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Twitter handles – BJSM encourages the inclusion of Twitter usernames in an author’s information to encourage discussion and debate around each article.

 

Editorial policy

The British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) aims to highlight clinically-relevant orginal research, editorials, systematic reviews, consensus statements and commentary that will be of interest to the field of sport and exercise medicine. The journal is aimed at physicians, physiotherapists, exercise scientists and those involved in public policy.

Please note that references will be published online only.

Open Access

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £1,950 (plus applicable VAT).

We do not offer refunds for Open Access once articles have been published.

 

Colour figure charges

During submission you will be asked whether or not you agree to pay for the colour print publication of your colour images. This service is available to any author publishing within this journal for a fee of £250 per article. Authors can elect to publish online in colour and black and white in print, in which case the appropriate selection should be made upon submission.

 

General guidelines

All articles require a Title page, stating Title, Authors, their affiliations, Corresponding author’s contact details and Keywords. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and references. Supplementary material (e.g. additional tables, figures and text files) can be published online only and isn’t included in the word count. If you are not a native English speaker there is a professional editing service available. Authors may find it useful to consult our pre-submission checklist.

 

Article types and word counts

Review articles: systematic reviews and narrative reviews
Consensus statements
Original Article
Discussion
Editorials
Education reviews
Bright spots: physical activity investments that work
The BJSM PhD Academy Awards
Mobile app User Guide
Infographics
Letters to the Editor
Correspondence
Supplements
Preferred reviewers
Plagiarism detection

Review articles

Review articles should provide in-depth (in the order of 4000-4500 words) reviews of both established and new areas in sports and exercise medicine. If you feel your review warrants additional length, consult the editorial office and/or mention the reason in your Cover letter.

Systematic reviews

Systematic reviews provide Level One evidence; they form a critical part of the literature.

Word count:

up to 4500 words

Abstract:

up to 250 words

Tables/illustrations:

Maximum 6 tables and/or figures

References:

up to 100

Checklist:

Prisma checklist/statement and flowchart
MCQs required

Narrative reviews

We consider narrative reviews of general topics of importance to the sports and exercise medicine clinician. Authors should clearly outline in their cover letter why a narrative review is appropriate rather than a systematic review.

All titles should include ‘a Narrative Review’.

Please include a summary box summarising in 3-4 bullet points ‘What is already known’ and ‘What are the new findings’.

Word count:

up to 4000 words

Abstract:

up to 250 words

Tables/illustrations:

Maximum 6 tables and/or figures

References:

up to 80
MCQs required

Consensus statements

Please follow the steps in the Agree Reporting Checklist and upload as Research Checklist when submitting your article.

Word count and references can be discussed with the editor.

Original Article

Original Research should not exceed 3000 words;  Additional data may be presented as supplementary information, which will be published online only should the article be accepted (this can be in any format: text, tables, images, videos, etc.).

Main body of the paper: We encourage short introductions when the rationale of the study is obvious, i.e. it may be as short as 3 short paragraphs if that addresses “Why we did it”.

We encourage the use of subheadings in the methods, results and discussion. We find it hard to imagine a discussion that has fewer than two subheadings.

Word count:

up to 3000 words

Abstract:

up to 250 words and structured including the headings Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusion

Tables/illustrations:

up to 6 tables and/or figures
Please include a summary box summarising in 3-4 bullet points “what are the new findings”.

Discussion

This type of paper makes a comment related to a hot topic; it differs from an editorial in that it might be wider ranging and it may link (discuss) a series of papers. As with an editorial, these should be written in less than 800 words and use 8 or less references.

Editorials

BJSM welcomes editorials. The purpose of an editorial is to provide a novel perspective on a clinically relevant issue. Please see the table of contents of BJSM for examples. We welcome suggestions for possible topics and authors.

Word count:

up to 800 words

References:

up to 8

Additional material can be posted as supplementary information (this can be hyperlinked) or on the BJSM Blog.

Education reviews

These are written or commissioned by the editors and should follow the proforma guidelines that will be supplied by the editorial office.

