Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Editorial Board

Most Editorial Board Members for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) serve as either “Section Editors,” "Associate Editors,” “International Associate Editors,” or “Partner Society Associate Editors.” All have the same set of basic responsibilities. 

“Section Editors,” "Associate Editors” and “International Associate Editors” are recommended for nomination by the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Editor based on reviewer performance. They are confirmed by the Managing Committee and then presented to the Editorial Board as a whole for confirmation. Finally, the editors are approved by the ASPS Executive Committee. Terms will last 4 years. At the end of the first term, depending upon willingness, performance as a reviewer, and the needs of the Journal, PRS Editorial Board Members may be re-elected to a second term of 4 years.

“Partner Society Associate Editors” are recommended by members of societies who partner with the ASPS as “MOU partners.” They are vetted by the Editor-in-Chief and the Co-Editor, nominated by the Managing Committee and then confirmed by the Editorial Board. Finally, editors are approved by the ASPS Executive Committee. Terms will last 2 years. At the end of the first term, depending upon willingness, performance as a reviewer, and the needs of the Journal, PRS Partner Society Associate Editorial Board Members can be re-elected to a second term of 2 years.

Under unique situations, Editors may be renewed beyond the end of their second terms for special "Business Extensions." These are approved by the Managing Committee, Editorial Board, and Executive Committee as well.

Additional Editors, "Contributing Editors," "Consulting Editors," and "Resident Ambassadors" have unique responsibilities.  

“Section Editors,” "Associate Editors,” “International Associate Editors,” and “Partner Society Associate Editors” all have the same set of basic responsibilities:
  • Continued excellence in reviewing articles for PRS, meeting or exceeding the baseline reviewer metrics for their respective post:
    • Section Editors: Agree to 90% of reviewer invitations; Complete 90% of those reviews no more than 2 days late on average.
    • Associate Editors:  Agree to 80% of reviewer invitations; Complete 90% of those reviews no more than 2 days late on average.
    • International & Partner Society Associate Editors:  Agree to 75% of reviewer invitations; Complete 90% of those reviews no more than 2 days late on average.
      Serve as peer reviewers for articles from specific global regions for regional perspective;
  • Serve as peer reviewers for articles from specific global regions for regional perspective;
  • Attendance at the Editorial Board meetings, held at the ASPS Annual Meeting;
  • Participation in Ad Hoc Committees which conduct studies and implement new initiatives for the Journal;
  • Become a “PRS ambassador": read articles at PRSJournal.com and share articles via social networks, promote the Journal, participate in special contests and interactive events on the website.
  • General advocacy of the Journal and its sister publication, PRS Global Open
  • Provide assistance with special projects upon request, such as building collections, generating article topics, soliciting articles, serving on supplements as Guest Editors or reviewers;
  • Consider submitting manuscripts to PRS;
  • Potentially serve as a guest at Managing Committee or Strategic Planning Meetings, if requested
  • Fill out ASPS Conflict of Interest Disclosure form and Reviewer COI form on an annual basis

“Section Editors” have expanded responsibilities:
  • Serve as CHIEF peer reviewer for respective sections (increased reviewing workload)
  • Willingness to be called upon for additional extra projects based upon the section and the needs of the Journal
  • Attendance of the annual Strategic Planning meeting upon request
  • Serve on the Managing Committee, which manages both PRS and its sister publication, PRS Global Open; Attend the Annual Managing Committee Meeting for the Journal held at the ASPS Annual Meeting;
  • Timely response to the Editorial Office (<48 hours) for Summary Reviews and Tie-Breaker Reviews.
  • Preview the controversial/challenging submissions sent to the Journal that pertain to their section. 
    • They will not be expected to preview all of the manuscripts sent that pertain to their section—the Editor-in-Chief will send only the controversial or challenging papers. 
    • The Section Editors will then review papers and determine if they should be reviewed at all (or summarily rejected). If they should be reviewed, they can suggest potential reviewers for the papers. (Section Editors will probably review fewer papers than they currently do, but are asked to preview papers and provide potential reviewers to the Editor.)
  • Generate lists of articles to solicit in specific section based upon request
  • Assist the Editor and Co-Editor to review TOCs of potential supplements that pertain to their sections; help think of potential sponsors for supplements that pertain to their sections upon request
  • Potentially participate on quarterly or intermittent conference calls in relation to the Journal Managing Committee


