Aims and Scope

Turkish Journal of Sports Medicine is an official journal of the Turkish Sports Medicine Association and is published quarterly in March, June, September and December. It publishes original basic and clinical work in sports medicine and sports sciences. Original research articles, reviews, case reports, technical notes and studies presented at scientific meetings are accepted for evaluation. This journal aims to support and disseminate scientific and educational knowledge related to sports medicine and introduce physical activity as a preventive and therapeutic agent in almost every branch of applied medical sciences. It is an independent peer-reviewed international journal published both in Turkish and English. Manuscripts are refereed in accordance with a "double-blind peer reviewed" process for both referees and authors.

The editorial and publication processes of the journal are shaped in accordance with the guidelines of the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The journal conforms to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (

Instructions to Authors

For the international authors, submission of Turkish headings, abstracts and key words are not required. These will be provided by editorial office.

Authors should sign and send a copyright transfer form, which states that they transfer all rights of the manuscript to Turkish Sports Medicine Association. Before the receipt of this form, an evaluation process of an article will not be initiated. It is the authors' responsibility to acquire copyright permission for the use of content that has been published in other publications (text, image, etc.). Rejected manuscripts will not be returned to their authors (except for artistic images).

Manuscripts in the form of clinical, experimental and drug investigations involving human subjects should be approved by the appropriate local ethics committee and should be performed in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, revised 2008. Additionally relevant informed consent should be obtained from all subjects prior to study and it should be stated clearly in the "Materials and Methods" section. Any research about animal experiments must follow the "The guide for the care and use of laboratory animals" and should include a clear statement of it. Authors are required to declare the statement on conflict of interests and terms of financial support.

The editor reserves the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the above-mentioned requirements. They can make corrections without changing the main text.

The author assures that the manuscript is an original work that has not been previously published and is not currently submitted to any other publication. Only those that presented at scientific meetings in the form of abstracts that do not exceed 300 words can be accepted for consideration, if notification of the scientific conference is made. If a submitted manuscript has previously been presented in a meeting, the name, date and the location of the meeting should be stated during submission.

The author should attach the documents showing all relevant permissions to publish quotations, text, tables, or illustrations from copyrighted sources. The author and the co-authors should sign the statement, which accepts full responsibility for the accuracy of all content.

All manuscripts are reviewed by the editor and/or associate editors and by at least two independent reviewers. For rejected manuscripts, return of the original illustrations or photographs is not applicable unless notified by the author.

The manuscript format should be in accordance with Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (http:/

Plagiarism screening is routinely done for every article submitted to the journal.

1. General Guidelines

Manuscripts can only be submitted online at The manuscript text should be written with Calibri, 12 font size in the "Microsoft® Word" program and should be double-spaced. Margins should be ample, with at least 3 cm of space on both sides. Pages should be numbered consecutively, starting with title page as "1" at right bottom corner. Manuscript files should be blinded. The main text should not contain any information about the author's name and affiliation.

The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede the abbreviation's first use in the text in brackets and the use of standard abbreviations listed in the "Scientific Style and Format" is advocated.

Research Article

This is the most important type of article since it provides new information based on original research. The main text of original articles should be structured with Introduction, Material and Methods (with subheadings), Results, Discussion, Conclusion subheadings. Articles should not exceed 4000 words and 40 references.

Review Article

Reviews prepared by authors who have extensive knowledge on a particular field and whose scientific background has been translated into a high volume of publications with a high citation potential are welcomed. These authors may even be invited by the journal. Reviews should describe, discuss, and evaluate the current level of knowledge of a topic and should guide future studies. The main text should contain Introduction, Clinical and Research Consequences, and Conclusion sections. Review articles should not exceed 5000 words and 80 references.

Case Report

Case reports should include title, abstract, key words, introduction, case, discussion and references. It should be limited to 1000 words and 20 references. It should be supported by illustrations and photographs.


Editorials are primarily solicited by the Editor, but brief commentaries (500-750 words) can be submitted for consideration.

Letters to the Editor

This type of manuscript discusses important parts, overlooked aspects, or lacking parts of a previously published article. Articles on subjects within the scope of the journal that might attract the readers’ attention, particularly educative cases, may also be submitted in the form of a “Letter to the Editor.” Readers can also present their comments on the published manuscripts in the form of a “Letter to the Editor.” Abstract, Keywords, and Tables, Figures, Images, and other media should not be included. The text should be unstructured. The manuscript that is being commented on must be properly cited within this manuscript.

