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GMS German Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery – Burn and Hand Surgery

Deutsche Gesellschaft der Plastischen, Rekonstruktiven und Ästhetischen Chirurgen (DGPRÄC)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verbrennungsmedizin (DGV)

ISSN 2193-7052

Plastic Surgery via GMS: Interdisciplinary and international


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  • corresponding author Peter M. Vogt - Klinik für Plastische, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany

GMS Ger Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2011;1:Doc01

doi: 10.3205/gpras000001, urn:nbn:de:0183-gpras0000013

This is the English version of the article.
The German version can be found at:

Published: December 14, 2011
Published with erratum: December 16, 2011

© 2011 Vogt.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( You are free: to Share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work, provided the original author and source are credited.


The field of Plastic Surgery covers an enormously wide spectrum of reconstructive and constructive procedures as well as enhancement of the form and visible function of the human body. Inspired by the reconstructive needs of patients suffering from defects, malformations and functional impairment Plastic Surgeons have always pioneered surgical techniques. A major milestone from the late 1960s was reconstructive microsurgery leading to a quantum leap in the quality of reconstructive procedures. Meanwhile this technique has become a standard therapeutic method in Plastic Surgical Centres. Many other innovations have been added – the most recent of them being allogeneic composite tissue transfer following damage by amputation of hand and face and the new concept of regenerative Plastic Surgery.

Our society’s new open access journal GMS German Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery – Burn and Hand Surgery aims at the publication of high quality manuscripts dealing with the whole spectrum of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic, Hand and Burns Surgery fostering an open international scientific exchange. The open access concept will be the future communication platform enabling cost free publications as well as cost free availability of Plastic Surgical science throughout the world. Both colleagues and interested patients will be able to obtain information about modern treatment options easily and for free. The journal will not only be published in German but will be bilingual being also published in English in order to facilitate the spread of information to readers in need of free access to science and clinical practice in Plastic Surgery. Professionals trained by colleagues through support by INTERPLAST Germany, for example, could receive useful input from our free GMS source. We encourage both national and international authors to submit their manuscripts. The journal will also be the platform for publication of the abstracts of the annual conferences of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRAEC) and the German Society of Burn Therapy (DGV). This will be a great asset which will provide the national and international community with a quotable access to the scientific content of our conferences. Next to an interdisciplinary exchange this will particularly assist an international dialogue within Plastic Surgeons worldwide.

An editorial board of distinguished Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeons will provide the peer review in order to fulfill the quality requirements according to scientific standards. At this point I would like to thank all the board members as well as the authors who are pioneering the launch of this new journal. Also I would like to express my gratitude to the German Society of Burn Therapy (DGV) for transferring their previous journal GMS Verbrennungsmedizin into this new open access journal GMS German Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery – Burn and Hand Surgery.

I hope you will enjoy our journal.

Peter M. Vogt, MD, PhD
Chief Editor & President DGPRÄC


English version linguistically improved on December 16th, 2011.