Scholarly Publishing on the Blockchain - From Smart Papers to Smart Informetrics

Tracking #: 566-1546

Responsible editor: 

Ruben Verborgh

Submission Type: 

Research Paper


Blockchains provide decentralised, tamper-free registries of transactions among partners that may not trust each other. For the scientific community, blockchain smart contracts have been proposed to decentralise and make more transparent multiple aspects of scholarly communications. We show how an Ethereum-based suite of smart contracts running on top of a Web-enabled governance framework can facilitate decentralised computation of citations that is trustworthy. We implement and evaluate Smart Papers, and extend it with a model for decentralised citation counts. We show how our approach complements current models for decentralised publishing and informetrics calculation, and analyse cost and performance implications.


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Date of Submission: 

Sunday, March 31, 2019