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About the Journal

  • Aims and Scope Statement for PRS Global Open®
  • Open Access Publication
  • Open Access Copyright and License Information
  • Abstracting, Indexing, & Digital Archiving
  • Aims and Scope Statement for PRS Global Open®

    Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryGlobal Open® is an open access, peer reviewed, international journal focusing on global plastic and reconstructive surgery. PRS Global Open® publishes on all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery, including basic science/experimental studies pertinent to the field and also clinical articles on such topics as: breast reconstruction, head and neck surgery, pediatric and craniofacial surgery, hand and microsurgery, wound healing, and cosmetic and aesthetic surgery. Clinical studies, experimental articles, ideas and innovations, and techniques and case reports are all welcome article types.

    Manuscript submission is open to all surgeons, researchers, and other health care providers world-wide who wish to communicate their research results on topics related to plastic and reconstructive surgery. Furthermore, PRS Global Open®, a complimentary journal to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, provides an open access venue for the publication of those research studies sponsored by private and public funding agencies that require open access publication of study results. Its mission is to disseminate high quality, peerreviewed research in plastic and reconstructive surgery to the widest possible global audience, through an open access platform. As an open access journal, PRS Global Open® offers its content for free to any viewer. Authors of articles retain their copyright to the materials published. Additionally, PRS Global Open® provides rapid review and publication of accepted papers.

    PRS Global Open® serves the international plastic surgery community, including surgeons, care providers, and patients alike. We encourage international researchers to submit to the journal in order to advance patient safety, improve surgical and procedural outcomes, and elevate the science of plastic surgery worldwide. PRS Global Open® serves the overall mission of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, owner of the journal: it educates and supports plastic surgeons globally to provide the highest quality patient care and maintain professional and ethical standards through education, research, and advocacy.

    About Open Access Publication

    PRS Global Open® is an open access journal. PRS Global Open® shares the distinctive features of open access journals, including:

    • Open access journals are peer-reviewed publications, publishing selectively only those articles that pass peer review requirements of their respective editorial boards.

    • Offer content via online and app-delivered publication modalities (no print option).

    • Offer rapid review and publication times

    • Charge no subscription fees; are free and "open access" to any viewer

    • Generate revenue with online advertising and commercial reprints

    • Generate their primary revenue through article processing charges

    • Fees paid either by individual authors, or authors' institutions/grant funding bodies

    To provide open access to PRS Global Open® content, the journal charges publication fees to the authors or other research sponsors/funding agencies for each article they publish. These fees cover numerous expenses incurred by publication, including the peer review process, journal production and publication, and hosting and archiving fees. Fees vary by article type.

    Article type

    Article Processing


    Original Article, Experimental Article, Review, Special Topic, Follow-up Study, Clinicopathological Conference



    Ideas and Innovations, Case Report



    Letter to the Editor, Viewpoint


    Article publication fees are charged after peer review and acceptance but prior to publication. All decisions to accept manuscripts are based solely on editorial criteria. Receipt of publication fees must be received by the publisher before an article is published. All fees and financial transactions related to article publication are conducted by the publisher, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Please direct any questions regarding article publication fees to: Elizabeth Durzy, Senior Publisher,

    Open Access Copyright and License Information

    PRS Global Open® uses the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial No Derivative 3.0 License (CCBY-NC-ND) for all articles and content published. Use of the CCBY-NC-ND enables authors/creators of content to retain ownership of the copyright for their article/content and gives the American Society of Plastic Surgeons a license to publish the content. The CCBY-NC-ND agreement allows anyone to disseminate and reuse the article, as well as share and reuse of the scientific material, provided the original authors and original source (PRS Global Open® reference) is given. Such downloading, use, reuse, etc. does not require permission from either the authors or the publisher. It does not allow commercial exploitation or the creation of derivative works without specific permission. To view a copy of this license, visit:

    Abstracting, Indexing, & Digital Archiving

    PRS Global Open® is abstracted and indexed on PMC (PubMed Central).

    The Journal is also abstracted and indexed on: Academic Pub, British Library, CAL, CCC, CEDRO, CNKI, EBSCO, Elsevier Health Sciences, Ex Libris Ltd, HINARi, Infotrieve, ProQuest, ReprintsDesk, SageKnowledge, SIPX, SWETS, and TDNet.

    PRS Global Open belongs to the CLOCKSS and Portico digital archiving programs.