Aims and scope
Sports Medicine - Open focuses on original research and definitive reviews in the field of sport and exercise medicine. The Journal includes medical and scientific research relating to:
- Sporting performance enhancement including nutrition, equipment and training
- Medical syndromes associated with sport and exercise
- Injury prevention and treatment
- Exercise for rehabilitation and health
- The application of physiological and biomechanical principles to specific
Articles published in Sports Medicine - Open will include a Key Points table. Please provide approximately three short, stand-alone lines/statements summarizing the key findings/implications of the paper. These should be provided after the Abstract under the heading 'Key Points’.
Why publish your article in Sports Medicine - Open?
Sports Medicine - Open's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience.
Speed of publication
Sports Medicine - Open offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Sports Medicine - Open and SpringerOpen.
Online publication in Sports Medicine - Open gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Sports Medicine - Open are included in article alerts and regular email updates.
In addition, articles published in Sports Medicine - Open may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Sports Medicine - Open.
Authors of articles published in Sports Medicine - Open retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).
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All articles published by Sports Medicine - Open are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
As authors of articles published in Sports Medicine - Open you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.
For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Upon acceptance for publication, manuscripts submitted to Sports Medicine - Open will be subject to an article processing charge (APC) of £1370/$2145/€1745. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.
All articles published in Sports Medicine - Open are included in:
- PubMed Central
- Summon by ProQuest
The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpingerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in Sports Medicine - Open will be available in their databases when appropriate.
Sports Medicine - Open operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.
The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.
All manuscripts submitted to Sports Medicine - Open should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Sports Medicine - Open
Articles in Sports Medicine - Open should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Sports Med - Open [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Sports Med - Open 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Appeals and complaints
If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.