It was only a few years ago when cryptocurrency and blockchain research was a tiny and mostly confused field. That’s no longer the case! Research is growing rapidly and finding mainstream scholarly acceptance. To highlight a data point, the vibrancy and high-quality of Calls for Papers—to say nothing of the massive number of publications—is encouraging.
The earliest research was published circa 2012 and started to take off with the first Bitcoin bubble of 2013. Since then, the research landscape has expanded rapidly, with every discipline and nearly every topic represented. For example, the Blockchain Research Network bibliography contains over 2000 items. At the same time, anecdotally, the quality of research has risen significantly too.
This short description is an attempt to detail the breadth and depth of cryptocurrency and blockchain research. It will be frequently updated as the field grows and the landscape changes. I invite contributions and feedback.
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