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Global Contributions to Annals of Plastic Surgery: Authorship in an English Language Journal by International Colleagues

Pu, Lee MD, PhD,; Lineaweaver, William MD

doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e3182394be1

We reviewed the contributor demographics of recent volumes of Annals of Plastic Surgery to quantify the contributions of authors from countries where the primary language is not English. For 2 volumes of Annals (63 and 65), such authors contributed 57% of the total articles published. Within the new section format of volume 66, authors from non-English language countries accounted for 60% of all original articles with substantial and often dominant representation in all sections. This survey shows that Annals publishes articles from an international population of contributors with effective inclusion of authors from countries with primary languages other than English.

From the Division of Plastic Surgery, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA; and Joseph M. Stills Burn Unit and Reconstruction Center, Brandon, MS.

Received September 21, 2011, and accepted for publication, after revision, November 28, 2011.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: W.L. is an editor of Annals of Plastic Surgery and L.P. is on the editorial board of Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Reprints: William Lineaweaver, MD, JMS Burn and Reconstruction Center, 346 Crossgates Blvd., Suite 202, Brandon, MS 39042. E-mail:

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