British Blockchain Association Launches First European Peer Reviewed Journal

A new publication dedicated to the development of the blockchain has been launched, making it the first of its kind.

The British Blockchain Association (BBA) has launched The Journal of the British Blockchain Association (JBBA), which is aimed at encouraging the adoption of the technology.

The BBA website states that JBBA ‘is Europe’s first peer reviewed, academic journal devoted to blockchain technology & cryptocurrencies.’ It adds that it will be published six times a year ‘and will provide a forum for authors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences across a wide range of industries and technologies in which blockchain is being deployed.’

Publications will focus on original research, case studies, expert opinions, critical reviews, and will cover the latest important issues.

According to a press release, it reads:

The journal is an ‘archival international journal’ that will cover many aspects of interdisciplinary work in the field of DLT, and report its practical use in a wide range of applications in industry, the public sector, government and academia.

Dr. Naseem Naqvi, the JBBA’s Editor-in-Chief, explained by saying:

Newspapers and magazines contain articles that are written by reporters who may or may not be experts on the topic. Consequently, we read content that may contain incorrect or unverified information. With a peer-reviewed journal, such as the JBBA, all articles are evaluated by experts before being published. This ensures that all content within the Journal remains credible, reliable, accurate and authentic.

Not only will the journal be able to showcase author’s work, it will also permit policy makers to build on an evidence-based framework. This, in turn, means that governments can rely on sound evidence when required.

Dr Naqvi added:

New and existing researchers in these areas need authoritative reviews by leading experts that put well-established areas in perspective and new and emerging areas in context. The JBBA aims to become the “Gold Standard” journal for the highest quality, evidence based, peer-reviewed blockchain and DLT resources.

Recent research suggests that the compound annual growth rate for blockchain spending between 2016 and 2021 is estimated to be 81.2 percent. An estimated $945 million was spent on blockchain solutions in 2017, with another $2.1 billion expected to be deployed on blockchain projects this year. This figure is set to reach $9.2 billion by 2021.

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