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) Listening in on informal smart cities 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: 2/2

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: 0/2

Article is based on developments that have not yet occurred.

Formalised: 1/2

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: 2/2

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: 0/2*

The argument presented in article is new.

Review impact: 1/2

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

The subject of the article in relevant and appealing to the reader. The contrast of prescriptive mapping practices and bottom-up approaches is not new, but it does pose a provoking contrast, especially when it spans from IT to community engagement in less advantaged communities/countries.

Reviewer B


Reviewer C

This paper contributes to the development of scholarship on vernacular mapping and ICT4D. The paper could have been more integrated, especially regarding the discussion of double bind, alternative socialist and cybernetic theorisations of the city which the authors could have better utilised as a framework to develop their analysis of the empirical case study. Otherwise a stimulating paper very relevant to this special issue.