Aims and scope

BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine is a new Open Access journal covering all aspects of sport and exercise medicine from physiology to return to play.

This new venture is an official journal of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) and a sister journal to the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM).

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.


BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine is co-owned by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine and BMJ.

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Corresponding authors who are members of one of the following seventeen organisations will receive a discount off the article publishing charge (APC) as detailed:

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) – 15%
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) – 15%
Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP) – 15%
British Association for Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) – 25%
British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRAT) – 15%
Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) – 15%
European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP) – 15%
Fédération Internationale de Médicine de Sport (FIMS) – 15%
Finnish Sports Physiotherapist Association – 15%
Gruppo di Interesse Specialistico dell’AIFI – 15%
The Norwegian Association of Sports Medicine and Physical Activity (NIMF) – 15%
The Norwegian Sports Physiotherapy Association (FFI)  – 15%
Physio Austria – 15%
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine – 15%
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Sportmedizin (SGSM) – 15%
Society of Sports Therapists (SST) – 15%
South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) – 15%
Sports Doctors Australia (SDrA) – 15%
Sports Doctors Australia (SDrA) – 15%
Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) – 15%
Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand (SPNZ) – 15%
Swiss Sport Physiotherapy Association (SSPA) – 15%
Vereniging voor Sportgeneeskunde (VSG) – 15%

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