Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
54 days*
Acceptance to publication:
16 days*
Impact Factor:
2023 total content views:

Aims and scope

BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine is an open access journal covering all aspects of sport and exercise medicine from physiology to return to play. The journal 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 and Exercise Medicine is the open access companion journal to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The journal adheres to the highest possible industry standards concerning publication ethics

Editorial Board

For information about the Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


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

Journal information

Publication Model
Open access
Continuous online publication
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, PubMed Central, DOAJ, Google Scholar
Impact Factor
Peer Review Model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author

Journal Statistics 2023

Acceptance rate: 45%
Speed Time to first decision: 54 days (median) Time from acceptance to publication: 16 days (median)
Impact Impact Factor category: Sport Sciences Impact Factor (JCR): 5.0 Journal Citation Indicator: 1.21 Eigenfactor: 0.00554 Citescore: 6.3 Citescore rank: 39/298 Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.249
Reach 2023 total content views: 412,185 2023 total Altmetric mentions: 3,595
The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure. How we get these metrics

Contact information

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For authors

Please refer to the instructions for authors


Corresponding authors who are members of one of the following twenty-five organisations will receive a discount off the article publishing charge (APC) as detailed:
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The BMJ Publishing Group is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.
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The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting accurate, transparent reporting of research studies. The BMJ Publishing Group is a sponsor of its activities.
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BMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.