About British Journal of Sports Medicine

Aims and Scope

British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) is a multi-media portal that provides original research, reviews and debate relating to clinically-relevant aspects of sport and exercise medicine, including physiotherapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation. We contribute to innovation (research), education (teaching and learning) and knowledge translation (implementing research into practice and policy). Our web, print, video and audio material, combined with active social media, serves the international community of clinicians who treat active people.


BJSM, published semi-monthly and co-owned with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, is a membership benefit for nineteen leading international sports medicine and physiotherapy organisations who have over 10,000 members. For more information please refer to the affiliations section below.


Injury Prevention and Health Protection

Injury Prevention and Health Protection (IPHP) are regular themed issues of the journal publishing research and educational articles relevant to protecting the health of professional and amateur athletes. These issues are supported by the International Olympic Committee.

Journal Statistics

Acceptance rate 10% for original research submitted in 2015
Time from submission to first decision 21 days
Time from acceptance to publication 17 days (online)
3 months (print)
Frequency 24 issues in 2015 (20 BJSM, 4 IPHP)
Impact factor 6.724
Indexed by Index Medicus (Medline), ISI Current Contents (Web of Science), Excerpta Medica (Embase)
Launch date 1966
ISSN of BJSM 0306-3674
ISSN of BJSM Online 1473-0480

Contact Information

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For Authors

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Rights and Permissions

Copyright and Permissions Guidelines


Members of the following twenty three organisations receive BJSM in print and/or online as a benefit of membership; many endorse BJSM as their official journal.

The BMJ Publishing Group is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.

Equator The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting accurate, transparent reporting of research studies. The BMJ Group is a sponsor of its activities.

AllTrials logoBMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.

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