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As a researcher, publishing your work is an important step in enhancing your academic career and ensuring your work has a wider impact. At BMJ, we are with you at every step of your publication journey and at any stage of your career. We can help you to optimise the presentation and impact of your work, and to disseminate your findings to the people who need to read it.

Publishing in one of our fully open access or transformative journals complies with policies set by funders (including Plan S), institutions and governments. Your institution may be part of an open access agreement with BMJ, which can help authors meet the cost of publishing (i.e. Article Processing Charge).

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Explore our journals in sports medicine






Acceptance rate: 45%

Time to first decision: 54 days

Citescore: 6.3

Journal Impact Factor:  5.0


*without review

Acceptance rate: 21%

Time to first decision:  47 days

Citescore: 25.1

Journal Impact Factor: 18.6

JIF Rank (Sports Sciences):    1/87

Acceptance rate: 36%

Time to first decision*:  4 days

Citescore: 4.4

Journal Impact Factor:  2.9

JIF Rank (Medical, General & Internal): 77/167 

Acceptance rate: 15%

Time to first decision*: 3 days

Acceptance rate: 10%

Time to first decision: 56 days

Citescore: 15.3

Journal Impact Factor: 107.7

JIF Rank (Medical, General & Internal): 4/169

Take a look at how research in this field can inspire real change

By sharing some of our impact stories in sports medicine, we aim to highlight the real world relevance and impact of research published with us. If you’d like your research to drive positive change then do consider publishing open access in a BMJ journal. 

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Reasons to publish your sports medicine research with us

Our open access content received on average 7 times more views than other content

Top open access articles mentioned in policy

World Health Organization 2020 guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour


Changes in physical activity and sedentary behaviours from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown: a systematic review


Beyond cycle lanes and large-scale infrastructure: a scoping review of initiatives that groups and organisations can implement to promote cycling for the Cycle Nation Project

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