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Factual Reporting: Very High - Credible - Reliable


These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence-based through the use of credible scientific sourcing.  Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased, and does not use emotional words.  These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer-reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.

  • Overall, we rate ScienceDirect 100% Pro-Science and Very High for factual information.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: PRO-SCIENCE
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
Country: Netherlands (6/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic


Founded in 1997, ScienceDirect is a website that provides subscription-based access to a large database of scientific and medical research. It hosts over 12 million pieces of content from 3,500 academic journals and 34,000 e-books.

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Funded by / Ownership

ScienceDirect is owned and published by Elsevier, a Dutch information and analytics company and one of the world’s major scientific, technical, and medical information providers. It was established in 1880 as a publishing company.  Article abstracts are freely available, but access to their full texts (in PDF and, for newer publications, also HTML) generally requires a subscription or pay-per-view purchase.

Analysis / Bias

In review, ScienceDirect allows you to search a massive database of peer-reviewed journals, articles, book chapters, and open access content. There is zero political bias associated with ScienceDirect. The only blemish is that Open Access research can lack peer review; however, Open Access content is clearly labeled as such, so the reader is aware that it may not be peer-reviewed. In general, this is a fantastic tool for searching scientific research and information.

Overall, we rate ScienceDirect 100% Pro-Science and Very High for factual information. (D. Van Zandt 11/27/2016) Updated (10/14/2019)


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