Journal of Plastic Surgery – An Example of a Systematic Review

Divino Plastic Surgery Blog by Dr. Carlos Chacon

December 29, 2022

Plastic Surgery

A systematic review thoroughly examines a research topic and is commonly used in scientific disciplines such as medicine and law. It is a process that involves identifying a problem, conducting a comprehensive literature search, interpreting the results that have been presented, and presenting the findings in an orderly and logical manner. The Journal of Plastic Surgery provides an excellent example of a systematic review.

Include relevant references

Plastic Surgery, an official journal of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), publishes original articles about developments in plastic surgery. It provides a forum for discussion. However, authors must comply with guidelines when submitting a paper. If not, it may affect the time and approval of the manuscript.

The editorial team will review all contributions. The editor makes the final decision on whether a paper is accepted or rejected. For review papers, authors must include at least 80 references. Likewise, letter submissions should consist of at least five references.

As a rule, letters should be no more than 800 words. Include all references to previous articles in your reference list. Also, avoid including unpublished data or material.

Ensure that all references are accurate. Remember to use the PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analyses. They include the following guidelines:

Structure your article as an Introduction, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Each section should be brief and accurate. The introduction should provide a brief background to the study, its objectives, and a summary of the main findings. This should be followed by statistical analysis and conclusions.

Conduct a comprehensive literature search

The Journal of Plastic Surgery is an official journal of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons (BRASS). It publishes original articles about plastic surgery developments and provides a forum for discussion and correspondence. As such, researchers and practitioners are encouraged to contribute to the prestigious journal by submitting significant articles. However, the manuscript must meet the journal’s requirements before a paper can be considered for publication.

According to the AMA’s Manual of Style, a successful manuscript must include the following. First, the paper must be formatted correctly. Next, the author must include all relevant references to previous articles. Third, the author must limit citations to those that are essential. Finally, the author must have the appropriate EQUATOR Network1 Checklist as an appendix. This article will walk you through the best practices for successful submission.

In addition to the steps mentioned earlier, this study’s authors also conducted a comprehensive literature search. They used both Google and Google Scholar search engines to locate relevant publications. Additionally, they keyed in binding terms in relevant databases, including PubMed and EMBASE.

Interpret the results that have been presented

The Journal of Plastic Surgery is the official journal of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons. It provides an open forum for plastic surgery practitioners to present original articles and discuss developments in the field. There is no formal publication process, and the reports are often selected based on the topic’s relevance and the author’s suitability. Nevertheless, it is a reputable outlet for the latest research, reflected in its high acceptance rate.

A systematic review is an essential component of evidence-based plastic surgery decision-making. To conduct a systematic review, you must have a sound plan for searching, securing good quality research, and interpreting the study results. This is a difficult feat to achieve, especially in an area as specialized as plastic surgery. However, a well-conducted systematic review can provide a solid foundation for informed, evidence-based decisions. For example, systematic reviews can be a valuable guide for discerning the effects of complex interventions.

Identify long-standing problems

If you are a plastic surgeon, you have probably wondered how a growing number of hospitals and health systems have been responding to the increased demand for surgical intervention in the emergency room. The answer is that some hospitals have closed their ranks to overrepresented medical specialties, such as plastic surgery. However, there is an evolution in the surgical referral environment that must be recognized early to ensure that safety standards are met.

Hospitals compete directly with each other for patients, and some seek to minimize financial losses by directly competing for surgeons. This has created a shift in the economic environment for plastic surgeons. Plastic surgeons can no longer rely on hospital-based OON fees to cover their on-call responsibilities at the hospital level. Those who subscribe to OON must maintain hospital privileges only in accredited facilities.

As an alternative, plastic surgeons can reduce their practice’s volume by directing patients to one-room surgical suites or local anesthesia. These options can keep busy practices moving forward while allowing the surgeon to avoid hospital on-call responsibilities.