Article proposes a critique of a policy or practice with specific action proposals or suggestions.
Article follows conventions of academic research article e.g. position in literature, cited sources, and claimed contribution.
Article is based on developments that have not yet occurred.
Article is based on formal logic or mathematical technique.
Language quality: 2/2*
Standard of English expression in article is excellent.
Scope of debate:1.5/2
Article addresses an issue which is widely known and debated.
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: 1/2*
Ideas are well organised in article.
The argument presented in article is new.
Review impact: 1.5/2
The article has been significantly changed as a result of the review process.
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This is a very timely and well written paper offering rich understanding on the socio-material concerns of FabLabs and the tensions they face in their formation. The positioning and analysis with existing STS theory and literature, particularly on work, knowledge and imaginative objects, is a real strength.
The paper contributes to the contemporary academic discussion on FabLabs by highlighting the role of objects and materiality. It also demonstrates the tension between “open doors” and “open source” in the institutionalization of FabLabs.