British Journal of Sports Medicine

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British Journal of Sports Medicine  
British Journal of Sports Medicine front cover.jpg
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 published by the BMJ Group covering sports medicine and sports physiotherapy. 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 2014 impact factor of 5.025.[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 July 2015:[4]

  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. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-093637. PMID 25716151. 
  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. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094911. PMID 25904145. 
  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. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094962. PMID 26084524. 

Additional services[edit]

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


As of August 2015, BJSM has provided over 200 podcasts, accumulating over half a million listens.[5] The podcasts cover a large variety of 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.


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.[6] 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.

Member societies[edit]

Members of the following 19 sports medicine societies receive the journal.[7]

  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM)
  • Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP)
  • British Association for Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM)
  • British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRAT)
  • Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM)
  • European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP)
  • Fédération Internationale de Médicine de Sport (FIMS)
  • The Norwegian Association of Sports Medicine and Physical Activity (NIMF)
  • The Norwegian Sports Physiotherapy Association (FFI)
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Society of Sports Therapists (SST)
  • South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA)
  • Sports Doctors Australia (SDrA)
  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
  • Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand (SPNZ)
  • Swedish Society of Exercise and Sports Medicine (SFAIM)
  • Swiss Sport Physiotherapy Association (SSPA)
  • 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.[8]


  1. ^ "British Journal of Sports Medicine". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015. 
  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 16 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "British Journal of Sports Medicine — Podcasts". Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "BJSM blog – social media's leading SEM voice". Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Affiliations". British Journal of Sports Medicine. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine". Retrieved 23 August 2015. 

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