APS Journal

In response to feedback from our readers and authors, we are pleased to announce some changes in the publication format for APS in 2024.  To continue to improve our submission to publication timelines for authors, and towards a more dynamic online focus for our Journal in future, we will be producing more content, more regularly. APS will publish as two online issues per month, one online-only issue, and a second 'selected articles' issue, which will also be sent to print subscribers.  This model allows us to publish more of your content sooner, and that print issues will be easier to navigate and enjoy. Print subscribers continue to receive the full table of contents for all online issues.  

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The APS Journal

What is the APS Journal?

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery provides a forum for original articles advancing the art of aesthetic plastic surgery.

What sort of articles?

Many describe surgical craftsmanship ; others deal with complications in surgical procedures and methods by which to treat or avoid them.

What does the APS Journal cover?

Coverage includes “second thoughts” on established techniques, which might be abandoned, modified, or improved. Also included are case histories ; improvements in surgical instruments, pharmaceuticals, and operating room equipment ; and discussions of problems such as the role of psychosocial factors in the doctor-patient and the patient-public interrelationships.

Where is APS covered?

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is abstracted and covered in Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, SciSearch, Research Alert, Index Medicus-MEDLINE, and Excerpta Medica/EMBASE, Science Citation Index Expanded.

Important stats

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is ranked #8 in the Google Scholar H-5 Index of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, with a 2019 H-5 Index of 26.

  • Impact factor: 2.708 (2021)
  • Five-year impact factor: 2.709 (2021)
  • Submission to first decision: 12 days
  • Downloads: 538,769 (2021)


Prof. Lee Pu – recently retired from his role as professor at the University of California Davis, in Sacramento, California – is the Editor-in-Chief of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Prof Pu has  published over 220 peer-reviewed journal articles and 110 book chapters.He has served as a visiting professor for over 80 university training programs and given 340 invited lectures both nationally and internationally.

Please submit your manuscripts to Prof. Pu.


Prof. Lee L.Q. Pu

Prof. Lee L.Q. Pu

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