Cryptoeconomic Systems (CES) – MIT Media Lab

The MIT Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) has launched Cryptoeconomic Systems (CES), a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal and convention sequence centered on blockchain expertise. Cryptoeconomic Systems Volume 1, Issue 1 is now accessible.

One of the foremost targets of Cryptoeconomic Systems is to convey cohesion to the analysis group. Currently, there are few blockchain-first publications, and even fewer that make the most of peer evaluate. The result’s a fragmented physique of analysis with papers scattered throughout disciplines, journals—even mediums of publication. “Despite the incredible work being done, blockchain doesn’t have the research infrastructure of other fields,” says Reuben Youngblom, managing editor of Cryptoeconomic Systems and Fellow at Stanford Law School, the place he focuses on blockchain regulation and coverage. “A lack of infrastructure is less problematic when articles are few and far between, and are primarily driven by another discipline. But more and more, blockchain is becoming a main research focus. We used to see papers that dealt with blockchain but were better classified under other fields. Lately, we’ve started seeing manuscripts that can only be classified as blockchain papers, despite leaning on economics, law, or a myriad of other disciplines. These works deserve a dedicated publication.”

By gathering blockchain scholarship below one roof, CES hopes to catalyze new and progressive analysis, increasing the scope of how blockchain matches into the world. Over the following few years, the purpose is to seed the sector by means of exploration and experimentation. “We’re particularly excited when we get papers from unexpected places,” says Youngblom. “Many of the intersections the world takes for granted were largely unintuitive until relatively recently. Design and technology, athletics and math—we see deductive reasoning as core to science, but even those two were only inextricably coupled within the past few centuries. What happens when we pair blockchain with, say, poetry? I have no idea, but I’m excited to find out.”

Quality over Quantity

Underpinning every little thing is a singular emphasis on high quality. Andrew Miller, a co-editor-in-chief and an assistant professor of pc science at UIUC (in addition to IC3 Associate Director), notes that rigor has largely been lacking from blockchain analysis. To that finish, a core focus of CES shall be to convey new ranges of important examination to the sector. Miller hopes {that a} extra rigorous strategy can rework the blockchain house, elevating revolutionary analysis and lowering the quantity of misinformation unfold by means of white papers. In pursuit of high quality, CES is deliberately transferring ahead with out article quotas, preferring as an alternative to take care of the flexibleness to just accept solely the most effective analysis every cycle, whether or not that’s one paper or a whole bunch. 

CES can also be uniquely positioned to floor the most effective analysis accessible by sidestepping a typical drawback blockchain students face: a scarcity of area experience in the course of the peer-review course of. “An article that approaches cryptocurrencies through, for instance, a financial lens may be a groundbreaking blockchain paper, but contribute little, strictly in terms of innovative material, to the field of finance. If an author’s only publication options are finance journals, their manuscript will likely be rejected in peer review,” Youngblom says. “By building review groups that have domain expertise in blockchain and other disciplines, we can identify and publish these deserving papers.”

Get Involved

Though situated throughout the DCI, each the journal and convention sequence embrace a mission that places the group—slightly than any single group—on the forefront. “We hope that Cryptoeconomic Systems will eventually become geographically boundless,” says Neha Narula, director of the MIT DCI and co-editor-in-chief. “Our plan is to support CES through the DCI, but really intertwine ourselves with the community by hosting events at other schools, and with other organizations, around the world.” Fostering collaborations with tutorial establishments, trade, and impartial researchers is a key element of the long-term imaginative and prescient, and really a lot in alignment with the open-source ethos of blockchain. Further, in the identical spirit, CES shall be revealed below a diamond open entry coverage by the MIT Press, with all content material freely accessible on the PubPub platform. In addition to internet hosting exterior occasions, Cryptoeconomic Systems seeks to increase its relationships with organizations each inside and exterior to the blockchain world by means of academic efforts, sponsorship alternatives, and different collaborations.

The dedication to openness extends even to publication mechanics. In an effort to stay as goal as doable, CES has adopted a double-blind peer-review course of, permitting every manuscript to talk for itself. “There’s no advantage to name recognition, and possibly more importantly, no disadvantage to being relatively unknown,” says Youngblom. “If your work is strong enough, we’ll publish it. When I think about the most brilliant blockchain minds I know, they range from tenured faculty at elite institutions to lone-wolf thinkers who would have much more of an uphill battle gaining traction with their ideas.” The most up-to-date Call for Papers is at the moment stay, and can stay open till May 25, 2021. All papers coping with blockchain, cryptocurrencies, or decentralized applied sciences in some capability are welcome. Additional particulars and submission tips might be discovered on the CES website.

Cryptoeconomic Systems Volume 1, Issue 1 options work from specialists in pc science, economics, and philosophy, representing each academia and trade. A second subject is forthcoming later this spring. For these curious about studying extra about previous analysis that has been offered at CES Conferences in 2019 and 2020, archived talks can be found on the CES website. Cryptoeconomic Systems is on the market on Twitter, runs an open Discord server, and might be reached at


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