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The Impact of Cultural Aspects on Building the Smart City Approach: Managing Diversity in Europe (London), North America (New York) and Asia (Singapore)

Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9463;
by Dominika Šulyová * and Josef Vodák
Reviewer 1:
Reviewer 2: Anonymous
Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9463;
Submission received: 11 October 2020 / Revised: 4 November 2020 / Accepted: 12 November 2020 / Published: 13 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Cultural Crossovers and Social Sustainability)

Round 1

Reviewer 1 Report


  1. From the comparison of the cultural characteristics of the three smart cities, this study sums up the General model of implementation of Smart City concepts according to cultural aspects and trust . It has empirical and theoretical contributions.

 2. The introduction only defines the culture and smart city, not clearly stating the research purpose, research methods and research questions of this research, for example: What does multiculturalism affect the development of smart cities? How does multiculturalism affect the development of smart cities? How to manage multiculturalism to promote the good development of smart cities?

 3. The definition of smart city should be summarized comprehensively. It needs an operational definition suitable for this research as a reference and needs summarizing several core elements (…sustainable development) in order to dialogue with the subsequent multicultural management clearly.

 4.The literature analysis should directly focus on the interactive relationship between multiculturalism and the construction of smart cities. The current analysis is somewhat tedious.

  5. The comparison of the three cases should be consistent in format, and indicate the main aspects of the comparison, such as multicultural status; efficiency of smart city development; multicultural management plan among them and form a research framework to make the article easy to read, reason, and present the results clearly.

 6.This article does not seem to answer clearly why the development of smart cities should be based on the trust of stakeholders.

Author Response

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Reviewer 2 Report

The introduction of this paper does not explain what it is about. Although a purpose is articulated in the abstract, the aim, research question, and thesis should appear in some form in the introduction.

Without them, it is not possible to evaluate the remainder of the paper. For example, I can't say if it is scientifically sound if I don't know what the authors claim and what they are trying to show with their research. I recommend that the authors rework the paper beginning with a strong introduction, and then pay heed to show that the research supports their claims.

There are also quite a few English language errors, especially in sentence structure, that need to be corrected.

Author Response

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Round 2

Reviewer 1 Report

After the author's substantial amendment, the academic value and  findings of this research have been made clearer, and agreed to be published.

Reviewer 2 Report

The revision is much improved over the original. I can now more fully appreciate the contribution it makes.

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