"Resident Ambassadors:"
Resident Ambassadors to the PRS Editorial Board are selected from active participation and demonstrated leadership and initiative in the PRS & PRS Global Open Resident Advisory Board. Resident Advisory Board Interested Parties as well as nominees from the members of both Editorial Boards are welcome year-round. They are vetted by the Editor-in-Chief and the Co-Editor, nominated by the Managing Committee and then confirmed by the Editorial Board. Finally, editors are approved by the ASPS Executive Committee. Resident Ambassadors serve for 1 year, with an option for a 1-year renewal of service.

Duties:
  • PRS Journal Club:
    • Select in a timely fashion Journal Club picks monthly and provide 3 classic articles (including one classic CME) and classic videos where applicable (monthly)
    • Arrange, Schedule, and Conduct monthly podcasts with co-ambassadors and special guest on 3 Journal Club topics, adhering to schedule (monthly)
    • Select, help promote, develop questions for, and moderate live Facebook Q&A discussion of selected Journal Club article (monthly)
  • PRS Grand Rounds:
    • Work with Editorial Office and Editor-in-Chief to coordinate, arrange, and promote quarterly PRS Grand Rounds lectures via Facebook Live.
    • Assist a local lecturer with set-up, presentation development, and back-end support during their lecture. 
  • Represent the Journal and its interests with an active and engaged social media presence (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube preferred)
  • Serve as peer reviewers on any resident-specific PRS and PRS Global Open submissions
  • Serve as a frequent blogger for “PRS Resident Chronicles”
  • Help maintain and update Resident-specific content and framework on PRSJournal.com as needed
    • Including but not limited to creating and maintaining any Resident-specific article collections
    • Attend annual Strategic Planning Meeting upon invitation and/or Editorial Board meeting as a representative voice for the resident community
  • Provide feedback on resident-facing initiatives
  • Serve as an ambassador for PRS initiatives, promoting PRS and affiliated products where possible.


"Consulting," "Contributing," and additional Editors:

Consulting, Contributing, and additional Editors on the PRS Editorial Board are expected to serve as excellent peer reviewers for both journals, but also are responsible for completing repeating specialty assessments and creating unique output that add additional value, material, and engagement-opportunities to the Journal. The Outcomes, Safety and CME Consulting Editors serve on the joint PRS and PRS Global Open Managing Committee. Contributing Editors and the CPT-ICD-10 Coding and Psychosocial Issues Consulting Editors do not serve on the Managing Committee. Appointments to these specialty positions do not have set term limits, though performance and willingness and desire to continue are assessed every four years. The particular tasks assigned to each specialty editor is as follows:

  • ASPS Advertising Editor is responsible for reviewing advertisements to all ASPS publications to ensue compliance with advertising policy
  • Review Editor is responsible for coordinating the book and media review section of the Journal
  • CME Consulting Editor is responsible for defining the on-going scope of content and assisting solicit content for the monthly CME articles and assessment test on ASPS Ed Net. The CME Editor helps write and re-write the multiple-choice questions, proofs the tests on ASPS Ed Net, and generally assists with all aspects of the CME process.
  • Safety Consulting Editor is responsible for assessing each issue of PRS and determining which articles meet the metrics to allow readers to claim one (1) hour of Category 2 Patient Safety Credit
  • Outcomes Consulting Editor is responsible for assessing each issue of PRS and determining which articles meet the strict guidelines to be labeled as one of four Outcomes subcategories (Prevention, Quality of Care, Patient-Reported Health, and Cost). This assessment ensures that outcomes research is presented in a standardized fashion that is easily understandable.
  • CPT-ICD-10 Coding Consulting Editor is responsible for writing 1 – 2 CPT Coding Perspective Columns for each issue of PRS.
  • Psychosocial Issues Consulting Editor is responsible for annually writing at least 4 "Psychosocial Insights" Columns on specific articles in PRS.
  • Video Index Contributing Editor is responsible for assessing the video content in each full issue or compendium of each journal and updating the PRS and PRS Global Open Complete Video Index database. This editor also provides social media content to highlight certain videos each month.