwe Pila-Nemutandani
Lucinda Venter, Janet Richmond, Myra Taylor
Marieta Visser, Mariette Nel
Jacintha Smit, Jo-Celene De Jongh, Ray Anne Cook
Luther Lebogang Monareng, Denise Franzsen, Hester van Biljon


Susan Carol Philpott

Position Paper

Enabling community mobility through driver evaluation and rehabilitation: The role of occupational therapists.
Position paper on spirituality in occupational therapy
64 - 65


Guidlines for publishing in SAJOT
66 - 71
Guide to reviewing an an article for SAJOT