This supplement to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery represents the ninth time that abstracts accepted to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting have been published as a special supplement to the Journal. PRS is pleased to publish many abstract supplements throughout the year for many of our sister societies with increasing regularity. Publishing the abstracts for our own society, however, is always exciting. We get to see many of the seeds of creation for full academic studies planted in this supplement to PRS; in the future we often get to see these abstracts fully developed and realized as original studies. It is quite an honor to play host to both the seeds and the forest for the academic labors of the members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. As with previous iterations of the Plastic Surgery annual meeting supplement, the abstracts and posters published herein offer the authors, the Society, advertisers, and the medical community as a whole valuable information that is indexed, searchable, sharable and available worldwide through our web site, PRSJournal.com.
I’d like to draw your attention to several important features of this supplement which may help you navigate and enjoy it. First of all, you will note that abstracts are grouped by the day they will be presented; this intuitive presentation should make the abstracts easy to find. Secondly, as you’ll see, the figure quality and presentation is significantly improved over earlier editions of this supplement, a testimony to the incredible efforts of our authors and staff. Additionally, this is now the fifth year that the supplement content is published as an online exclusive. Online-only publication not only encourages readers to visit www.PRSJournal.com from computers, tablets and smartphones, but it is a refreshingly eco-friendly option that also helps incur substantial cost savings over a print supplement. We believe that these modifications and improvements combine to bring you the best-quality and most efficient way to find and enjoy these abstracts and posters. Because of the cost savings and the important nature of the abstracts, supplement content will be made available free of charge for at least three months following publication.
All articles published by the Journal are subject to rigorous peer review to help insure our high standards; the abstracts featured in this supplement are no exception. These abstracts have been peer reviewed by the Abstract Selection Committee of the ASPS’ Annual Meeting Council.
As I mentioned before, one of the most exciting things about publishing the abstracts of Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2013, is the vast potential that each of these abstracts represents. Every abstract represents the promise of a scientific study; the hard work of study design, data gathering, and results interpretation has been performed. The next logical step is to prepare and submit a completed manuscript based on the abstract, which we strongly encourage.
We encourage all authors of abstracts to write up their findings and submit them as full manuscripts to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery through the online system, PRS’ Enkwell (www.editorialmanager.com/prs ). Personalized assistance with the Enkwell system is available from the Journal’s staff members, who will be located at the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery kiosk in the ASPS/PSF Members Resource Center. Additional training on submitting to the Journal is available at the Sunday course, “How to get an article accepted by PRS.” We encourage all first-time authors and those interested in submitting an article to attend this special seminar for a modest fee of $25 per person. Because we are serious when we say that we want everyone to read PRS and its abstracts in whatever format they find most convenient, we are giving away at least one iPad during this course.
This supplement would not be possible without the support of some incredible people. Of special note, we thank Mary Ellen Bogucki and Gina McClure who helped organize and arrange these abstracts for the ASPS. We also thank Aaron Weinstein, the Journal’s Managing Editor, for coordinating the whole effort between society, third party vendors and publisher. We greatly appreciate the leadership of the ASPS/PSF, especially ASPS President Gregory R.D. Evans, MD, PSF President Charles Verheyden, MD, PhD, Society Executive Vice President Michael Costelloe, and Mike Stokes, ASPS Director of Publications. Lastly, we want to mention and thank the production team at Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; month-in and month-out they produce the Journal and its supplements, and we are grateful for their patience, creativity, tenacity and craftsmanship.
Enjoy reading this special supplement to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Each abstract could be the jumping-off point for the “next big thing” in our field and could have true ramifications for how we practice medicine. I am proud to publish these abstracts and hope that each of you will join the conversation by sharing your next abstract with all of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Rod J. Rohrich, M.D.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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