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Letter to the Editor - Year2020 - Volume35 - Issue 3

Dear editor,

Social networks have become information tools with pulsating content, with the ability to disseminate knowledge interactively and practically.

In plastic surgery, it is not different. American and European journals adopt Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to disseminate their publications among specialist doctors, residents, and lay public1.

Journal clubs, classes, case discussions, podcasts are held on these platforms, encouraging the participation of readers2.

The exchange of knowledge brings everyone together and creates a stimulating environment, especially for residents, encouraging the reading of articles in these publications and dissemination to patients.

Evidence also points to the role of social networks in increasing the journal’s impact factor, not only in plastic surgery but also in other specialties3.

Given the benefits demonstrated in the literature, for greater dissemination of articles from the Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Plástica (RBCP), as well as creating new knowledge platforms and encouraging participation among readers, we suggest the creation of official RBCP profiles on social networks.


1. Branford OA, Kamali P, Rohrich RJ, Song DH, Mallucci P, Liu DZ, et al. #PlasticSurgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016;138(6):1354-65.

2. Asyyed Z, McGuire C, Samargandi O, Al-Youha S, Williams JG. The use of Twitter by plastic surgery journals. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Mai;143(5):1092e-8e.

3. O’Kelly F, Nason GJ, Manecksha RP, Cascio S, Quinn FJ, Leonard M, et al. The effect of social media (#SoMe) on journal impact factor and parental awareness in paediatric urology. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 Out;13(5):513.e1-e7. DOI:

1. Universidade Estadual de São Paulo, Faculty of Medicine of Botucatu, Department of Surgery and Orthopedics, Botucatu, SP, Brazil.

Institution: Universidade Estadual de São Paulo, Faculty of Medicine of Botucatu, Botucatu, SP, Brazil.

Corresponding author: Murilo Sgarbi Secanho, Avenida Professor Montenegro s/n, Botucatu, SP, Brazil. Zip Code: 18618-687. E-mail:

Article received: March 10, 2020.
Article accepted: July 15, 2020.

Conflicts of interest: none.

Dear reader,

We appreciate the letter and consider its subject to be pertinent.

The Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Plástica (RBCP), as well as the Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Plástica (SBCP), invest in continuous efforts to disseminate scientific content. In particular, the articles published in the RBCP, have been published on its own website and SBCP’s corporate media. Our current objective is to increase the penetration of scientific information, permeating, as suggested, the most comprehensive social networks with news and discussions about the scientific articles published in our Journal.

1. Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brazil.


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