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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.
British Journal of Sports Medicine is the flagship of BMJ's sports medicine portfolio and has an open access companion journal, BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. For information about the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.
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Injury Prevention and Health ProtectionInjury 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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Journal Statistics 2022
Speed Time to first decision without review: 2 days (median) Time to first decision with review: 47 days (median) Acceptance to publication: 17 days (median)
Impact Impact Factor category: Sport Sciences Impact Factor (JCR): 18.479 Impact Factor rank: 1/88 5 year Impact Factor: 18.705 Journal Citation Indicator: 3.7 Eigenfactor: 0.04087 Citescore: 21.3 Citescore rank: 1/284 Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 3.867
Reach 2022 total content views: 7.62 million 2022 total Altmetric mentions: 30,397
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Members of the following organisations receive BJSM in print and/or online as a benefit of membership; many endorse BJSM as their official journal.
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ACSP) British Association for Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) Danish Society of Sports Physiotherapy Finnish Sports Physiotherapist Association Gruppo di Interesse Specialistico dell'AIFI The Norwegian Association of Sports Medicine and Physical Activity (NIMF) The Norwegian Sports Physiotherapy Association (FFI) Physio Austria
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Sport & Exercise Medicine Switzerland (SEMS) Society of Sports Therapists (SST) South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) Sports Doctors Australia (SDrA) Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) Sports Medicine Association of Singapore (SMAS) Sports Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy New Zealand (SEPNZ) Swiss Sport Physiotherapy Association (SSPA) Vereniging voor Sportgeneeskunde (VSG)
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