Newswise — September 10, 2014 – The editors of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open®, the official medical journals of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) today announced the winners of their second annual Best Paper Awards, created to honor outstanding research and reviews from the previous year.

The authors of the winning papers will be honored at Plastic Surgery—The Meeting 2014, the annual scientific meeting of the ASPS, to be held October 10-14, 2014 in Chicago, Ill., at McCormick Place West. "We hope our annual award program will encourage our readers to check out some outstanding new research that's worthy of their attention—and perhaps get them to think about writing and sharing their own research to help advance the practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery worldwide," comments Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, Editor-in-Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Awards Honor Top-Quality Plastic Surgery ResearchThe awards recognize the best new papers by US and International authors, contributing to diverse areas of plastic surgery research. In Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the winner for Best US Paper is '"The Double-Bubble Deformity: Cause, Prevention, and Treatment" by Dr. Neal Handel.

The Best International Paper from PRS is "Hyalurostructure Treatment: Superior Clinical Outcome through a New Protocol—A 4-Year Comparative Study of Two Methods for Tear Trough Treatment," by Drs. Philippe Berros, Lilian Lax, and Frédéric Bétis of Monaco and Germany. Winner of the Best Guest Nation Paper, from Australia, is "The Effects of Postmastectomy Adjuvant Radiotherapy on Immediate Two-Stage Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction: A Systematic Review," by Dr. Thomas C. Lam, et al.

This year's award for Best Cosmetic Paper goes to "Extended Lower Lid Blepharoplasty for Eyelid and Midface Rejuvenation" by Drs. Patrick K. Sullivan and Brian C. Drolet. The Best Breast Paper is "A Matched Cohort Study of Superomedial Pedicle Vertical Scar Breast Reduction (100 Breasts) and Traditional Inferior Pedicle Wise-Pattern Reduction (100 Breasts): An Outcomes Study over 3 Years" by Dr. Anuja K. Antony, et al.

The winner for Best Experimental Paper is "True and Choke Anastomoses between Perforator Angiosomes: Part I. Anatomical Location," by Drs. G. Ian Taylor, Daniel P. Chubb, and Mark W. Ashton. In the category of Best Emerging Author Paper, the winner is "Surgical Treatment of Facial Soft-Tissue Deformities in Postburn Patients: A Proposed Classification Based on a Retrospective Study," with Drs. Tao Zan, Haizhou Li, and Zijing Du recognized as first-time authors.

New Award Categories, and Initial Best Paper Awards for PRS Global OpenThe 2014 awards for PRS also include several new categories, including Best Breast Paper, Best Hand Paper. Best Pediatric/Craniofacial Paper, and an Honorable Mention for Most Public-Interest Paper.

In addition, this year marks the inaugural Best Paper Awards for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open, which was launched in 2013. Reflecting the international orientation of PRS Global Open, Best Regional Paper award winners are designated from Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America, along with awards for Best International Collaboration. Reflecting the journal's commitment to reporting interesting and informative cases and clinical experiences, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards are presented in the category of Best Case Report. The full lists of 2014 Best Paper Awards are listed and linked in special topic collections posted on the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and PRS Global Open websites.

The awards reflect an objective scoring process, based on the number of full-text and PDF article views on the journal website, the number of times the papers were shared by e-mail, the number of times they were added to a user's personal collection on www.PRSJournal.com or www.PRSGlobalOpen.com. Average monthly scores were calculated to adjust for the time the paper was available.

All those attending Plastic Surgery—The Meeting 2014 are invited to join Dr. Rohrich, MD, at the PRS and PRS Global Open booth in the ASPS Resource Center on Sunday, October 12, at 2:30 pm for the Best Paper Awards presentation ceremony. "On behalf of the Editorial Boards of both journals, we congratulate all our winners and all published authors" Dr. Rohrich adds. "We welcome submissions from across the globe, and are eager to see the next 'best papers' in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and PRS Global Open."

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open® are published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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