p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Sabriye Ercan1, Bülent Ülkar2

1Department of Sports Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey
2Department of Sports Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

Keywords: sports medicine, impact factor, citation, level of evidence


Objective: Turkish Journal of Sports Medicine (TJSM) has been published since 1966 as the official journal of Turkish Sports Medicine Association. By launching of open access online publication in 2016; accessiblity, visibility and number of submitted articles have been significantly increased.

Materials and Method: Citation rates of the articles published in TJSM for the last three years; between 2017 and 2019 were examined to determine the impact of the open access online publication.

Results: 80 articles published between 2017-2019. 93.8% (n=75) were submitted by Turkish authors. 28.7% (n=23) were submitted in English. 75% (n=60) were research articles. When the subject titles were examined; majority of the published articles were found to be as sports medicine articles (47.5%, n=38). 38.8% (n=31) of the articles were multidisciplinary, consisting of health, sports and/or engineering sciences. 46.3% of the studies were at level of evidence 3 (n=37). The impact factor for the last three years was 0.187. Citations were not significantly related to country of submission (p=0.6), study structure (multidisciplinary or not), (p=0.1), language (p=0.8), category (p=0.3) and level of evidence (p=0.9) of the studies.

Conclusion: Open access online publication positively effected the accessibility and visibility of the journal, as well as submission rate and published article number per issue. Impact factor for the three years is not low, but gradual increase is expected both in submission rates and quality of the published articles.

Cite this article as: Ercan S, Ulkar B. Impact of online publication on Turkish Journal of Sports Medicine. Turk J Sports Med. 2020;55(1):1-5.