British Journal of Sports Medicine

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British Journal of Sports Medicine  
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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Br. J. Sports. Med.
Discipline Sports medicine
Language English
Edited by Karim Khan
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency 24/year
Editor's choice articles and author-paid
ISSN 0306-3674 (print)
1473-0480 (web)
OCLC no. 890384547

The British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) is a peer-reviewed medical journal in the fields of sports science and sports medicine. It is published by the BMJ Group. It was established in 1964 and the editor-in-chief is Karim Khan (University of British Columbia). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2016 impact factor of 6.274, the highest in its subject area.[1]

Journal content[edit]

BJSM promotes evidence-based medicine relating to clinically-relevant aspects of sport and exercise medicine, including physiotherapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation. Publications include original research, clinical reviews and editorial pieces.


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.[2]

Functioning of the journal[edit]

BJSM operates an optional open peer review system, whereby reviewers can sign their reports if they wish. A high proportion of submissions are rejected without being sent out for external peer review on the grounds of priority, insufficient originality, scientific flaws or the absence of message that is important to the readers of the journal. The acceptance rate for original research submitted between July 2014 and June 2015 was 8%.[3]

Most read articles[edit]

Most-Read Articles during May 2016:[4]

  1. Bahr R (2016). "Why screening tests to predict injury do not work—and probably never will…: a critical review". British Journal of Sports Medicine. 50 (13): 776–80. PMID 27095747. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096256. 
  2. Bø K, Artal R, Barakat R, Brown W, Davies G, et al. (2016). "Exercise and pregnancy in recreational and elite athletes: 2016 evidence summary from the IOC expert group meeting, Lausanne. Part 1—exercise in women planning pregnancy and those who are pregnant". British Journal of Sports Medicine. 50 (10): 571–89. PMID 27127296. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096218. 
  3. Gabbet T (2016). "The training—injury prevention paradox: should athletes be training smarter and harder?". British Journal of Sports Medicine. 50 (5): 273–80. PMC 4789704Freely accessible. PMID 26758673. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-095788. 

Most-Read Articles during July 2015:[5]

  1. Barton CJ, Lack S, Hemmings S, Tufail S, Morrissey D (2015). "The ‘Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain’: incorporating level 1 evidence with expert clinical reasoning". British Journal of Sports Medicine. 49 (14): 923–934. PMID 25716151. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-093637. 
  2. Malhotra A, Noakes T, Phinney S (2015). "It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet". British Journal of Sports Medicine. 49 (15): 967–968. PMID 25904145. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094911. 
  3. Bergeron M, Mountjoy M, Armstrong N, Chia M, Côté J, et al. (2015). "International Olympic Committee consensus statement on youth athletic development". British Journal of Sports Medicine. 49 (13): 843–851. PMID 26084524. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094962. 

Additional services[edit]

BJSM provides a number of resources in addition to the online and printed journal:


As of January 2017, BJSM has provided over 250 podcasts, accumulating over 1.2 million listens.[6] The podcasts cover a large variety of clinical topics, including reviewing current evidence and guidelines. The format generally consists of an informal discussion between a member of the BJSM editorial team, and one or more relevant experts. The BJSM mobile app is widely used by podcast listeners


Contribution as a BJSM guest blogger is welcomed by the editorial team. Blog topics are varied and authors are encouraged to focus on current and cutting edge sport and exercise medicine topics. The blogs take the format of 500-700 word opinion pieces, supported by references.[7] Examples of ongoing blog series include the "Undergraduate perspective on Sports & Exercise Medicine" and "Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective".

BJSM education[edit]

BJSM provides educational material for established consultants in sports and exercise medicine and physicians with an interest in sports and exercise medicine. Resources include instructional videos for physical examination and exercise prescription, and specialist topics such as ECG interpretation in athletes. BJSM provides a useful resource for sport physicians in training and allows self-assessment through multiple choice quizzes and case-based assessments.

BJSM app[edit]

The free BJSM app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. All users have access to the blog, podcasts, YouTube channel and Editor's choice articles. BJSM subscribers have full access to the journal content via the app by using their BJSM password for content that is behind access controls. Podcasts are all free.

Member societies[edit]

Members of the following 25 sports medicine societies receive the journal.[8]

  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM)
  • Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)
  • Austrian Sports Physiotherapy Association
  • British Association for Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM)
  • British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT)
  • Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM)
  • Danish Sports Physiotherapy Association (DSSF)
  • European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP)
  • Finnish Sports Physiotherapy Association (FSPT)
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Italian Sports Physiotherapy Association (GISPT)
  • The Norwegian Association of Sports Medicine and Physical Activity (NIMF)
  • The Norwegian Sports Physiotherapy Association (FFI)
  • Osteopathic Sports Care Association (OSCA) UK
  • Sports Medicine Association (Singapore) (SMAS)
  • Society of Sports Therapists (SST)
  • South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA)
  • Sports Doctors Australia (SDrA)
  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
  • Sports Physiotherapy Canada (SPC)
  • Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand (SPNZ)
  • Swiss Sport Physiotherapy Association (SSPA)
  • Swiss Sports Medicine Society (SSMS)
  • Vereniging voor Sportgeneeskunde (VSG)

Open access[edit]

In 2015 BJSM announced BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine; an Open Access journal covering all aspects of sport and exercise medicine from physiology to return to play. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine aims to publish original articles considered by peer reviewers to be coherent and technically sound, ensuring that the latest research is disseminated rapidly to a global audience.[9]


  1. ^ "British Journal of Sports Medicine". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016. 
  2. ^ "About British Journal of Sports Medicine". Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "About British Journal of Sports Medicine — Journal Statistics". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "BJSM: About the journal - Most read articles.". Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "BJSM: About the journal - Most read articles.". Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "British Journal of Sports Medicine — Podcasts". Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "BJSM blog – social media's leading SEM voice". Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Affiliations". British Journal of Sports Medicine. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine". Retrieved 23 August 2015. 

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