Global technology company Digital Science has released a landmark report titled - Blockchain for Research - Perspectives on a New Paradigm for Scholarly Communication. The report offers a perspective on blockchain technology and how it could impact scholarly communication and research. It also features views from global industry experts on how future technologies in the scholarly arena will be impacted by blockchain technology.
In support of this new technology, Digital Science is offering a special Catalyst Grant of up to $30,000 / £25,000 specifically aimed at blockchain technologies in the scholarly arena.
Blockchain is a revolutionary technology that has the promise to radically change many industries. This report zooms in on its potential to transform scholarly communication and research, focusing on important initiatives in this field. The report highlights how blockchain technology can touch many critical aspects of scholarly communication, such as transparency, open science, and reproducibility.
The report includes an introduction into 'What is blockchain technology?'; a discussion around the challenges in scholarly communication including the reproducibility crisis, correctly assigning credit and the peer review process; thoughts on how blockchain technology can be applied to certain activities such as managing research and data, disseminating content, offering new metrics and supporting alternative economic models; latest examples and initiatives of how blockchain technology is currently being utilised in the scholarly arena; and a look to the future of blockchain technology for scholarly communication & research.
The report, written and produced by Dr. Joris van Rossum, includes interviews with industry experts including Dr. Soenke Bartling, a German radiologist and founder of Blockchain for Science; Eefke Smit, Director, Standards and Technology, International Association of STM Publishers; and Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
The report is available for download on Figshare.
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