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As a disruptive technology, Blockchain is unique in the extent to which it has triggered innovation activity across the globe with an explicit moral, ethical, and responsible intent. We call this Blockchain for Good (B4G). The section Blockchain for Good will explore this phenomenon and will become the trusted global forum for researchers, practitioners, designers, developers, and policy makers to come together to explore and debate the philosophical, practical, political, theoretical, social, and environmental implications of this exciting technology. We welcome a broad range of submissions: conceptual, theoretical, and empirical, ranging from academic research to insights from practice. We particularly welcome articles that contribute to understanding the development and implementation of B4G, including innovation frameworks, methods of evaluation, scalability, and adoption, as well as its impact on commons management and the politics of power. Further, we encourage methodological papers relating to the practicalities and ethics of research in B4G as well as its pedagogy. The section will profile a series of case studies on practical implementation of B4G and will include an emerging markets section. Policy papers on economic and financial models, governance, futurism, compliance, and measurement of impact are also invited.
Frontiers is delighted to announce a journal-wide prize of 10,000 USD, “Yun Family Frontiers in Blockchain Prize". This prize is in collaboration with the Yun Family and associate entities, and will be awarded to the best paper published in 2019.
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Blockchain for Good welcomes submissions of the following article types: Community Case Study, Correction, Data Report, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Blockchain for Good, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Blockchain for Good will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Blockchain.
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