I proudly present, for the first time ever, the abstracts of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting published as a special supplement to PRS Global Open (Fig. 1). This is monumental because of what it signifies for the global direction of accessible, open information in the field of plastic surgery. We published the amazing and interesting scientific abstracts from this meeting in the pages of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for over a decade and, thanks to the generosity of the ASPS and Wolters Kluwer Health, we were able to present each of those abstract supplements for free for a limited, promotional period of time. But, with this historic publication of the meeting abstracts and posters in this Open Access journal, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons joins many other global plastic surgery societies—including those from Italy, Ireland, Russia, and the United States—in presenting these important seeds of innovation in a manner and in a journal whereby they can reach the maximum number of interested researchers, young scientists, and readers. By shifting from publishing these abstracts and posters in our subscriber-access journal, the ASPS has made this year’s abstracts and posters free to anyone, anywhere with internet access for ever. I’ve been saying for years that I love abstracts and posters. In my mind’s eye, every abstract is a seedling. Each seed could bloom into a flower, or a hearty tree, or give way to a forest; each abstract has the potential to rock our field, lead to cascading scientific experiments and discoveries of increasing magnitudes, and change our very practice of plastic surgery. That is the promise of abstracts, and why we continually and proudly publish them. But now, a growing chorus of societies and groups around the world have opted to share these abstracts freely across the globe, via PRS Global Open; this truly is a seed change for plastic surgery and the larger medical community. The future of plastic surgery research and discovery is now an open book; I urge all of you to read them and join the global plastic surgery movement in improving plastic surgery patient safety, outcomes, and care one article—one abstract—at a time.
To the authors of the abstracts and posters in this publication- and in all PRS Global Open supplements, I remind you that you’ve already done the hardest parts: You conceived the study, collected the data, and have begun to interpret the results and make your conclusions. I encourage you to carry on: write and submit a full-fledged manuscript based on your abstract. With this publication, I invite all abstract authors to submit these new works to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery–Global Open through Editorial Manager (PRS:www.editorialmanager.com/prs; PRS Global Open:www.editorialmanager.com/gox). The amazing Editorial Office team in Dallas, Texas, USA is ready to help guide your submission through the editorial process, and our global network of peer reviewers are ready to fairly assess your study’s merits so that your abstract can continue its journey in effecting change and educating the global plastic surgery community by becoming a full original article in the literature.
The abstracts and posters published on PRSGlobalOpen.com offer the authors, the Society, industry, and the international medical community highly valuable insights and data from Plastic Surgery the Meeting in an indexed, searchable, sharable, and—for the first time ever—permanently freely available package. Read, discuss, share, Tweet, Like, and link to these abstracts. If you use Twitter, be sure to use “#PSTM16,” “#PRSGlobalOpen,” and “#PlasticSurgery” to join the plastic surgery community at large in the social media discussion. As always, feel free to tag PRS Global Open (@PRSJournal) or the ASPS (@ASPS, @ASPSMembers) to reach even more fellow Tweeters.
We will again be adding “Best Abstract” indicators (Fig. 2) on certain abstracts—based on your input from the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Los Angeles (September 23–27, 2016). The abstracts that are chosen during the Annual Meeting by each session’s moderators and raters will be labeled online to help you readily note these selected writings. That said, I encourage you to read every abstract that interests you.
The abstracts in this supplement are peer reviewed. These abstracts have been peer reviewed by the Abstract Selection Committee of the ASPS’ Annual Meeting Council.
This supplement would not be possible without the support of some talented and dedicated people, including Mary Ellen Bogucki who organized and prepared these abstracts for the ASPS. I also thank Aaron Weinstein, the journal’s Managing Editor, for coordinating the effort between society and publisher. I am very thankful for the leadership of the ASPS/PSF, especially ASPS President David H. Song, MD, MBA, PSF President Charles E. Butler, MD, Society Executive Vice President Michael Costelloe, and Mike Stokes, ASPS Director of Publications. I am very thankful for our dutiful and creative production team at Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Enjoy this history-making supplement to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery–Global Open; this supplement has done its job if one abstract or poster catches your eye, sparks your curiosity, and gets you thinking about the future of global plastic surgery.