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Publications 2017, 5(3), 19; doi:10.3390/publications5030019

A Proposed Currency System for Academic Peer Review Payments Using the BlockChain Technology

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Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 8020, New Zealand
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Olsson Fire & Risk, Manchester M4 6WX, UK
Academic Editor: Robert Campbell
Received: 23 May 2017 / Accepted: 10 July 2017 / Published: 14 July 2017
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Abstract

Peer review of scholarly papers is seen to be a critical step in the publication of high quality outputs in reputable journals. However, it appears that there are few incentives for researchers to agree to conduct suitable reviews in a timely fashion and in some cases unscrupulous practices are occurring as part of the production of academic research output. Innovations in internet-based technologies mean that there are ways in which some of the challenges can be addressed. In particular, this paper proposes a new currency system using the BlockChain as its basis that provides a number of solutions. Potential benefits and problems of using the technology are discussed in the paper and these will need further investigation should the idea develop further. Ultimately, the currency could be used as an alternative publication metric for authors, institutions and journals. View Full-Text
Keywords: peer review; BlockChain; currency peer review; BlockChain; currency
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