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 Smithsonian Magazine a Pro-Science source based on publishing research-based information on science. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing to credible research and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Smithsonian Magazine is the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The first issue was published in 1970. Smithsonian magazine and Smithsonian.com provides an in-depth analysis of varied topics within a diverse range of scientific areas. The current editor is Michael Caruso.
Funded by / Ownership
Smithsonian Magazine is owned and published by the Smithsonian Institution, which is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is funded through a variety of avenues with two-thirds coming from annual federal appropriations. Other funding comes from the Institution’s endowment, private and corporate contributions, membership dues, and earned retail, concession, and licensing revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website contains select stories from the print magazine and original web-only content. Smithsonian.com covers history, hard science, popular science, nature, and technology. Articles are typically sourced to research and generally are low in bias such as this: This Solar-Powered Dehydrator Could Help Small Farmers Reduce Food Waste. The Smithsonian typically steers away from politics and only reports when it relates to science such as this: Trump Administration Overhauls How the Endangered Species Act Is Enforced. Further, they also promote the consensus of science on Climate Change and GMOs.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Smithsonian Magazine a Pro-Science source based on publishing research-based information on science. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing to credible research and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/20/2016) Updated (08/17/2020)