Outstanding JPMD papers and reviewers obtain awards for excellence

The Journal of Place Management and Development (JPMD), the official journal of the IPM, has recently awarded prizes for its best papers and reviewers. Each year the JPMD, along with all the other titles in publisher’s Emerald’s portfolio, commend the articles that contain the highest quality research, align with the journal objectives of providing the knowledge and evidence to help people make better places, and are widely downloaded, showing that they are popular with readers. As well as recognising the contribution of authors, the Emerald Literati Awards also honour the service of reviewers, who give up their time to provide detailed feedback to authors and editors.

This year, the Outstanding Paper award went to Marco Capitanio, with Participatory place management in the age of shrinkage: the case of Kunitachi within Tokyo’s peripheral areas, in Volume 11, issue 4 of the Journal. Capitanio’s research presents a compelling historical case study of Kunitachi, a western suburb of Tokyo and birthplace of machizukuri (which translates into ‘town-making’): the idea of bottom-up placemaking. Drawing on fieldwork, interviews, and photography, the paper provides interesting examples of how bottom-up practices and civic involvement have led to high quality built environment, a strong place identity, and good liveability in Kunitachi. Capitanio convincingly reveals, therefore, the power of bottom-up and collaborative placemaking and management in attracting and retaining local residents, within the wider backdrop of population decline in Japan, whilst also cautioning that machizukuri strategies are not effective in every place.

The Highly Commended Paper award, and also from Volume 11, issue 4, was Quality, satisfaction and loyalty indices by Ana Ma Castillo Canalejo and Juan Antonio Jimber del Río. The authors draw on an extensive survey of tourists visiting the Spanish city of Seville, to develop a universal model of evaluating the perceived value, satisfaction, and loyalty to tourism destinations. The paper’s findings demonstrate the importance of service quality to tourists’ place satisfaction and loyalty levels, and contributes useful insights into how tourism managers can adopt longer-term perspectives in managing these places, which can ultimately benefit both tourists and local residents in destinations.

Dr Kathleen Keeling was named Outstanding Reviewer. Kathleen was happy to receive the award commenting:

“As a reviewer, I appreciate such awards as a welcome step in the wider recognition of the work of all reviewers and I’m delighted to win the award. The review process was efficient, conducted in speedy time frames, and friendlier than most, altogether a great experience.”

Read the latest issue of the Journal of Place Management and Development, Volume 12 Issue 2. This issue includes articles on the negative impact of mega-events, place as a decision-making attribute in university choice, the role of place in value creation, ghost signs, how to use playful techniques to increase community participation in placemaking, city branding in Stockholm, and perceptions of safety in Nigerian shopping centres. Full access to JPMD is available for all paid IPM members.