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​​​​​​​​The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in l93l, the society is composed of board-certified plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The society advocates for patient safety, such as encouraging its members to operate in surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment a​​nd staffing. The society works in concert with the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), founded in 1948, which supports research and educational programs for plastic surgeons.

Associated Societies 

PRS Global Open is an Official Organ of ICOPLAST, the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies. ICOPLAST was formed during the XXI Ibero-Latin American Congress of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Punta del Este, Uruguay in March 2016. Formally launched by sixty-two founding societies representing over 25,000 aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeons, ICOPLAST does not belong to any continent, region or country but supports plastic surgeons worldwide. Learn more at  Read featured ICOPLAST papers in PRS Global Open. 

PRS Global Open Official Organ Criteria​ 

As societies approach PRS Global Open seeking to adopt the journal as an official organ, the journal editorial office and publisher – at the direction of the Publications Committee – have developed the following policy to define eligibility to officially adopt PRS Global Open as an official organ, as well as the benefits and obligations associated with doing so. Any request by an organization that meets the following criteria and wishes to adopt PRS Global Open as its official organ will be reviewed for recommendation and/or comment by the Publications Committee and elevated to the ASPS Executive Committee for final approval.

  • Membership in the Association must be open to board certified plastic surgeons (or equivalent)
  • The Association must state on its website homepage that PRS Global Open is an official organ and link to the journal, with the journal logo
  • The journal will list the Association as an affiliate on the PRS Global Open website and link to the Association, with the Association’s logo
  • The journal will list the Association in a place of prominence with other affiliated organizations on the journal’s website
  • The journal will allow the Association to post a banner advertisement on the journals’ websites for up to four weeks each calendar year to promote the society or advertise membership or an upcoming meeting(space permitted)
  • The Association will provide PRS Global Open with at least two print ad spaces in its annual meeting program (or other membership publication, totaling at least ½ page of space). If a print program/publication is not available, an online banner advertisement could be substituted with advance notice. The Association would also provide an entry in calendar listings for PRS Global Open events at Plastic Surgery The Meeting and other meetings for which PRS has a presence
  • The Association will contact its membership at least one time per year, encouraging its membership to sign-up for communications from PRS Global Open. The first communication will be a request to subscribe to the monthly electronic Table of Contents newsletter from PRS Global Open; future communications may include recommendations to subscribe to Journal podcasts, social media feeds, or other communications channels
  • The Association may nominate reviewers for PRS Global Open; High-performing reviewers are considered for inclusion on the Editorial Board during the annual on-boarding process. Recommendations and suggestions are welcome, but do not guarantee approval
  • Organizations that choose to partner with PRS Global Open to publish multiple manuscripts are eligible for Article Processing Charge (APC) bundling opportunities. Organizations that make PRS Global Open an official organ and ASPS community groups such as Affiliated Organizations and Managed Services Organizations are eligible for more competitive discounted bundling structures
  • PRS Global Open can publish a supplement of abstracts and/or posters for the Association’s annual meeting(s) on (note: current APC rates would apply)
    • Supplement publication will also include a homepage webpart for the supplement on, featuring the Association’s logo or alternative Association-provided artwork on the ‘cover’ of the digital supplement
    • Supplement publication will also include linking from the Association homepage to the supplement on for an agreed upon period of time following the publication of the supplement
      • ASPS Managed Services Organizations are entitled to publish their abstract/poster supplements in PRS Global Open at a discounted rate
      • ​ASPS Affiliated Organizations are entitled publish their abstract/poster supplements in PRS Global Open with the highest possible discount