Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Nature according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.38

Bias: -1.27

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
Associations of media use and early childhood development: cross-sectional findings from the LIFE Child study053
China creates vast research infrastructure to support ambitious climate goals-4.3343.67
How China could be carbon neutral by mid-century-241.67
How dogs became humans’ best friends: from Neanderthals to now043.67
Europe’s COVID death toll could rise by hundreds of thousands-1.6742.67
How do people resist COVID infections? Hospital workers offer a hint045.67
The fight to manufacture COVID vaccines in lower-income countries-3.6748.33
Women less likely to win major research awards-2.3345.67
The tangled history of mRNA vaccines048.33
Harness the world’s aquatic ‘blue’ food systems to help end hunger-446.33
Politics will be poorer without Angela Merkel’s scientific approach-4.3345
Science benefits from diversity-145.33
World Bank grants for global vaccination — why so slow?-1.6744.67
Confronting gender bias in Nature’s journalism-145.33
Pregnancy and COVID: what the data say048.33
The lightning-fast quest for COVID vaccines — and what it means for other diseases046.33
Mathematicians welcome computer-assisted proof in ‘grand unification’ theory047
COVID vaccines and breastfeeding: what the data say047
Divisive COVID ‘lab leak’ debate prompts dire warnings from researchers-0.6747.33
US government approves 'killer' mosquitoes to fight disease048.33
First genetically modified mosquitoes released in the United States050.33