Jim Giles (reporter)

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Alma mater University of Bristol
University of Oxford
[citation needed]
Occupation Journalist
Known for Studies on the Reliability of Wikipedia[1]

Jim Giles is a journalist and co-founder of MATTER, an online publication specialising in long-form articles on science and technology.

He has written about science, politics and the environment for The Atlantic, the New York Times,[citation needed] Nature,[3][4][5][6][7][8] New Scientist and The Guardian.[citation needed]

Until April 2007, Giles wrote full-time for the journal Nature. In December 2005, he and colleagues published a story that compared the accuracy of science articles in Wikipedia to those in Encyclopaedia Britannica. Peer reviewers recruited by Nature identified an average of four inaccuracies in the Wikipedia articles they examined and an average of around three in articles on the same topics in Britannica.[1] Britannica subsequently criticized the story,[9] prompting Nature to clarify the methodology used[10] to compile the results.[11]

In 2009, Giles asked ten prominent scientists to come together and discuss the future of the Nobel Prizes. The group, which included Tim Hunt, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, called for the creation of new Nobel prizes for the environment and public health. The group also recommended expanding the medicine prize to include disciplines such as ecology, which are not currently covered by the prize. The group's recommendation were published on 5 October 2009 in an open letter to the Nobel Foundation.

In March 2012, Giles and fellow journalist Bobbie Johnson completed a successful "Kickstarter" campaign for MATTER, a new science and technology publication. The campaign raised $140,201.[citation needed] MATTER published its first article,[12][dead link] a 7,800-word story about a rare neurological condition, in November 2012. It currently[when?] publishes monthly.[citation needed]

Giles studied physics at the University of Bristol. He received a master's degree in computational neuroscience from the University of Oxford. Giles initially developed exhibitions at the Science Museum in London, joining Nature in 2001 as a news and features editor and becoming a reporter for the journal in 2003.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Giles, J. (2005). "Internet encyclopaedias go head to head: Jimmy Wales' Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries". Nature 438 (7070): 900–1. Bibcode:2005Natur.438..900G. doi:10.1038/438900a. PMID 16355180.  edit
  2. ^ Jim Giles on Twitter
  3. ^ Giles, J. (2007). "Key biology databases go wiki: Collaborative approach aims to keep pace with discoveries". Nature 445 (7129): 691. doi:10.1038/445691a. PMID 17301755.  edit
  4. ^ Giles, J. (2005). "Climate science: The dustiest place on Earth". Nature 434 (7035): 816–819. doi:10.1038/434816a. PMID 15829933.  edit
  5. ^ Giles, J. (2012). "Going paperless: The digital lab". Nature 481 (7382): 430–431. doi:10.1038/481430a. PMID 22281576.  edit
  6. ^ Giles, J. (2012). "Finding philanthropy: Like it? Pay for it". Nature 481 (7381): 252–253. doi:10.1038/481252a. PMID 22258587.  edit
  7. ^ Giles, J. (2011). "Social science lines up its biggest challenges". Nature 470 (7332): 18–19. doi:10.1038/470018a. PMID 21293348.  edit
  8. ^ Giles, J. (2007). "Court case to reclaim confidential data". Nature 446 (7138): 838–839. doi:10.1038/446838a. PMID 17443147.  edit
  9. ^ "Fatally Flawed: Refuting the recent study on encyclopedic accuracy by the journal Nature" (PDF). Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. March 2006. 
  10. ^ Nature‍ '​s responses to Encyclopaedia Britannica
  11. ^ Anon (2006). "Britannica attacks ... and we respond". Nature 440 (7084): 582. doi:10.1038/440582b. PMID 16572128.  edit
  12. ^ https://www.readmatter.com/a/do-no-harm/preview/[dead link]