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Special Issue: Blockchain, Smart Contract, and Financial Applications

Although Smart Contract was proposed two decades ago, it is now getting more attention because the advancement of blockchain made it a practical technology. Smart Contract is essentially a computer protocol that executes the terms of a computerized contract under a blockchain technology, which provides a feasible computational platform for smart contracts to take place. Technically speaking, a smart contract can facilitate, verify, and enforce the agreement of a business transaction. The potential business impacts of smart contracts are challenging existing business models, leading to fascinating research opportunities in financial applications.

This special issue is to provide a multi-disciplinary forum of FinTech research with a focus on blockchain and smart contract technology in the context of financial applications.  We hope that this special issue will promote cutting-edge research in FinTech, particularly on how blockchain-driven smart contracts will reshape contemporary financial applications. We encourage studies on how to examine, design, implement, and deploy solutions based on blockchain-driven smart contracts to resolve research and practical issues in financial applications. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) theoretical and empirical studies of:

·        Design science research in financial applications of blockchain-driven smart contracts

·        Technical challenges and solutions for smart contracts and financial applications

·        Trust, privacy, and behavioral issues in smart contracts under blockchains

·        Regulation, governance, and standardization of smart contracts in financial applications

·        Financial applications of contract theory in smart contract management

·        Consensus protocols and algorithms for blockchain-driven smart contracts

·        Mechanism design for financial applications of smart contracts under blockchain

·        Blockchain protocols for financial smart contracts

·        Financial applications with smart contracts

·        Case studies of blockchain and smart contract adoption in the financial industry

·        Economics and game theory of smart contracts


Please follow the submission instructions according to the requirements found at and submit your paper at  For technical questions, please consult

·        Open Access without Publication Fee

·        Provide English Language Editing for free

Guest Editors:

·        Zhangxi Lin, Rawls College of Business Administration, Texas Tech University, U.S.A

·        Jiaqi Yan, School of Information Management, Nanjing University, P. R. China

·        J. Leon Zhao, Dept. of Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Important Dates:

·        Panel discussion on FinTech at Sun-Yat Sen University: July 17, 2017

·        Online submission open date: September 1, 2017

·        Initial paper submission deadline: October 1, 2017

·        Author notification: November 1, 2017