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Cirugía Plástica Ibero-Latinoamericana

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NAVIA, Alfonso et al. Publishing trends and profile of plastic surgeons from the 22 countries members of the FILACP, revision of the last 20 years. Cir. plást. iberolatinoam. [online]. 2019, vol.45, n.1, pp.81-90.  Epub 27-Fev-2020. ISSN 1989-2055.

Background and Objective

Scientific publication is a fundamental academic activity, constituting a source of update and knowledge.

The objective of this article was to find out about the publishing profile and trend of plastic surgeons from the 22 countries that conform the IberoLatin American Federation of Plastic Surgery (FILACP) during the last 20 years.


Literature Review in Pubmed, Lilacs, Scielo, Central (Cochrane) and Tripdatabase, from January 1, 1998 to January 1, 2018 under the terms: (Plastic Surgery OR Cirugía Plástica) AND: Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Spain and Portugal, each country separately. Articles with at least one plastic surgeon from the respective country between the authors were included and analyzed by: membership of their National Plastic Surgery Society, resident participation, center, subject, objective age group, year of publication and journal.


6387 publications were reviewed; 3000 articles met inclusion criteria. The countries with the highest number of publications were Brazil (998), Spain (989) and Mexico (310), followed by Portugal (167), Argentina (162), Chile (125) and Colombia (95). Overall, 89.3% of the authors were members of their corresponding National Plastic Surgery Societies. Reconstructive themed papers predominated (47.6%), as well as studies in Adults (73.2%) and Academic centers (58.2%). The main publication journals were Cirugía Plástica Ibero-Latinoamericana and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.


There is a sustained increase in scientific publication by plastic surgeons from the countries of the FILACP, especially in the last deca- de. The low participation of residents draws attention (8.4%), however we believe it corresponds to an insufficient report about their role as residents among the authors.

Palavras-chave : Plastic Surgery; Bibliometrics; Publication; Trends; Latin America; Spain; Portugal; Medical society.

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