KCI, an Acelity company, is proud to collaborate with Cureus to introduce the first Clinical and Economic Benefits of Autologous Epidermal Grafting publishing competition. We are seeking original retrospective articles that document clinical and procedural experiences, patient outcomes, and/or economic advantages of this recent advance in wound care.
Traditional split-thickness skin grafting is typically performed in an operating room, involving anesthesia and requiring extended recovery periods for the donor site. However, recent advances in epidermal grafting have been significant, providing for a simplified and reproducible outpatient procedure, while also demonstrating potential improvements in wound healing.
We’ve created this competition in an effort to encourage research and knowledge sharing focusing on this novel minimally invasive epidermal harvesting procedure for skin grafts.
All articles published as part of this competition will be indexed in PubMed Central and distributed to large communities of relevant clinicians around the globe. We encourage you to contribute!
The entry period is now closed. Competition entries appear below as they are published. Now is your chance to score and discuss these articles. Remember, prizes will be awarded to the three highest-scoring articles!
Competition entry and article submission is entirely free. All submitted work must be previously unpublished. Eligible entries include original articles documenting related clinical and procedural experiences, patient outcomes, and/or related economic analyses.
All articles must be submitted and formatted via the template-driven, self-publishing Cureus platform. Authors are encouraged to include supporting animations and videos within their article submissions. Reference limits vary by article type. For additional information on publishing with Cureus, please refer to our Author Guide.
Statement of Independence
- Cureus Publishing Competitions are intended to encourage medical discovery, document clinical experiences – be they positive, negative, or neutral - and foster broader educational outreach through open access publication that is free to both authors and readers.
- Article submissions must adhere to the described “call for articles” and are open to any and all related manufacturer or vendor technologies.
- As a firewall to ensure objective and credible science, article selection, editorial review, peer review and publication are strictly independent of sponsoring company.
- Winning articles are determined exclusively via peer review panel and community crowdsourced scoring. Neither sponsoring company, nor Cureus, can determine competition outcome.
Three monetary prizes will be awarded to the published articles that receive the highest Cureus SIQ™ (Scholarly Impact Quotient™) score: $5,000 USD for 1st place, $2,000 USD for 2nd place, and $1,000 USD for 3rd place.
SIQ is Cureus’ unique crowdsourced, post-publication peer-review process. In addition to measuring engagement, SIQ allows the community-at-large to rate the quality of individual articles. Reviewers assign scores from 1 to 10 on criteria including clarity and rationale, clinical importance, study design and methods, data analysis, novelty of conclusions and quality of presentation.
Aggregated community SIQ scores allow clinicians and researchers to quickly assess the quality of an article in a manner similar to that of Amazon® and Yelp® customer reviews.
A Cureus user can assign only one score per article. As engagement and scoring are critical to winning, authors are highly encouraged to share their published articles via social media and email
Peer Review Panel
We’ve assembled a world-class peer review panel to review all submitted articles. Click on a reviewer name to learn more.
Article analysis and commentary performed by the peer review panel are strictly independent of the sponsor.
Thomas E. SerenaM.D. | Emergency Medicine
Allen GabrielM.D., F.A.C.S. | Plastic Surgery
PeaceHealth Medical Group
Mark ShawD.O. | Emergency Medicine
Center for Wound Care, Mount Nittany Medical Center
Katherine A. LincolnD.O. | Family Medicine
Central Texas Wound Healing Associates
Stephanie WuM.D. | Miscellaneous
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research
Animesh BhatiaM.D. | Surgery
Wound Clinic, Fairfield Medical Center
Brent BernsteinF.A.C.F.A.S. | Podiatry
Podiatric Surgery, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network
David A. PougatschM.D. | Podiatry
Department of Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Regina FearmontiM.D. | Plastic Surgery
Private Practice, Alone Aesthetics Plastic Surgery
Marie WilliamsM.D. | Podiatry
Podiatry, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
- Thursday, March 24, 2016 – Competition begins; articles may now be submitted.
- Monday, September 26, 2016 – Article submission deadline @ 5:00 pm PT. (Deadline extended!)
- Thursday, October 13, 2016 – Peer review of all eligible articles concludes @ 5:00 pm PT.
- Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Community post-pub. review (SIQ) ends @ 5:00 pm PT.
- Thursday, December 8, 2016 – Winning articles announced; the winning author(s) will be contacted and formally announced on the Cureus website.