Citations in five leading environmental science journals were examined for accuracy. 24.41% of the 2,650 citations checked
were found to contain errors. The largest category of errors was in the author field. Of the five journals Conservation Biology
had the lowest percentage of citations with errors and Climatic Change had the highest. Of the citations with errors that
could be checked in Web of Science, 18.18% of the errors caused a search for the cited article to fail. Citations containing
electronic links had fewer errors than those without.