The 2019 Annual Report meeting of Plastic and Aesthetic Research (PAR) was held on January 20, 2020. Smart Zhang, the Managing Editor, reported the development of the journal over the past year to all members of the Editorial Office. The main contents of the report are as follows.
First, thanks to our Editor-in-Chief Prof. Raúl González-García, the Editorial Board members, reviewers, authors and readers, in 2019, under concerted efforts of experts and all editorial staff, the journal insisted on publishing high-quality articles, and speeding up the process of publication and actively countered new challenges and innovations with better services for authors, readers and other experts.
In 2019, PAR published a total of 33 articles, mostly review articles (Figure 1). PAR has always pursued high-quality publishing with scientific rigor by releasing contributions by authors from mainly 10 countries, such as the United States and South Korea (Figure 2). The rate of rejection was 49.57% in 2019. The 33 articles were read cumulatively 40,587 times in 2019, and were downloaded 7690 times. According to the statistics, the most viewed article was a review article, entitled "Prosthetic and orthotic options for lower extremity amputation and reconstruction", and the most downloaded article was an original article, entitled "Surgical management of zygomatic complex fractures in a major trauma centre".
Figure 1: Typology of articles published in 2019
Figure 2: Authors' countries of origin for articles published in 2019
The readership increased to 211 countries in 2019, and the proportion of readers from Europe and the United States was increased compared with 2018 (Figure 3). As the readership expands and the international influence grows, more and more renowned experts have been inspired to set up special issues and support the development of the journal.At present, 16 special issues are running: New Perspectives in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction; Accurate Repair of Mandibular Fractures; Negative Pressure Wound Therapy; Updates and Current Trends in Fat Grafting; Scar tissue prevention and revision; Latest Advances in Penile Reconstruction; Advances in Microsurgery for Hand Reconstruction; Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering; Management and Treatment of Ptosis; Lasers Rejuvenation; Updates and Current Trends in Facial Rejuvenation and Neck Rejuvenation; The Role of Hyaluronic Acid in Modern Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery; Art and Science of Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Repair; New Perspectives in Lymphedema; Recent Advances in Skin Anti-aging Agents; Capsular Contracture and Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma: Risk Factors, Aetiopathogenesis and Prevention.
Figure 3: The readership distribution by country (%) in 2019
PAR also carried out extensive cooperation activities in 2019, establishing close ties with six large international conferences/Society:11th 5-Continent-Congress; Annual Congress of KAFPRS 2019 in conjunction with 10th AFPSS Congress; The 6th Annual Event 11 Days of Facial Plastic Surgery; The 6th Chinese Academic Conference on Adipose Medicine & 4th International Plastic Surgery Summit; Revista Española de Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial (RECOM); and Asian Facial Plastic Surgery Society.
The contribution and support from our Editor-in-Chief and all the Editorial Board members, reviewers, authors, readers, etc. in 2019 are greatly appreciated! Although achievements have been made in the last year, we still have some pressing issues and need to improve. In 2020, PAR will focus on establishing more influential special issues, insisting on publishing high-quality articles, and disseminating valuable articles to readers quickly. PAR will also reinforce the team of Editorial Board members, strengthen external cooperation, actively cooperate with more well-known associations or conferences, improve the journal's influence, and promote the development of this field together. This year brings a new beginning! Let us forge ahead together and continue to provide our readers/experts with a high-quality journal they have come to expect of us. We wish all of you a prosperous new year.