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About this journal

Aesthetic Surgery Journal is a peer-reviewed international journal focusing on scientific developments and clinical techniques in aesthetic surgery. The official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), ASJ is also the official English-language journal of many major international societies of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery representing South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It is also the official journal of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and The Rhinoplasty Society.

ASJ was indexed with MEDLINE/PubMed in 2008 and covered by the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report since 2011. ASJ’s current (2015) Impact Factor is 2.502. In the 2015 JCR, ASJ ranked 54th out of 200 journals in the overall surgery category.

ASJ Mission
The mission of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal is to advance the science, art, and safe practice of aesthetic surgery and cosmetic medicine through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based clinical and research articles.

ASJ Vision
To be the world's leading journal in the fields of aesthetic surgery and cosmetic treatments through timely publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based articles promoting improved outcomes and patient safety.

Included in the Journal are:

  • Original research and review articles on topics relevant to the safe and effective practice of aesthetic surgery including anatomical studies, outcomes of clinical techniques, and patient safety
  • Original articles outlining technical details of established and developing aesthetic surgical and non-surgical treatments for enhancement of the face, body, and skin
  • Original contributions, review articles, and commentary from related disciplines such as anesthesiology, bariatric surgery, dermatology, genetics, psychiatry, psychology, oncology, and radiology
  • Important research and techniques in reconstructive surgical procedures having a significant aesthetic component
  • Scientific evaluation and commentary regarding the effects of aesthetic surgical and nonsurgical interventions on such measures as quality of life, psychological and social functioning, and self-esteem in diverse gender, age, and cultural contexts
  • Developments in the broadening relationship of aesthetic surgery to the full range of medical and allied health care fields

The Journal also includes Continuing Medical Education (CME) articles and exams.

Prior to Volume 15, Aesthetic Surgery Journal was a newsletter. This newsletter does not appear in the archive. Volume 15 itself was known briefly as Aesthetic Surgery Quarterly, and is included in this archive for completeness.

Year Impact Factor SI: Surgery
2015 2.502 54 out of 200
2014 1.841 82 out of 198
2013 2.034 67 out of 202
2012 1.564 84 out of 199
2011 1.469 90 out of 199


The journal is covered by the following services:

British Library
FIZ Karlsruhe
Baidu Scholar
Chongqing University
Thompson Reuters


This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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