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Explore our journals in sports medicine






Acceptance rate: 48%

Time to first decision: 47 days

Citescore: 4.6



*without review

Acceptance rate: 20%

Time to first decision*:  17 days

Citescore: 21.3

Journal Impact Factor: 18.479

JIF Rank (Sports Sciences):    1/88

Acceptance rate: 47%

Time to first decision*: 6 days

Citescore: 3.9

Journal Impact Factor: 3.007

JIF Rank (Med, Gen & Internal): 86/172

 Launched in 2022



Citescore: 10.2

Journal Impact Factor: 96.216

JIF Rank (Med, Gen & Internal): 4/172

Sports medicine: 2022 open access highlights

Most read open access articles published in 2022:

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


Top mentioned open access articles published in 2022:

Muscle-strengthening activities are associated with lower risk and mortality in major non-communicable diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies



Healthspan and chronic disease burden among young adult and middle-aged male former American-style professional football players



Small steps, strong shield: directly measured, moderate physical activity in 65 361 adults is associated with significant protective effects from severe COVID-19 outcomes



Comparative effectiveness of exercise, antidepressants and their combination in treating non-severe depression: a systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials


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BMJ Mental Health (formerly Evidence-Based Mental Health) is an open access journal supporting mental health researchers and practitioners in improving patient and carer outcomes. The journal facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration among psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals, encourages debate on clinically relevant topics, and informs real world practice.

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BMJ Oncology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing across the broad spectrum of cancer research, investigation, treatment and practice. Its mission is to optimise cancer care and improve patient outcomes. The journal prioritises high quality original research and review papers across the broad spectrum of cancer research, investigation, treatment and practice.

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BMJ Public Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of public health, from global issues such as the impact of climate change on population health, to studies conducted at a local level. The journal will work with the public health community, at all levels, to publish rigorous qualitative and quantitative research and analysis to drive evidence-based public health policy and practice.

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