The BJSM PhD Academy Awards

Objectives:

Format:

Each submission to follow the below structure;

Specific rules/eligibility criteria:

To be eligible to enter the PhD Academy Awards, the author must have successfully defended his/her PhD between June to May (e.g. to enter the 2017/18 awards, the author must have successfully defended his/her PhD between June 2017 and May 2018).

There is a special case for eligibility in the 2016/17 round: to be eligible, the author must have successfully defended his/her PhD between January 2016 and May 2017.

Word count:

up to 600words

References:

up to 6

Bright spots: physical activity investments that work

manuscript structure:

A brief graphic “Programme Card” containing information on:

 

Background and description of key features of the programme

 

Elaboration on the programme’s success, suggested headings:

 

We encourage inclusion of

 

Mobile app user guide

BJSM welcomes reviews of mobile sporting apps that have the potential for clinical use in the world of sports medicine. Such submissions should follow the format below:

Author:

Name, address, email and Twitter handle (if you have one)

Name of the mobile application:

e.g. Strava

Category of the mobile application:

e.g. Fitness or health

Platform:

e.g. iOS (iPhone 4 & above), Android (versions 2.3.3 & above), Google Glass and over 50 GPS devices (e.g. Garmin) can upload date onto the Strava website

Cost:

The different versions available of an app and their particular pricings

About the App:

Should be less than 300 words

Use in clinical practice:

Should be less than 150 words

Pros:

Up to eight bullet points, but no less than three

Cons:

Up to eight bullet points, but no less than three

References:

References – References are not essential and the maximum required is four

Screen shot:

Please provide an image of the app, such as a screen shot, for use in the article. The quality of the image must be at least 300dpi and in .tif, .jpeg, .gif or .eps format

Infographics

Image:

1 infographic

Word count:

Up to 400

References:

Up to 5

Abstract:

None

Letters to the editor

Word count:

up to 600 words

Abstract:

not required

Tables/Illustrations:

Maximum 1 tables and/or figures

References:

Maximum 6

Letters to the Editor undergo the same review process as full length papers.

You will be asked to add a title page including Title, authors, affiliations, contact details. Financial associations or other possible conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

Correspondence

Correspondence in reference to a BJSM article must not exceed 400 words and up to 6 references and must be received within three weeks of publication of the article. If you are responding to an Online First article that does not have a print publication date, the article will be listed under “Online Articles”.
You will be asked to add a title page including Title, authors, affiliations, contact details. Financial associations or other possible conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

Supplements

The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines (PDF).

 

Video abstracts

We welcome video abstracts to accompany accepted research articles. These allow authors to personally talk through their work beyond the restrictions of a formal article to improve the user’s understanding.

Note that we will not ask you to consider submitting a video abstract until your paper has been accepted. Please do not try to upload a video abstract upon initial submission of your manuscript.

There are many tutorials online which can guide the production of a video abstract, using widely and often freely available software.Windows Movie Maker and Apple iMovie are the most common examples. Examples of video abstracts are available from The BMJ. Below are a few guidelines for making a video abstract. Authors may also want to ask their institution’s press/media office for assistance.

Videos are too large to email so will need to be uploaded to BMJ’s account on the Hightail website. Please include the journal’s name and your manuscript ID number in the message field – this will enable us to match your video to your paper. Your video needs to be received by the time that you return the corrections for your article proof, at the very latest. Please note that if you do not correctly label your video or if you miss the deadline, this may cause delays in publication of both your article and the video.

All video abstracts will be assessed for suitability by the editorial team and publication is not guaranteed. In some cases editors may request edits to the video.

Video abstracts are embedded within the research article online and also published separately on the journal’s YouTube channel. They are published under the same copyright terms as the associated article.

Preferred reviewers

Please suggest up to four reviewers who the editors can approach to review if needed. First name, last name, institution and email are required. You are required to suggest at least two reviewers, and preferably, at least half of the nominated reviewers should be from a country other than your own. Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted.

Plagiarism detection

BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.