Journal of Occupational Science Call for Contributions

Special Issue: Occupational Science Across the World Featuring Papers from the 2018 WFOT Congress

Journal of Occupational Science

Capitalising on the rich contributions to occupational science to be presented at the 2018 WFOT Congress “Connected in Diversity: Positioned for Impact“, The Journal of Occupational Science is calling for papers based on oral presentations and workshops at the congress as well as new submissions from Africa relevant to occupation and important societal issues.

Papers may present research findings; demographic trends; theoretical, historical or cross-cultural perspectives; critical perspectives; or systematic reviews of the literature. This issue aims to reflect current issues and developments, and to bring new voices to the occupational science discourse to reflect the diverse perspectives on occupation that exist around the world. Although the papers originate in an occupational therapy context, perspectives on therapy are not the focus.

Relevant topics include:

  • Perspectives on occupation from beyond a western perspective.
  • Celebrating occupation, including transmission of culture through occupation and its transformative power for communities as well as individuals.
  • Specific types of occupation: volunteer, work, play, rewarding, educational, developmental, community-building, restorative, queer, protest, forced, unsanctioned, illegal, unhealthy.
  • Family occupations (across the lifespan), including ecocultural perspectives of children’s participation, the occupations of mothers and fathers, the occupational implications of gender transitions within families, the experience of employment or unemployment, retirement, occupational engagement and ageing (including patterns of participation and trends over time).
  • Occupational justice, including discussion of occupational apartheid, the freedom to do and be, conceptual models of occupational deprivation, how social constructions of diversity impact people’s occupations, strategies for advancing occupational justice, survival tasks, the intersection of occupational justice and territory, the impact of racism and exclusion, human trafficking, and theoretical perspectives of occupational justice.
  • Occupational disadvantage of minority groups.
  • Occupational consciousness.
  • Categorisation of occupation.
  • The meaning of occupations to society, communities or individuals.
  • The relationship of environment and occupation, including accessibility and wayfinding, the impact of resource abundance or scarcity, and incarceration.
  • The intersection of identity and occupation, including the impact of disability.
  • Topics relevant to teaching and learning occupation including how people learn the meaning of occupation or which occupations are valued or sanctioned, how limited access to occupation impedes learning, how theories of occupation might be taught, and specifically developed teaching tools.

Submissions Information

Deadline for submissions: June 22, 2018
Anticipated date of publication: October 2019, JOS 27(4).

Submit your manuscript online:

Additional instructions for authors can be found, here.

Submissions in Spanish:

To broaden international representation with the occupational science literature, the Journal of Occupational Science is trialling submission and review in Spanish, with translation into English completed after papers are accepted. We welcome Spanish submissions to this Special Issue.

Please contact Lilian Magalhães; for instructions. Depending on how the trial goes, the Journal of Occupational Science may expand this service to other language groups in the future.

Artículos en Español:

Para ampliar la representación internacional con la literatura de ciencia ocupacional, the Journal of Occupational Science está probando la presentación y revisión en español, con la traducción al inglés completada una vez que se aceptan los trabajos. Damos la bienvenida a los envíos en español a este número especial.

Por favor, póngase en contacto con Lilian Magalhaes; para obtener instrucciones.

Editorial information

  • Executive Editor: Dr Clare Hocking