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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery journal’s Impact Factor ranks No. 1 in specialty, among best of all surgical journals
PRS Impact Factor jumps to 3.78, 5-year Impact Factor tops 4.0

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official scientific journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, improved upon its specialty leading Impact Factor in Web of Science's newly released 2016 Journal Citation Report.

A journal's impact factor is a measure of how frequently the average article in a publication is cited throughout scientific literature during the year. In total, PRS articles were cited more than 34,000 times in 2016, up from 29,000 in 2015. This year's score ranks PRS No. 23 of 196 surgery journals and No. 1 in the specialty of plastic surgery worldwide.

The journal's 3.784 Impact Factor marks its highest ranking in at least 20 years, topping its 3.535 score of 2013. PRS also saw its five-year Impact Factor reach a new height at 4.030 and its 0.827 Immediacy Index (the average number of times an article is cited in the year it is published) are all the highest they have ever been.

"The latest Impact Factor reflects and further validates that PRS continues to be the best-of-the-best peer-reviewed journal in the specialty of plastic surgery globally, in all areas of plastic surgery, from cosmetic to reconstructive surgery," said PRS Editor-in-Chief Rod Rohrich, MD. "It is the PRS journal that all plastic surgeons turn to for the most innovative, most leading-edge research and most trusted clinical articles that emphasize patient safety and evidence-based medicine."

"The Impact Factor largely reflects the increasing academic global interest in many of the specialty areas of plastic surgery, specifically breast and cosmetic surgery," said James Stuzin, MD, co-editor of PRS. "While the number of annual citations attributable to PRS has essentially tripled in the last decade, that fact is secondary to providing evidence-based outcome information, which ultimately allows plastic surgeons to deliver better care to our patients."

About Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

For over 75 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 largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 11,000 physician members worldwide, the society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 92 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.

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