I am very pleased to present the second edition of the PRS Global Open abstract supplement for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting: Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2017 (Fig. 1). Whether you attended the meeting in Orlando, Florida, in person from October 6–10, 2017, or are reading these abstracts from afar, I hope you enjoy these short glimpses into the future research studies in the field of Plastic Surgery.
The publication of our Society’s abstracts in PRS Global Open (which is indexed in SCOPUS, indexed in Web of Science’s eSCI, listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, listed in PubMed Central, and discoverable in PubMed) is monumental because it signifies a Western embrace of globally accessible plastic surgery information and research. As most of you know, up until last year, we had published the unique and engaging scientific abstracts and posters from this meeting in the pages (electronic and print) of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for over a decade and, thanks to the ASPS’ generosity, we were able to present every PSTM abstract supplements for free for a limited, promotional period of time. But, by publishing via our open access journal, the meeting abstracts and posters can now be disseminated to the maximum number of interested researchers, young scientists, and readers; open access articles are free to the end users anytime, anywhere, forever. It’s no secret that I love abstracts and posters: they represent research about explode on the scene. Every abstract has the potential to change our field, change how we practice, and change what we know. That is the promise of abstracts, and why we continually and proudly publish them. But now, a growing number of societies and groups around the world, from Italy to Ireland and Russia to the United States, are publishing these abstracts freely across the globe, via PRS Global Open; this truly allows the abstracts and posters to extend beyond the walls of the convention centers and classrooms and spread across the globe. The future of our field’s clinical and research discoveries are now free to read, share, cite, and discuss for all. I encourage you to read them and join the worldwide plastic surgery movement in improving plastic surgery patient safety, outcomes, and care 1 article—1 abstract—at a time.
To the authors of the abstracts and posters in this publication—and in all PRS Global Open supplements—I want to let you know that you’ve already done the difficult parts: You conceptualized the study, gathered the data, and have interpreted the results to draw reasonable conclusions. I encourage you to write and submit a full-fledged manuscript based on your abstract. With this publication, I invite all abstract authors to submit these 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, 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. Of course, this is not a binding request: we encourage you to submit your full paper to any Journal you so desire; all published literature in our field can help improve Plastic Surgery. The choice is yours, and we look forward to reading your final work soon.
The abstracts and posters published on PRSGlobalOpen.com offer the authors, the Society, industry, and the global medical community valuable insights and data from Plastic Surgery the Meeting in an indexed, searchable, sharable, and freely available package. Read, discuss, share, Tweet, Like, and link to these abstracts. If you use Twitter, be sure to use “#PSTM17,” “#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 Orlando, Florida (October 6–10, 2017). 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 Senior Managing Editor, for coordinating the effort between society and publisher. I am very thankful for the leadership of the ASPS/PSF, especially ASPS President Debra Johnson MD, PSF President Paul S. Cederna, 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 open access abstract supplement to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery–Global Open; we have succeeded if 1 abstract or poster piques your interest and gets you thinking about the future of global plastic surgery.