The foundations of financial services are evolving. They reflect the impact of emerging technologies, as well as changing demands in society, regulation, industry, and commerce. Blockchains, distributed ledger technologies, and related topics are at the heart of a transformational phase of redesign, innovation, creativity, and empowerment. The nature of finance and money has been morphed by new technologies before, but the need for broad global interdisciplinary collaboration required in the current transition could be unique in history.
Financial services form the anchor of this era, with applications in tokenomics, digital currencies, digital assets, their associated market structures, and smart contracts. These applications are, however, constantly changing as the actors have been connecting the dots: important questions such as meaning of agreement, identity and risk management have emerged.
Research at the fundamental level covers topics such as security, privacy, scalability, decentralized systems, trust, identity as well as legal, semantics, risk, and automation. Other research involves the roles of involved actors, including regulators, institutions, academia, industry. Ultimately, innovations happen at the cross-sections of all these topics, and there is a need for dialogue between different stakeholders in order to unveil the right questions.
As the field moves from exploration towards engineering of systems, the interaction of blockchain technologies with other technologies and new paradigms needs to be explored.
We aim to bring original, high impact research from all participants of the finance, financial technology and markets ecosystem including academics, practitioners, regulators, professional services, and technologists.
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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Financial Blockchain 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 Financial Blockchain, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Financial Blockchain 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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