Referees' reports - 2012
RLCS has decided to adopt the Open Peer Review system, which involves
publishing the article's reviews and disclosing reviewers' names. This
action is part of RLCS's editorial transparency and Open Access
Reports: "Methodological proposal for the analysis of user participation mechanisms in online media"
The establishment of multiple categories of analysis is in itself a significant contribution, which may be useful for future research. The study seems comprehensive and the exposition of results confirms its interest and operability.
The screenshots provided reinforce the study and further help the reader to grasp the meaning of the descriptions.
The conclusions section highlights that “the participation is far from being an actual journalistic production like the one produced by journalists.” I do not think we should expect other result about the news media, unless they use previously qualified and selected participants. But the “possible” roles for common readers as well as their possible forms are clearly established.