The problem with BEAUTY: a medical librarian’s perspectiveBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h312 (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h312
- Fred King, medical librarian1
- 1MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, USA
I strongly disagree with one of Pottegård and colleagues’ BEAUTY criteria for the standardised assessment of acronym quality: five points if the acronym is a real word.1 From a medical librarian’s point of view, real words as clinical trial names—especially real words commonly used in medicine—make clinical trials very difficult to find in Medline and other databases.
Take, for …