2. Title Page / Cover Letter

The title page and cover letter are generated automatically during the online submission process. There is no need to prepare and upload them separately. In addition to the title, a running title of the manuscript (not more than 50 characters including spaces) should be entered. In the section for the cover letter, authors should state that there is no conflict of interest associated with the manuscript. In the event of a conflict of interest for any of the authors, please provide a disclosure of interest by giving a detailed explanation.

3. Abstract

Original articles should have a structured abstract including the following subheads: Objective, Materials and Methods, Results and Conclusions. For case reports, the structured abstract is not used. Limit the abstract to 300 words. Abbreviations should be avoided. References, tables and citations should not be used in an abstract.

4. Keywords

Authors must include relevant keywords (2-5) on the line after the end of the abstract. Use appropriate subject headings as listed in

5. Tables / Graphs / Illustrations / Photograph

Tables, graphs, figures and illustrations should not be placed in the main text. Separate files should be prepared for tables (each table on separate page), graphs, figures and illustrations. Please supply the electronic files for all figures and illustrations including photographs as gif or jpg images with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Each table and figures should have a self-explanatory title and be numbered in order of their citation in the text. Arabic numbers should be preferred for tables, graphs, figures and photographs. Also, each legend should describe clearly what the illustration shows and what each abbreviation means. Tables should not repeat the data of the text. In the case of the use of a previously published table, figure or illustration, written permission from the publisher should be submitted with the manuscript. Identifying information including names, initials, hospital numbers and pedigrees should not be written. Information or illustrations must not permit identification of patients, and written informed consent for publication must be sought for any photograph.

6. References

Number the references in the order in which they are mentioned in the text; do not alphabetize. Recent publications should be cited as much as possible. In the text, author’s citations must be followed by reference number in parenthesis. At the end of the text, identify references with Arabic numbers in the text, and abbreviate the names of journals in accordance with the Index Medicus/Medline/PubMed. ( In the reference, the names of all authors should be stated if less than three. Otherwise, after three names, it should be followed by "et al." Examples related to correct use of references are given below;

Journal article: Ardern CL, Österberg A, Tagesson S, et al. The impact of psychological readiness to return to sport and recreational activities after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Br J Sports Med 2014;48:1613–9.

Book with a single author: Astrand Per-Olof. Experimental Studies of Physical Working Capacity in Relation to Sex and Age 1st ed. Copenhagen: Ejnar Munksgaard; 1952.

Editor(s) as authors:  Astrand PO, Rodahl K, Dahl HA, Stromme SB, editors. Textbook of Work Physiology: Physiological Bases of Exercise. 4th ed. Champaign: Human Kinetics; 2003.

Chapter of a book: Ergen E, Ulkar B,Principles of Injury Care and Rehabilitation: Proprioception and Coordination. In: Frontera WR, Herring SA, Micheli L, Siver JK eds. Clinical Sports Medicine. 1st ed.London: Elsevier;2007. p.237-255.

Presentation: Sa MM, Azevedo R., Malcata A et al. Noise in physical education activities. In: Ergen E, Ulkar B, Guner R ,editors. EFSMA 2009. Proceedings of the 6th European Congress of Sports Medicine; 2009 Oct 14-18; Antalya, Turkey.Bologna: Medimond;2009. p.295-298.

Thesis: Eraslan A. Glukozamin sülfatın ön çağraz bağ rekonstrüksiyonu sonrası diz ağrısı ve fonksiyonu üzerine etkisi. Ankara: Ankara Üniversitesi. 2010

Copyright Transfer

Authors accept full responsibility for the accuracy of all content, including findings, citations, quotations and references contained within the manuscript. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. All authors will be required to assign the copyright transfer form after acceptance of the manuscript.


All rights reserved. Turkish Journal of Sports Medicine is published using the open access model. All content is available free of charge without restrictions from the journal's website at:

Material Disclaimer

Scientific and legal responsibilities pertaining to the papers belong to the authors. The Contents of the manuscripts and accuracy of references along with the copyright authority of the figures and tables are also the author's responsibility. Neither Turkish Sports Medicine Association, nor the Editor, the Editorial Board and the publisher accepts any responsibility for the articles.


It is online at Tables of contents, abstracts and full texts of all articles published are free to all readers.

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Permission Requests

Permission requests to reproduce copies of articles for non-commercial use may be obtained from the Editorial Office.

Editorial Office
Dr. Bülent Ülkar
PK: 24, Bornova / İzmir, TURKEY

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