Fact Checking Policy
We care about being perfectly clear and precise with words, headlines, and URLs and understand that words have the utmost power and act accordingly. Our writers and editors fact-check using their own judgment and information under the light of our Ethics Policy. Ancient Origins uses fact-checkers both online and within the editorial team in certain circumstances, if need be. We are committed to non-partisanship, transparency of sources, transparency of funding, and being open to reasonable criticism and corrections in our organization. We're independent of governments, political parties, and the media.
If we receive a claim regarding fact-checking on our website, we contact the source of the claim for further elaboration and supporting information. We also contact individuals and organizations who would have more information about or have relevant experience on the subject at hand, as well as researching relevant literature (news articles, scientific and medical journal articles, books, interviews, etc.) that has bearing on the topic.
We prefer to use unbiased information and data sources as much as possible. We also alert our readers that information and data from sources, such as political advocacy organizations and sided parties, should be evaluated. We categorize and label topics and content clearly, and indicate their status as news or editorial/opinion.
Depending upon the nature and complexity of the topic, other members of the editorial staff may contribute additional research and changes to the writers’ work, and the final product will pass through the hands of our editors. Any piece that is not deemed up to our standards by one or more editors is subject to further revision and review before being released for publication.
The Ancient Origins Team