Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010

The subject matter of Article An approach to the concept of virtual border. Identities and communication spaces is original and poorly addressed in theexisting literature, which makes it of interest. The author presents a thorough review of the particularities of geographical borders and compares them withvirtual borders, to propose a typology of the virtual border.

The bibliographic references used by article are relevant and current. It is structured clearly, and orderly, and the wording is correct. One aspect to be corrected is the references in the text, because in some cases the author mentions the pages but there is no quote. Moreover, in the references section, the author lists some texts that were not mentioned in the article.

The publication of the article is recommended, provided the suggested changes are made.– Blanca Chong López, Ph. D. - Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, México.

This article offers a theoretical reflection around the concept of virtual border as a result of the expansion of the Internet and the creation and evolution of virtual communities within the cyberspace.

It raises an interesting topic because it conceptualizes the term virtual border from different dimensions, and then performs a classification of the different typologies within, what the author calls, the virtual borders. The geographical aspect is not the only one marking and separating spaces within the WWW. The social aspect of virtual communities has now become a key element in identifying one space or another. The author links the social issue with the identity of each territory and relates it to culture as a key element of union between different borders.

The reflection of the article is interesting, especially because of the final contribution that the author makes about the different typologies that allow a better understanding of the concept. In addition to studying the concept from different perspectives, the author takes a critical attitude towards the subject matter and presents the problems of defining the term cyberspace and its boundaries.

The article refers to many theoretical writers who have covered the topic. The bibliography is updated and in accordance with the subject matter, which allows the author to develop a solid and interesting theoretical corpus.– Cristina Gonzalez Oñate, Ph. D. and Carlos Fanjul Peyró, Ph. D. - Universitat Jaume I