The Journal of Peer Production - New perspectives on the implications of peer production for social change New perspectives on the implications of peer production for social change
(Signals) Commoning the city, from digital data to physical space image

Signals are an important part of the JoPP peer review process. They are intended to widen the scope of publishable articles by placing the reputational cost of publishing an imperfect article 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.

Objective categories

Activist: 0/2

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

Academic: 2/2*

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

Prospective: 1/2

Article is based on developments that have not yet occurred.

Formalised: 0/2

Article is based on formal logic or mathematical technique.

Language quality: 2/2*

Standard of English expression in article is excellent.

Subjective categories

Scope of debate: 1/2

Article addresses an issue which is widely known and debated.

Comprehensiveness: 2/2*

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: 2/2*

Ideas are well organised in article.

Originality: 2/2*

The argument presented in article is new.

Review impact: 2/2

The article has been significantly changed as a result of the review process.


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

Reviewer A

Reviewer B

The authors provide a novel argument in the smart city debate around urban commoning not just digital data but also physical assets and resources. The case studies Mundraub and 596 Acres illustrate the theory with empirical insights. The paper was revised following peer review and improved substantially as a result.

Reviewer C

This paper examines the shift of urban commons from being physical to becoming digital, or rather the interconnection between the two thereafter. It does this through a well-documented description of two case studies, and it manages to effectively analyze the characteristics of community and the impact they have on the city resources management.