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Signals (The Origins and Impacts of Swedish Filesharing) image

Signals are an important part of the CSPP peer review process. They are intended to widen the scope of publishable articles by placing the reputational cost of publication on authors rather than on the journal.

Please note:

Positive signal = 1, negative signal = 0, positive/negative signal = 0.5

Only signals marked with a “*” are used to calculate the JoPP Signal (on the peer reviewed paper pages).

Objective categories

Activist: 0/3

Article proposes a critique of a policy or practice with specific action proposals or suggestions.

Academic: 3/3*

Article follows conventions of academic research article ­­ e.g. position in literature, cited sources, and claimed contribution.

Prospective: 0/3

Article is based on developments that have not yet occurred.

Formalised: 0/3

Article is based on formal logic or mathematical technique.

Language quality: 2/3*

Standard of English expression in article is excellent.

Subjective categories

Comprehensiveness: 3/3*

Most related sources are mentioned in article [this is an invitation to careful selection rather than a demonstration of prowess in citation collection ­­ i.e. apt and representative choices made in source citations].

Logical flow: 2/3*

Ideas are well organised in article.

Originality: 2/3*

The argument presented in article is new.


Reviewers indicate their appreciation of the article in the form of a 50 word statement.

Reviewer A

The article is quite well written, includes a lot of important information, and generally gives a good summary and overview of the issue of file sharing and the file sharing movement in Sweden. As regards its academic clarity, consistency and the originality of the analysis the author could have done more to tighten the article up with a narrower focus and a more streamlined argument.

Reviewer B

The paper address a very interesting case, and it does so connecting theory and empirical material in a straightforward way. Moreover, the interpretation of the relationship between Swedish file­sharing and late modernity, with its individualistic characters, is prominent for the understanding of the cultural role of contemporary Internet-­based phenomena.

Reviewer C

This article analyzes the Swedish pirate party phenomenon within a wider context and thus reveals potentials of and internal tensions within this movement. It’s the most comprehensive and sophisticated account so far.