Dan Sullivan – November 5th, 2005
A few weeks prior to Plastic Surgery 2009, the Editorial Office of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery received notification that it had won a 2009 APEX Award of Excellence. The APEX awards, in their 21st year, recognize excellence in publications work by professional communicators.
APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. APEX Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in each of a number of categories. PRS won in the category for print Magazines and Journals over 32 pages. This is the first year that the Journal has won this award.
Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of PRS, was pleased with the announcement. “This award represents recognition of the high standards and quality that the Journal upholds in every issue,” he said. Although PRS has always prided itself on the best possible presentation of its content, the last several years has seen substantial improvements. “The sectional format of the Journal, updated article layout, and emphasis on high quality color figures has dramatically improved the presentation of PRS articles,” Rohrich continued. “We don’t charge for color images, so there’s no reason not to have the journal filled with color images.”
Rohrich commented that one of his goals is to have “every article read well and every figure look as good as possible”. He credited his editorial office staff (Angela Burch, Coordinator for Graphic Design, Donnell Moore, Coordinator for Peer Review/CME, Dan Sullivan, Managing Editor, Ed Tynan, Staff Editor, and Aaron Weinstein, Coordinator for Production/Supplements) as well as the Journal’s Editorial Board and the publisher as the primary reasons for the highly refined final product.
Formal presentation of the award took place at the PRS Editorial Board Meeting during Plastic Surgery 2009. Karen Abramson, President and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Research/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins/Ovid Technologies, along with James R. Mulligan, Publisher of PRS, made the presentation to Dr. Rohrich, President John Canady, and the entire Editorial Board.
Upon receiving the award, Dr. Rohrich stated, “This award rightfully acknowledges the consistently excellent work done by the Editorial Office team and publisher, and reflects the excellent spirit of communication between the Journal, Society, and publisher in a complex collaborative effort. Winning this award stands out as a very proud moment for me, the Journal, and the Society.”