The Britannica Tradition of Quality

The value of clarity, accuracy, and objectivity

For over 250 years, Britannica has used a thorough and meticulous editorial process to deliver trusted information worldwide.

As a result, students and educators across the globe have unparalleled access to expert knowledge across subject areas, while educators trust they are putting safe, appropriate, and vetted resources into the hands of students.

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behind your Britannica content.

ARTICLE CREATION

Subject Editors

Once a content idea is identified, an article is either written by our tenured in-house subject matter editors or sourced from a network of global experts. Over 4,500 of the brightest minds in the world have contributed to the articles that make up the Encyclopaedia Britannica! This means that all of the content you consume from Britannica is coming from specialists with advanced degrees, extensive experience in their fields, as well as lived expertise. 

MEDIA CREATION

Media Editors

Britannica’s media editors produce and acquire images, maps, videos, and more for Britannica’s products. 

DATA CREATION

World Data Editors

Britannica’s World Data editors research and compile statistical information using a variety of authoritative sources.

VALIDATION

Fact Checkers

After a new piece of content is written, it is sent to a fact-checker who must give all new articles a passing grade. Britannica’s history is filled with stories of editors who have gone to great lengths to ensure that all facts have multiple, credible sources. 

APPROVAL

Supervisory Reviewers

Once an article has been given a passing grade by an expert fact-checker, a new article is reviewed by a supervisory editor. 

REVIEW

Copy Editors

Our eagle-eyed copy editors fact-check and copyedit both new and older content, ensuring the veracity of hard facts, the clarity of prose, and the consistency of style.

ORGANIZATION

Information Architects

This is the final stop before publication. These specialists organize the contents of each article. It’s our version of leaving breadcrumbs. 

A closer look at Britannica's content writers

World-Renowned
Contributors

Britannica has long fostered vigorous interaction between its staff and its advisers, contributors, and audience. The feedback loop between these groups is today more active and beneficial than ever, and it guides all aspects of content development.

Curriculum
Experts

Britannica's educational products are underpinned by a team of education experts who create, source, and curate Britannica's content for K-12 students. This team ensures that our solutions support national and state standards, develop critical skills, and cover core curriculum topics.

Subject Matter
Experts

Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on content in those areas or via study for an advanced degree.

Knowledge
Pioneers

Since its inception, Encyclopaedia Britannica has sourced expertise from pioneers in their field. Our contributors include:

Albert Einstein
Marie Curie
Alfred Hitch
Neil deGrasse Tyson
& more

Trustworthy Contributors


1
Nobel Prize
winners


1
HEADS OF STATE AND WORLD ACTIVISTS​


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NOTABLE
SPORTS FIGURES​


1
United states
presidents

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