Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) accepted for indexing by the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

New York, NY ( January 6, 2009) – Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ), an official peer-reviewed publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), has been accepted for indexing by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in MEDLINE/PubMed (www.pubmed.gov), the world’s most widely accessed medical database. MEDLINE is the NLM’s premier bibliographic database containing references to journal articles from 1950 to the present in the life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. PubMed is a searchable database that includes over 18 million citations and abstracts from MEDLINE and other life science journals. It includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

“Only a small percentage of journals that apply for indexing each year are approved by the NLM, and most are research journals. This achievement reflects worldwide recognition of the clinical and scientific importance of aesthetic plastic surgery as well as the quality of the Journal’s content,” says Editor in Chief Foad Nahai, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.

The NLM journal selection process includes close examination of all aspects of submitted journals including the importance, quality and scope of content; expertise and qualifications of the Editorial Board; conformity of the editorial process with currently accepted standards for scholarly journals; and production quality. [For more information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/jsel.html]

Indexing comes at a pivotal time in the journal’s history – the retirement of Stanley A. Klatsky, MD after 11 years as editor in chief. This achievement reflects his initiative to make the necessary changes over the years to ensure that ASJ became indexed by NLM. In his farewell editorial in the November/December 2008 issue of ASJ, he states, “Our indexed status can certainly be viewed as a breakthrough in making important information about aesthetic surgery easily accessible to clinicians and researchers around the world.” He goes on to thank everyone who contributed to the journal’s success over the years and to pass on the legacy to Dr. Foad Nahai, the new editor in chief starting in January 2009.

“Already the most widely read journal in the field of cosmetic surgery, ASJ will now be even more broadly available to clinicians and researchers around the world,” says Dr. Nahai. “Greater accessibility of the Journal’s authoritative and time-sensitive information to physicians worldwide means better and safer care for patients.”

About ASJ

Aesthetic Surgery Journal, owned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and published by Elsevier Science, is a peer-reviewed international journal focusing on clinical and scientific developments in cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medicine. The Journal has subscribers in more than 80 countries. Besides its affiliation with ASAPS, the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in aesthetic surgery, ASJ is also the official English-language journal of plastic surgery societies in Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Costa Rica, Colombia, India and The Netherlands, and it is the official journal of the Rhinoplasty Society. ASJ's Editorial Board includes plastic surgeons and Interspecialty Editors representing anesthesiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology and clinical psychology. For information on the Journal, as well as subscriber and pay-per-view access to the Journal's full text and graphics, go to www.aestheticsurgeryjournal.com.

About ASAPS

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, i the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery, includes Active-Member plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well as International Active Members who hold equivalent credentials in their own countries. For information, visit www.surgery.org.

About ASAPS
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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