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Blockchain and Decentralization


Special issue call for papers from Journal of Enterprise Information Management

*Now accepted into the Social Science Citation Index – first Impact Factor to be released June 2018*

Guest Editors: Professor Marinos Themistocleous, Professor Vincenzo Morabito, Professor Paulo Rupino da Cunha


Please direct your questions related to this special issue to Professor Marinos Themistocleous (mthemist@unipi.gr)

Submission deadline: July 1, 2018

Back in 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto introduced bitcoin, a new idea for a peer-to-peer electronic cash system and a new kind of digital currency. At the time, however, few realized that one of its enabling technologies – the blockchain – would have a disruptive effect in several domains, challenging long-established ways of doing business.

A blockchain is a trusted decentralized digital ledger that saves transactions on thousands of computers around the globe. These are registered in a way that inhibits their subsequent modification. Blockchain technology increases the security and speeds up the exchange of information in a way that is cost-effective and more transparent. It also dispenses with third parties whose main role was to provide a trust and certification element in transactions (such as notaries and banks).

The high importance of blockchain has attracted the attention of organizations in different sectors, with banking sector being the most active at this stage.  Blockchain has resulted in the development of thousands of new job positions and new startups ranging from mobile payment applications to health care applications. The future belongs to blockchain and this special issue seeks to improve the understanding of the trends, challenges and developments of blockchain across multiple domains. In doing so, it aims to speed up the study and accelerate the adoption of this technology.  
Topics or research questions that are of particular interest include the following:

  • Blockchain case studies
  • Blockchain applications
  • Blockchain in the banking sector, mobile payments, and new fintech applications
  • Blockchain and digital currencies
  • Blockchain and Internet-of-Things
  • Blockchain and markets
  • Blockchain and marketplaces
  • Blockchain and healthcare
  • Blockchain and the energy sector
  • Blockchain and e-government
  • Blockchain and regulatory frameworks
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • Barriers and enablers in blockchain adoption
  • Smart contracts and Ethereum
  • Innovation in blockchain
  • Business models supported on blockchain
  • Blockchain and digital transformation
  • Blockchain and peer-to-peer transfers
  • Blockchain infrastructure
  • The social impact of blockchain
  • Privacy, Security and Identity in blockchain

Submission guidelines


In preparing manuscripts, authors are asked to follow the Author Guidelines available on the journal homepage at http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/jeim.htm.  To submit your paper online you must first create an author account at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jeim then follow the on-screen guidance which takes you through the submission process. If you have any queries about the submission process, please contact the journal’s Publisher, Claire Jackson, at cjackson@emeraldgroup.com.

Submission deadline: July 1, 2018

About the Guest Editors


Professor Marinos Themistocleous is an active researcher on Blockchain at the Department of Digital Systems at University of Piraeus (Greece) and holds a blockchain and fintech certificate from MIT.  He is also the director of the Network Oriented Systems and Services Laboratory at University of Piraeus and has active participation in many research projects. Marinos retains close links with industry and he has served as an external consultant of the B3 blockchain organization (http://www.b3chain.com/advisory-board/), Greek Ministry of Finance (on e-Government issues), the Bank of Greece (on web services and integration issues), the Greek Standardization body (e-business expert) and ORACLE UK (integration expert) among others. Marinos retains close links with Greek leading companies and has worked for several years as consultant on electronic commerce and digital services area. He has also served as evaluator of research proposals submitted to the European Commission, the Greek Ministry of Education and the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology. He has written five books on (a) Web Services and SOA, (b) electronic commerce, (c) Risk Management, (d) distance learning and (e) tele-working. Marinos also served as the managing editor of the European Journal of Information Systems. Moreover, he has written more than 150 refereed journal and conference papers and he has been a Conference co-chair, track chair and mini-track co-chair to international conferences like HICSS, ECIS, AMCIS, EMCIS and MCIS.

Professor Vincenzo Morabito is an associate professor at the Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University Italy. He oversees the courses of Business Organization, Management of Information Systems, and Information Management for the various Degree Programs of Bocconi University. He has participated in various research projects, many financed by Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research. Vincenzo is a research scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management (Center for Information System Research). He is also research scholar at the Decision and Information Science Department of the University of Florida. He has close collaboration with the banking sector and has supported the operations of around 30 banks and insurance companies in Europe. Currently he is the research director of a European blockchain organization called B3. Vincenzo, has published numerous books and articles and served as track or minitrack co-chair in many conferences.

Professor Paulo Rupino da Cunha is assistant professor of information systems and the head of the IS Group at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Paulo is Director of Informatics and Systems Lab of Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN), a non-profit association for Innovation and Technology Transfer. Paulo holds a Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering from the University of Coimbra. He has been Adjunct Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, USA, from May 2009 to Dec 2012, and Visiting Associate at Brunel University, UK, from 2008 to 2010. He has been the Vice-President of the Board of Instituto Pedro Nunes and of IPN-Incubadora, a Business Incubator. For a period of three years, he was the elected Coordinator of the Informatics Engineering Chapter for the centre region of Portugal of the Portuguese Engineering Association, and for a two year term he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra. He has been involved in the organization of mini-tracks in several conferences, including AMCIS and HICSS. Paulo serves in editorial boards or program committees of several outlets and has reviewed for MISQ, EJIS, ICIS, ECIS, AMCIS, HICSS, among others.