Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
47 days*
Acceptance to publication:
16 days*
Impact Factor (JCR):
Impact Factor rank (JCR):
2023 total content views:
3.77 million

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.
BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine is a companion journal to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. For information about the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Plan S compliance

British Journal of Sports Medicine is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and  Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.


Injury Prevention and Health Protection

Injury Prevention and Health Protection (IPHP) is an extra edition of the BJSM sponsored and edited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC Medical and Scientific Commission are responsible for the editing of four extra issues of the BJSM each year. These four issues are dedicated to Injury Prevention & Health Protection from elite sports to the recreational level, and are the official scientific forum of the IOC for the publication of medical research conducted at the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games, and as a result of IOC consensus meetings and projects conducted at the IOC Research Centres.

BJSM Education

BJSM has a wealth of educational material available on its Education page, including videos, toolkits, ECG interpretations, and interactive BMJ Learning modules.

Journal information

BJSM, published semi-monthly and co-owned with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, is a membership benefit for 25 leading international sports medicine and physiotherapy organisations who have over 10,000 members. For more information please refer to the affiliations section below.
Publication Model
Subscription; with hybrid open access option
24 issues (20 BJSM, 4 IPHP)
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded; Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2023

Speed Time to first decision without review: 3 days (median) Time to first decision with review: 47 days (median) Acceptance to publication: 16 days (median)
Impact Impact Factor category: Sport Sciences Impact Factor (JCR): 18.6 Impact Factor rank: 1/87 5 year Impact Factor: 17.4 Journal Citation Indicator: 4.25 Eigenfactor: 0.03831 Citescore: 25.1 Citescore rank: 1/298 Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 4.764
Reach 2023 total content views: 3.77 million 2023 total Altmetric mentions: 35,091
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The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure. How we get these metrics

Contact information

For all contact information please refer to the Contact Us page.

For authors

Please refer to the Instructions for Authors


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