Christopher E. WilmerPeter R. Rizun
Ledger is the first peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology research. The journal covers aspects of mathematics, computer science, engineering, law, economics and philosophy that relates to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
Ledger is an open access journal published by the University Library System (ULS) of the University of Pittsburgh and is cosponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The journal expects to release full-publications twice a year and additional articles throughout. Individuals such as Michael Kumhof, Senior Research Advisor at the Bank of England, and Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, as well as academics from a variety of institutions including Oxford, Stanford and MIT currently make up the editorial team. Ledger has received partial funding from Bitcoin Unlimited.
The idea for Ledger was born out of a discussion between managing editors Peter R. Rizun and Christopher E. Wilmer on the bitcoin forum bitcointalk.org. A call for papers was issued on the 15th September 2015 with the deadline set at 31st December 2015 but following delays in formalising the review process the inaugural issue was not published until December 2016.
The journal encourages authors to digitally sign a file hash of submitted papers, which will then be timestamped into the bitcoin blockchain. Authors are also asked to include a personal bitcoin address in the first page of their papers.
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