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News from Member Organisations March 2023 - France

French Journal of Occupational Therapy: a new scientific journal to support occupational therapy practice, teaching and research in a European environment.

In relation to the significant increase of Occupational Therapists in Europe and the exponential number of demands for occupational therapy, the need to access evidence for practice in a European context is even more necessary. It appears essential to support occupational therapists in their practice, students, teachers, and researchers. In addition, occupational therapy educational programs are mostly implemented in an academic course and always more occupational therapists engage currently at Master and Doctorate level in disciplines related or directly based on Occupational science and Occupational Therapy.

It seems that the academic activities of European occupational therapists have developed to the point of being able to communicate in scientific journal. Several journals are nowadays disseminating research in Occupational Therapy findings, mostly in Anglo-Saxon context and requiring a paid subscription. Therefore, the FJOT was created in 2022. This new scientific journal aims to facilitate the sharing of research findings in a European context, and contribute to the increase of knowledge in a larger international context. It is supported by the French National Association of Occupational Therapists, which recognizes the development of research and the accessibility of its results as a major current issue for occupational therapy in the World. It is addressed to occupational therapists and any researcher with interests in the occupational, medical, psychological, social, economic, cultural, and technical aspects of occupational therapy and rehabilitation. Its purpose is to encourage the development of occupational therapy theory and practice to support effective intervention. The FJOT is an open access journal, and no fee of publication is required from for the authors. The board members assume that continuous and rapid publication of ideas and knowledge produced in Europe and in the world will be useful to all persons having interest in evidence in occupational therapy:

- For clinicians, to be updated on evidence and stay in the line of evidence-based practice.

- For students, to use relevant literature within their bachelor thesis and access evidence to create evidence-based interventions in occupational therapy.

- For lecturers, to foster the quality of teaching and maintain WFOT standards of level of studies.

- For researchers, to have a good dissemination of results and project within an open science philosophy.

- For policy makers and funders, to find evidence on effectiveness and relevance of occupational therapy.

The articles will be published, at the author's choice, in English or French. By this choice, FJOT wants to be an international meeting place where access to knowledge will be available to the greatest number of people having interest in occupational therapy and occupational science. The editorial board adopts a philosophy that is in line with the current movement in health sciences, rehabilitation sciences, and social sciences, relying on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. FJOT publishes original scientific articles (N-1 trials, randomized controlled trials [RCT], qualitative studies, mix-methods...), literature reviews (scoping reviews, systematic reviews or meta-analyses, …), short articles, editorials. Narrative reviews, case studies, opinion articles, testimonials or summary sheets (reading, methodology) are not accepted.

We are delighted to start this new journal and invite you all to join us in this adventure as author, reviewer or associate editor. For this, create your profile here, submit an article or add your thematic of interest. You can also contact the FJOT board members on the official website for any questions.

We are looking forward to making this journal live with you!

The Board Members of the FJOT, [email protected]

Noémie Luthringer-Kauffmann, OT, MSc.1, Marielle André, OT, MSc., PhD Cand.2, Samuel Pouplin, OT, PhD, HDR3, Claire Camus Corvée, OT1

1 Private practice

2 LP3C Laboratory, University of Rennes 2, Living Lab Ageing and Vulnerabilities, HOPPEN

3 Director of the Research Unit UR 20201 ERPHAN, University of Versailles Saint Quentin, Paris-Saclay, France. New Technologies Platform, R. Poincaré Hospital, Garches (Fr-92)