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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal announces global expansion initiatives

2 of the largest plastic surgery markets collaborate to advance research through online content exchange; 2013 launch planned for new PRS open access journal

New York, NY (October 25, 2012) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS), official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), announced today two publishing initiatives that will expand the reach of PRS to the international plastic surgery community: A publishing partnership between PRS and Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Plastica (RBCP), the official journal of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, to exchange content through a collaborative online presence for their members and journal readers; and the publication of a new peer-reviewed, international open access title, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open, to be released in 2013 as a complementary title to PRS.

These publishing initiatives are an integral part of the ASPS mission to educate and support plastic surgeons globally with convenient, easy access to the highest quality research used to help inform their practice and improve patient care.

"The collaboration between PRS and RBCP is an important step in advancing plastic surgery research between our markets, and beyond," said Rod J. Rohrich, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal. "Advancing PRS research into new markets is an important goal for the journal, and this partnership with Brazil, coupled with next year's launch of our open access title will deliver us an international scope and reach to advance research for the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery specialty."

Now, the two leading plastic surgery markets (US and Brazil) will exchange research to support practitioners in their professional development. As part of the partnership, a new RBCP website will be launched to members attending the 2012 ASPS Annual Meeting Oct. 26-30, in New Orleans, LA. The RBCP portal site will be published 'alongside' PRSJournal.com, allowing members and readers easy access to the content. ASPS members and PRS subscribers will have full access to the RBCP content in English online, and content will be searchable for users on both sites. In addition, both journals will mutually exchange select articles and reprints in print, web and app formats. The RBCP site provides Brazilian practitioners with:

"The Brazilian plastic surgeons are among the most passionate and creative physicians within our specialty. This partnership initiative will provide US plastic surgeons with a valuable vehicle to tap into the research advances among the Brazilian society's leaders, while allowing for an exchange of academic information and technical innovation between our countries," added Dr. James Stuzin, MD, Co-Editor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open will be released in 2013 and focus on all areas of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including basic science/experimental studies pertinent to the field and also clinical articles on such topics as: breast reconstruction, head and neck surgery, pediatric and craniofacial surgery, hand and microsurgery, wound healing, and cosmetic and aesthetic surgery. Clinical studies, experimental articles, ideas and innovations, and techniques and case reports are all welcome article types.

As a complimentary journal to the ASPS official journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open will provide an open-access venue for research studies sponsored by private and public funding agencies that require open access publication of study results. The journal's mission is to disseminate high quality, peer-reviewed research in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to the widest possible global audience, through an online only, open access publishing platform. Learn more at this Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open information page, where details on manuscript submissions will be available shortly.

The ASPS 2012 Annual Meeting will be held October 26-30 in New Orleans, LA, where Brazil is the guest nation. Attendees will have an opportunity learn more about the PRS RBCP partnership and view the new portal. Media and visitors are encouraged to visit Booth# 1415 for more information. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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About Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

For more than 60 years, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has been the one consistently excellent reference for every specialist who uses plastic surgery techniques or works in conjunction with a plastic surgeon. The official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery brings subscribers up-to-the-minute reports on the latest techniques and follow-up for all areas of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including breast reconstruction, experimental studies, maxillofacial reconstruction, hand and microsurgery, burn repair, and cosmetic surgery, as well as news on medico-legal issues.

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. You can learn more and visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at www.plasticsurgery.org or www.facebook.com/PlasticSurgeryASPS and www.twitter.com/ASPS_news.

About Wolters Kluwer Health - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher of trusted content delivered in innovative ways to practitioners, professionals and students to learn new skills, stay current on their practice, and make important decisions to improve patient care and clinical outcomes. LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2011 annual revenues of 3.4 billion ($4.7 billion).



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