As you are all aware by now, the Journal launched its first supplement in October of 2003. This particular supplement was on the clinical uses of botulinum toxin type A. We owe many people a deep debt of gratitude for all their hard work, especially the supplement co-editors, Dr. Steven Fagien and Dr. James Stuzin.
We intend to develop many more supplements in the future on various subjects of interest to plastic surgeons. The cost to publish a supplement is paid for by unrestricted educational grants from various vendors within our profession. In the case of the supplement on botulinum toxin type A, publishing costs were provided for by an unrestricted educational grant from Allergan, Inc., Irvine, California, through Advanced Therapeutics Communications, Nashville, Tennessee. It was a generous grant and we appreciate their participation. The Editor, Co-Editor, and Editorial Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery want to make it clear that publishing the contents of supplements to the Journal provided by unrestricted educational grants from sponsoring organizations does not constitute product or sponsor endorsement by the Journal.
We have established the following guidelines for supplements going forward which we think will be helpful:
The following sets forth the policy adopted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for the publication of supplements in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the Journal).
- Supplements to the Journal may be published from time to time provided the subject matter is approved by the Editor of the Journal and provided that the sponsor is acceptable to ASPS and that the financial arrangements are acceptable to both ASPS and the publisher.
- The sponsor’s payment shall include all costs of the publication and mailing of the supplement issue.
- The decision to publish a supplement will be based on the significance and timeliness of the proposed topic, the qualifications of the authors, and the financial arrangements.
- Supplement topics must be of importance to the Journal’ s subscribers and related to the academic and educational mission of the Journal.
- The content of each supplement must be subject to the Journal’ s peer review process.
- A supplement may have an Editor who is an expert in the designated topic. The Supplement Editor is responsible for (a) assuring the Editor of the Journal that all articles in the supplement will be subjected to internal peer review; (b) providing information regarding the nature of the peer review process; and (c) assisting with editing of the publication if necessary. The Editor of the Journal and the Editorial Board have the ultimate responsibility.
- A supplement based on a conference or symposium should be planned well in advance of the meeting, so that manuscripts will be available either at the time of the meeting or shortly thereafter. Timely publication of such symposia is essential so that the supplement is not out of date by the time of publication.
- The Journal will not permit presentations within the scientific and educational portion of the supplement to promote a commercial product. Publication of supplements does not constitute product or sponsor endorsement by the Journal, and the following Notice will be printed at the beginning of each supplement:
- The contents of this issue represent a supplement to the Journal, prepared and paid for with an unrestricted grant from (Name of Sponsoring Organization). Publication of this supplement does not constitute product or sponsor endorsement by the Journal.
We will implement this policy with the next supplement.
The following topics have been suggested for future supplements:
- Role of Soft-Tissue Fillers in Plastic Surgery
- Evolution of Craniofacial Surgery
- Advances in Breast Implants
- Current Reconstructive and Cosmetic Breast Surgery
- The Aging Face: Techniques and Technology
- Advances in Wound Healing
- The Science of Age Management
- Advances in Tissue Engineering
- Perforator Flaps: Role in Plastic Surgery
All of these are in the process of development and we hope to begin publishing supplements annually.
If any of our readers have thoughts on further issues that should be included in the guidelines or topics of interest for supplements, please do not hesitate to contact the Editor or Co-Editor. As always, we welcome your input. After all, it is your Journal.