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 (Urban Imaginaries of Co-creating the City) 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: 3/3

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: 1/3

Article is based on developments that have not yet occurred.

Formalised: 0/3

Article is based on formal logic or mathematical technique.

Language quality: 3/3*

Standard of English expression in article is excellent.

Subjective categories

Scope of debate: 3/3

Article addresses an issue which is widely known and debated.

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: 3/3*

Ideas are well organised in article.

Originality: 2/3*

The argument presented in article is new.

Review impact: 2/3

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

This article presents an ethnographic analysis of the activities of a right to the city organization in Brisbane, which adds interesting pieces of information for understanding better the similarities and differences of such movements around the world. The authors did significant effort to include the initially missing treatment of related work in this area, and a deeper analysis of the digital dimension.

Reviewer B

The Action-research-based paper exploring the shift from passive citizens to city co-creators and is characterized by a diligently described and rigorous ethnographic methodology. It employs a wide spectrum of methodologies to provide evidence of the physical and digital presence of the citizen movement it studies.

Reviewer C

This is an interesting article. Through a thoroughly discussed case study, the authors provide the reader with a good overview of the concept of “Right to the City” and highlight the dynamics of increased citizen participation in co-producing the city.