2023 Annual Report of Plastic and Aesthetic Research

Published on: 16 Jan 2024 Viewed: 187

The year 2023 stands out as a noteworthy chapter in the evolution of Plastic and Aesthetic Research (PAR). We take immense pride in the significant progress made towards advancing academic knowledge and nurturing a dynamic scholarly community. The unwavering commitment of our Editorial Board members, reviewers, and authors has played a pivotal role in upholding the elevated standards of excellence that define our journal.

Our dedication to rigorous peer review processes has yielded the publication of cutting-edge research across diverse fields. PAR has expanded its global presence, connecting with researchers and scholars from more than 20 countries and regions, thereby making substantial contributions to the academic sphere. The Editorial Office of PAR is honored to highlight the journal's numerous accomplishments in 2023 from the following six perspectives.

1. First CiteScore

In 2023, we are thrilled to announce that PAR received its first CiteScore of 1.4, ranking 285th in Q3 among 495 journals in the category of "Medicine: Surgery"[Figure 1]. As of the end of December, the PAR CiteScore has increased to 2.0. This achievement signifies the remarkable progress of PAR in the field of plastic surgery, driven by its high-quality open-access publications.

Figure 1. CiteScore of the journal PAR.

2. Publications

In 2023, PAR received a total of 142 submissions, ultimately publishing 71 articles, which comprised 9 Original Articles, 46 Review Articles, 4 Case Report Articles, 3 Technical Note Articles, 3 Perspective Articles, 2 Systematic Review Articles, 2 Commentary Articles, 1 Meta-Analysis Article, and 1 Editorial Article [Figure 2]. These publications, collectively authored by 268 individuals, resonated profoundly with readers. Covering a wide spectrum of research areas--ranging from lymphedema, peripheral nerve repair, head and neck surgery, fat grafting, hand surgery, gender-affirming surgery, wound healing, foot and ankle reconstruction, breast reconstruction, to cleft lip and palate treatments, these articles made significant contributions to their respective fields. Their impact reverberated globally, earning widespread recognition within the academic sphere.

The majority of authors hailed from prestigious institutions such as New York University, Brown University, Harvard Medical School, Fudan University, and the University of Michigan. They are mainly found in the following 13 countries: the United States, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, South Korea, Sweden, Australia, China, Netherlands, India, and Serbia. [Figure 3].

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Figure 2. Distribution of manuscript types

Figure 3. Country/Region distribution of the authors

3. Editorial Board

2023 has been a year of growth for our journal, marked by the addition of 30 new Editorial Board members [Figure 4]. With a total of 151 members from 20 different countries, our diverse and esteemed editorial team continues to drive the excellence of our content [Figure 5].

Their expertise has been invaluable in maintaining the high standards that our readers and authors have come to expect. As we conclude the year, we extend our gratitude to our dedicated contributors and we will continue to uphold the principle of high-quality publishing, striving together to promote truly valuable articles and scientific endeavors.

Figure 4. New members who joined the Editorial Board in 2023.

Figure 5. Distribution of Editorial Board

4. Special Issues

In 2023, PAR published a total of 19 Special Issues [Figure 6]. Internationally renowned experts (Guest Editor) leading these Special Issues come from the following prestigious institutions: International Center for Lymphedema, Hamilton Health Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Yale New Haven Hospital, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Bogenhausen Academic Hospital, etc.

Figure 6. Covers of Special Issues

5. Interviews

As of December 31, 2023, we were privileged to interview five distinguished experts in the field of aesthetic surgery [Figure 7]. Their insights and perspectives enriched our journal, providing valuable knowledge to our readers. Grateful for the expertise shared:

(1) Prof. Isao Koshima, Professor of International Center for Lymphedema, Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan.

  • President of World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Honorary President of International Society of Lymphology

(2) Prof. Mark K. Wax, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University.

  • Director of Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
  • President of the American Association of Otolaryngologists
  • Chair of the American Microvascular Committee

(3) Prof. Yong Ju Jang, Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea.

  • Former President of both the Pan-Asian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PAAFPRS) and the Korean Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (KAFPRS)

(4) Dr. John Holds, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, USA.
     Dr. Patrick Micheels, Private Practice, Geneva, Switzerland.

Figure 7. Special Interview with Experts

6. Webinars:

In 2023, PAR hosted five international webinars, attracting over 50,000 participants worldwide [Figure 8]. The webinars provided a dynamic space for in-depth discussions and exploration of the latest trends and advancements in the realm of plastic and aesthetic surgery. We extend our sincere appreciation to all participants and speakers for contributing to the success of these events.

(1) Aesthetic Microsurgical Reconstruction (Hand and Face)

Chair: Isao Koshima, Professor of the International Center for Lymphedema, Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan.

(2) Dermal Fillers

Chair: Nan-Ze Yu, Associate Professor at the Department of Plastic Surgery, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China.

(3) Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema

Chair: Michele Maruccia, Professor of the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Bari, Italy.

(4) Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies

Chair: Raffaele Rauso, Chief of Head & Neck Unit at Private Hospital “Cobellis” in Vallo della Lucania, Naples, Italy.

(5) New Developments and Concerns in Abdominoplasty

Chair: Roberto Cuomo, Associate Professor at Department of Medicine, Surgery and Neuroscience, University of Siena, Siena, Italy.

Figure 8. Detailed Information about the PAR Online Webinars

As we reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, we anticipate a future marked by continued growth and scholarly impact. PAR will consistently adhere to the principles of high-quality academic publishing and remain committed to facilitating groundbreaking research, embracing scientific innovations, and providing a wide platform for academic exchange. We express sincere gratitude to our authors, Editorial Board members, reviewers, and readers for their steadfast support and anticipate another year of influential publications and collaborative advancements.

Editor: Frida Yuan, Thea Zhang, Cindy Wang
Language Editor: Catherine Yang
Production Editor: Yan Zhang
Respectfully Submitted by the Editorial Office of
Plastic and Aesthetic Research

Plastic and Aesthetic Research
ISSN 2349-6150 (Online)   2347-9264 (Print)


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