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.

Editorial Board

For information about the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


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.


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.

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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

Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency 24 issues (20 BJSM, 4 IPHP)
Launch date 1964
Digital Archive LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded; BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Life Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Impact Factor 11.645
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN 0306-3674
Online ISSN 1473-0480

Journal statistics (2019)

Acceptance rate 19%
Time from submission to first decision 20 days
Time from acceptance to publication (online) 16 days

Contact information

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

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Rights and permissions


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

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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.


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.

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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.