Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that relies on volunteers to pen nearly 4 million articles, is about as accurate in covering scientific topics as Encyclopedia Britannica, the journal Nature wrote in an online article published Dec. 14.

The finding, based on a side-by-side comparison of articles covering a broad swath of the scientific spectrum, comes as Wikipedia faces criticism over the accuracy of some of its entries.

In November, prominent journalist John Seigenthaler, the former publisher of the Nashville, Tenn., Tennessean newspaper and founding editorial director of USA Today, revealed

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