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Blockchain and Digital Finance

The aim of the special issue

In the era of big data, blockchain and digital finance have received much attention by researchers and practitioners. First proposed in 2008, the blockchain concept is based on distributed, open ledgers to provide a trust mechanism and intelligent data management for digital business applications. Initially, blockchain applications focused on creating digital currencies (including bitcoin) but has been extended to digital finance and other business fields. Meanwhile, digital finance has been adopted more broadly by companies and consumers. For instance, digital finance innovations like digital payments, crowdfunding, digital lending, supply chain finance, and robo-advising have made significant impacts on business and society.

Therefore, the aim of this special issue is to deepen and broaden our understanding of the potential business value generation from innovative blockchain and digital finance applications. The focus is on papers that show how blockchain and digital finance can be applied in novel ways for supporting business processes and operations. We are specifically interested in blockchain and digital finance approaches in various contexts (e.g. digital payments, crowdfunding, digital lending, supply chain finance, and robo-advisors), and its main impact (e.g., economics and society). We also encourage papers that demonstrate the impacts of blockchain and digital finance on the real economy. We appreciate both theoretical and empirical (qualitative and quantitative) studies and particularly welcome interdisciplinary research submissions that cover interrelated issues that are relevant to technology, organizations, and the economy.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Best financial practices in big data implementation
  • Big data for corporate finance
  • Big data for financial risk management
  • Big data for portfolio analysis
  • Big data visualization for finance
  • Bitcoin and virtual money
  • Creating and measuring business value from blockchain
  • Crowdfunding
  • Data cleaning and quality management for complex financial applications Digital lending
  • Drivers of process redesign to integrate blockchain technologies
  • Economics and game theoretic analysis of cryptocurrency protocols
  • Fraud detection in financial big data
  • Fraud detection and financial crime prevention
  • Governance of big data finance
  • Internet insurance
  • Internet wealth management
  • Integrating blockchain into finance strategy
  • Integration of blockchain with other emerging technologies
  • Integration of structured and unstructured financial data
  • Innovative models for blockchain applications at organizational or industry level
  • Learning from successful cases in finance with demonstrable drivers of blockchain technology
  • Legal, ethical, and societal aspects of blockchain and related applications
  • Mobile payment technologies
  • Network analytics in finance
  • Predictive analytics in financial services
  • Privacy preservation in financial big data
  • Quantitative trading
  • Regulation and law enforcement of blockchain technology
  • Risk management technologies and applications
  • Scalable cloud data for finance
  • Security control in big data finance
  • Security in blockchain implementation
  • Smart contracts and blockchain-based smart finance
  • Supply chain finance
  • Theories related to the adoption and success of blockchain technologies
  • Time series trading data management and analysis


Submission Deadline: Feb 28, 2022

Author Notification: April 30th, 2022

Publication of Special Issue: July 1st, 2022

Guest Editors

Wei Xu, Renmin University of China (
Daning Hu, Southern University of Science and Technology (
Karl Reiner Lang, City University of New York (
J. Leon Zhao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (


[1] J. L. Zhao, S. Fan, J. Yan. Overview of business innovations and research opportunities in blockchain and introduction to the special issue. Financial Innovation, 2016, 2, Article number: 28. [2] M. Xu, X. Chen, G. Kou. A systematic review of blockchain. Financial Innovation, 2019, 5, Article number: 27. [3] Y. Ma, D. Liu. Introduction to the special issue on crowdfunding and FinTech. Financial Innovation, 2017, 3, Article number: 8.

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