I proudly present the fourth edition of the PRS Global Open abstract supplement for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting: Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2019 (Fig. 1). I hope you joined us live in San Diego for PSTM, so you could experience in person all of the courses, Journal-related events, social gatherings, and – of course— abstract presentations and poster displays. Whether you have found these abstracts between courses at PSTM, after meeting with the amazing Editorial Office staff at the PRS Global Open booth in the ASPS Resource Center in San Diego, or are reading them from a different continent long after fall of 2019, I encourage you to read, study, and share the 2019 abstracts and posters; these represent the efforts of hundreds of plastic surgeons, researchers, residents, and team-members from across the world, including Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, and beyond! It is my firm belief that these short abstracts truly provide us a window to the future of our field. The briefings you read herein are the seeds which will grow into the studies and output that will impact the field of Plastic Surgery for years to come.
PRS Global Open (Fig. 2) 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 two years in a row by the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence as one of the best Electronic Journals, and by the Folio: Eddie and Ozzie publishing-industry awards in the “Digital Edition” category.
The publication of our Society’s abstracts and posters in PRS Global Open is significant because they are disseminated to a boundless 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. To help you better find the advances that matter most to you, this year we’ve organized the abstracts by topical section: Aesthetic, Breast, Craniofacial, Reconstructive, Hand, Practice Management, Research and Technology, and Surgical Pearls. The open access nature of these abstracts, coupled with the easily-navigable sections, will allow the abstracts and posters to extend beyond the four fall days of Plastic Surgery The Meeting, and truly influence the future of our field. These seeds that may grow into the forthcoming forests of our field’s clinical and research breakthrough are free to read, share, cite, and discuss for anyone, anywhere with an internet connection. Read them, discuss them, take to social media and post a short video of you discussing your favorite entries as part of the #PRSGlobalOpenUp challenge, and join the global plastic surgery movement in improving plastic surgery patient safety, outcomes, and care one open access article, abstract, and poster at a time.
To the authors of the abstracts and posters in this publication, you have already done the hard part: you envisioned the study, executed your plan, gathered the data, and have studied the results to make the first conclusions. I encourage you to 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 Editorial Office team in Dallas, Texas, USA, is available 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 be published as an original article or special topic in the literature, and start to inform the global plastic surgery community. This is an invitation, not a mandate. Feel free to submit your paper to any Journal you so desire—but do your homework and avoid predatory journals (1); all published literature in our field can help improve Plastic Surgery! We look forward to reading your work wherever you choose to publish it.
The abstracts and posters published on PRSGlobalOpen.com offer the authors, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, industry partners, and the global medical community important insights and data from Plastic Surgery the Meeting in an indexed, searchable, shareable, 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 “#PSTM19,” “#PRSGlobalOpen,” and “#PlasticSurgery” to join the plastic surgery community at large in the social media discussion. If you use Instagram, we challenge you to “PRS Global Open Up”: post a less-than-one-minute video of you discussing an abstract or poster you’ve read and found valuable, use the hashtag “#PRSGlobalOpenUp”, link to the article in your bio, and challenge a colleague to do the same! As always, feel free to tag PRS Global Open (Instagram: @PRSGlobalOpen; Twitter: @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 San Diego, California (September 20 – 23). 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. For PSTM 19, there were two tiers of abstract acceptance. Tier 1 acceptances were reserved for abstracts rated among the Top 200 based on committee review. Tier 1 and Tier 2 abstracts were scheduled for a 5-minute presentation during Plastic Surgery The Meeting. Only Tier 1 abstracts are published in this PRS Global Open abstract supplement. Tier 2 abstracts will be published on the ASPS website after the meeting. There was no differentiation between abstract presentations during the meeting.
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 Alan Matarasso, MD, PSF President Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS, FACS, FRCSC, 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 makes you consider a new possibility or technique in the future of global plastic surgery, then the supplement has succeeded.
We look forward to receiving your abstract and poster submissions for the next Plastic Surgery The Meeting, being held in San Francisco, California from October 16 - 19, 2020. Check www.PlasticSurgery.org in December 2019 for information about our next call for abstracts.