I proudly present the third edition of the PRS Global Open (Fig. 1) abstract supplement for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting: Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018. I hope that you have found your way to Chicago, Illinois, to attend PSTM live and experience all that this amazing meeting has to offer. But, no matter where you find yourself, I encourage you to read, learn, and share the 2018 abstracts; these represent the efforts of hundreds of surgeons, researchers, and team members from across the world. Abstracts truly provide us a window to the future of our field. The briefings you read herein are the seeds that will grow into the studies and output that will impact the field of Plastic Surgery for years to come.
PRS Global Open is indexed in SCOPUS, indexed in Web of Science’s eSCI, listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, listed in PubMed Central, discoverable in PubMed, and was honored for the second year in a row by the APEX Awards for publication excellence as one of the best Electronic Journals (Fig. 2). The publication of our Society’s abstracts and posters in PRS Global Open is significant because they are disseminated to a limitless number of interested researchers, young scientists, affiliated specialists, residents and trainees, medical students, and members of the public; open access articles are free to the end users anytime, anywhere, forever. This enables the abstracts and posters to extend beyond the walls of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago and truly beyond the reach of Plastic Surgery The Meeting, and spread across the world. The future of our field’s clinical and research breakthroughs is free to read, share, cite, and discuss for anyone, anywhere with an internet connection. I encourage you to read them and join the worldwide plastic surgery movement in improving plastic surgery patient safety, outcomes, and care one open access article—one open access abstract—at a time.
To the authors of the abstracts and posters in this publication, I remind you that you’ve already done the hard part: You set up the study, collected the data, and have scoured the results to draw some conclusions. So, take the next step! Write and submit a full paper based on your abstract. With this publication, I invite all abstract authors to submit these works to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery–Global Open or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery through Editorial Manager (PRS Global Open:www.editorialmanager.com/gox; PRS:www.editorialmanager.com/prs).
The stalwart 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 and swiftly assess your study’s merits so that your abstract can become published as a full original article in the literature, effect change worldwide, and educate the global plastic surgery community. Of course, this invitation is not binding: feel free to submit your article to any Journal you so desire; all published literature in our field can help improve Plastic Surgery. The choice is up to you; we look forward to reading your final work soon. Please read our recent editorial on predatory journals1 to make sure you do not fall prey to an illegitimate publisher.
The abstracts and posters published on PRSGlobalOpen.com offer the authors, the Society, industry, and the global medical community important insights and data from Plastic Surgery the Meeting in an indexed, searchable, sharable, and freely available package. Read, discuss, share, Tweet, Like, Post, and link to these abstracts. If you use Twitter or Instagram, be sure to use “#PSTM18,” “#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) and the ASPS (Twitter: @ASPSMembers; IG: @PlasticSurgeryASPS) to reach even more people.
We will again be adding “Best Abstract” indicators (Fig. 3) on certain abstracts—based on your input from the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Chicago, Illinois (Seotenber 28 to October 1). 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 efforts of some able and devoted people, including Mary Ellen Bogucki, Educational Program Administrator, 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 Jeffrey Janis MD, PSF President Arun Gosain MD, Society Executive Vice President Michael Costelloe, and Mike Stokes, ASPS Staff Vice President of Communications. I am very thankful for our dutiful and creative production team at Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
I hope you read this open access abstract supplement to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery–Global Open from start to finish; if at least one abstract or poster piques your interest and gets each of you thinking about the future of global plastic surgery, then the supplement was a true success.
We look forward to receiving your abstract and poster submissions for the next Plastic Surgery The Meeting, being held in San Diego, California, from September 20 through September 23, 2019. Check www.PlasticSurgery.org in early December 2018 for information about our next call for abstracts.