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 Scientific American Pro-Science and Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and through advocating for the consensus of science and properly sourcing scientific information.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1845, Scientific American is an American popular science magazine. Many famous scientists, including Albert Einstein, have contributed articles in the past 175 years. It is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States.
On 9/15/2020 Scientific American endorsed Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden for President. This is the first time in their 175 year history that they have ever endorsed a candidate.
Funded by / Ownership
Scientific American is owned by Springer Nature, an academic publishing company created by the May 2015 merger of Springer Science+Business Media and Holtzbrinck Publishing Group‘s Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, and Macmillan Education. The company reported revenues of €1.64 billion in 2017. The magazine is funded through subscriptions and advertising. The website is funded through online advertisements and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Scientific American is a popular science magazine and website that covers general science, technology, health, psychology, the environment, and history. There is rarely the use of loaded language and all information is properly sourced. Scientific American covers science through the consensus on GMOs and climate change. Editorially, Scientific American is not in favor of President Trump’s climate and deregulation stances as evidenced by this: Scientific American slams Donald Trump’s anti-science rhetoric in a rare op-ed. In general, this is a pro-science source that has remained mostly neutral in politics throughout its history, however, in 2020 they state “The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science.” Therefore, this is a pro-science source that offers left-leaning opinions.
Failed Fact Checks
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Overall, we rate Scientific American Pro-Science and Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and through advocating for the consensus of science and properly sourcing scientific information. (11/14/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 9/16/2020)