Call for Papers

CfP special issue on "Blockchain and electronic commerce"

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Guest editors


Blockchains present opportunities to establish data security and trust and creates a new smart ecosystem as a decentralized infrastructure. Blockchain-related technologies play a vital role in the sustainable development of business, including electronic commerce (e-commerce). Their applications are attracting more attention. Decision-makers in business are increasingly looking to blockchain technologies to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and reduce risks. Blockchain creates synergies among multiple permissioned organizations, enabling us to create entirely new, higher-value business models (Alt, 2020; Podda & Pompianu, 2020). The opportune topics include the proven blockchain platforms that are already successful across businesses and industries, promoting growth and flexibility, open-source blockchain for the business platform that is transforming companies, driving growth, and creating new business models (IBM, 2021). Treiblmaier and Sillber (2021) reviewed topics they found important in e-commerce blockchain research. These included technological, legal, organizational/quality, and consumer-focused issues. Dong et al. (2021) discussed blockchain adoption in supply chain operations. Niu et al. (2021) addressed international supply chain operations affected by blockchains. These recent sources demonstrate attention given to blockchain impact on e-commerce.

Central issues and topics

This special issue provides an opportunity to bring together the research of scholars around the world to address issues related to electronic markets in blockchains. We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics focusing on electronic markets in blockchains. Possible topics of submissions include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Link of traditional marketing measures with novel decentralized infrastructures, e.g., digital couponing using blockchain.
  • Differences between e-commerce in blockchains and traditional e-commerce?
  • Specifics of processes for creating e-commerce in blockchains
  • Use of smart contracts as digital contracts for e-commerce
  • Assessment of decentralized e-commerce solutions (e.g. regarding speed, efficiency, accuracy, trust, transparency)
  • Synergies between decentralized and traditional e-commerce (e.g. hybrid strategies, challenges)
  • Cases on e-commerce using blockchain technologies
  • Analysis of specific framework requirements/limiting factors (e.g., regarding technical infrastructure)
  • Interorganizational integration and integration of other blockchain applications in e-commerce
  • Specifics of electronic markets such as infrastructure of users, rules, and regulation, and blockchain technology

We also welcome contributions addressing related topics not listed above (please contact the special issue editors, in that case, to discuss the fit prior to submission).



We encourage contributions with a broad range of methodological approaches, including conceptual, qualitative and quantitative research. We would also like to welcome authors publishing on the topic of Electronic Markets in Emerging blockchain with reference to electronic markets and networked business. All papers should fit Electronic Markets’ scope (

All papers will be peer-reviewed and should conform to Electronic Markets’ publication standards. Electronic Markets is an Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)-listed journal (IF 6.017 in 2021) in the area of information systems and supports methodological and theoretical pluralism, i.e., empirical or theoretical work, qualitative research, and design science are all welcome by the journal. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the special issue, please contact the guest editors.

All papers must be original, not published, or under review elsewhere. Papers must be submitted via our electronic submission system at Instructions, templates and general information are available at

The preferred average article length is approximately 10,000 words, excluding references. 



Maria Madlberger, Webster Vienna Private University, Austria ([email protected])


Alt, R. (2020). Electronic Markets on blockchain markets. Electronic Markets, 30(2), 181–188.

Dong, C., Chen, C., Shi, Z.X., & Ng, C.T. (2021). Operations strategy for supply chain finance with asset-backed securitization: Centralization and blockchain adoption. International Journal of Production Economics, 241.

IBM Blockchain Platform (2021)., Accessed February 1, 2022.

Niu, B., Mu, Z., Cao, B., & Gao, J. (2021). Should multinational firms implement blockchain to provide quality verification? Transportation Research: Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 145.

Podda, A. S., & Pompianu, L. (2020). An overview of blockchain-based systems and smart contracts for digital coupons. ICSEW’20: Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering Workshops, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, pp. 770-778.

Treiblmaier, H., & Sillaber, C. (2021). The impact of blockchain on e-commerce: A framework for salient research topics. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 48(July–August).