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 an impact factor of 6.557, the highest in its subject area.
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.
Functioning of the journal
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%.
Most read articles
The journal's homepage lists the following articles as the most read of 2017:
- Malhotra et al. Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions.
- Sport concussion assessment tool - 5th edition
- McCrory et al. Consensus statement on concussion in sport—the 5th international conference on concussion in sport held in Berlin, October 2016
- Ding et al. The economic burden of physical inactivity: a systematic review and critical appraisal
- Gabbett et al. The athlete monitoring cycle: a practical guide to interpreting and applying training monitoring data.
BJSM provides a number of resources in addition to the online and printed journal:
As of January 2017BJSM has provided over 200 podcasts, accumulating over 1.4 million listens. 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. Examples of ongoing blog series include the "Undergraduate perspective on Sports & Exercise Medicine" and "Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective".
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.
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.
Members of the following 25 sports medicine societies receive the journal, totalling over 12,000 members.
- 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)
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.
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- ^ "About British Journal of Sports Medicine". bjsm.bmj.com. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- ^ "About British Journal of Sports Medicine — Journal Statistics". bjsm.bmj.com. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
- ^ "British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) A multi-media portal that provides original research, reviews and debate relating to clinically-relevant aspects of sport and exercise medicine". British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM). Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- ^ Malhotra, Aseem; Redberg, Rita F.; Meier, Pascal (2017-08-01). "Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions". Br J Sports Med. 51 (15): 1111–1112. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097285. ISSN 0306-3674. PMID 28442474.
- ^ Medicine, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and British Association of Sport and Exercise (2017-06-01). "Sport concussion assessment tool - 5th edition". Br J Sports Med. 51 (11): 851–858. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2017-097506SCAT5. ISSN 0306-3674. PMID 28446451.
- ^ McCrory, Paul; Meeuwisse, Willem; Dvořák, Jiří; Aubry, Mark; Bailes, Julian; Broglio, Steven; Cantu, Robert C.; Cassidy, David; Echemendia, Ruben J. (2017-06-01). "Consensus statement on concussion in sport—the 5th international conference on concussion in sport held in Berlin, October 2016". Br J Sports Med. 51 (11): 838–847. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2017-097699. ISSN 0306-3674. PMID 28446457.
- ^ Ding, Ding; Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy; Nguyen, Binh; Katzmarzyk, Peter T.; Pratt, Michael; Lawson, Kenny D. (2017-10-01). "The economic burden of physical inactivity: a systematic review and critical appraisal". Br J Sports Med. 51 (19): 1392–1409. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097385. ISSN 0306-3674. PMID 28446455.
- ^ Gabbett, Tim J.; Nassis, George P.; Oetter, Eric; Pretorius, Johan; Johnston, Nick; Medina, Daniel; Rodas, Gil; Myslinski, Tom; Howells, Dan (2017-10-01). "The athlete monitoring cycle: a practical guide to interpreting and applying training monitoring data". Br J Sports Med. 51 (20): 1451–1452. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-097298. ISSN 0306-3674. PMID 28646100.
- ^ "British Journal of Sports Medicine — Podcasts". bjsm.bmj.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
- ^ "BJSM blog – social media's leading SEM voice". bjsm.bmj.com. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- ^ "Affiliations". British Journal of Sports Medicine. bjsm.bmj.com. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- ^ "BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine". bjsm.bmj.com. Retrieved 23 August 2015.