Call for Papers

CfP special issue on "Fintech and Decentralized Finance"

Submission deadline: February 28, 2024

Guest Editors

* Stefano Ferretti, University of Urbino, Italy, stefano.ferretti(at)
* Gabriele D’Angelo, University of Bologna, Italy, g.dangelo(at)
* Te Bao, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, baote(at)
* Luyao Zhang, Duke Kunshan University, China, luyao.zhang(at)


This special issue seeks to explore recent trends and new challenges posed by the novel technologies and applications to foster innovative financial applications. The aim is to receive contributions which bridge the realms of computer science, economics and law, so as to explore the dynamic intersection of technology and finance.

On the one hand, this comprises submissions that address the technical aspects of systems, architectures, algorithms, and protocols for financial data management and analysis. This includes topics such as data science and analytics, machine learning for financial applications, data privacy and cybersecurity in financial systems, distributed ledger technologies and blockchain based solutions.

On the other hand, contributions that shed light on the benefits and challenges of the design of decentralized trading systems and financial market infrastructures are relevant. One area of increasing interest and relevance within this context is decentralized finance (DeFi). DeFi refers to a novel financial ecosystem built on blockchain and decentralized technologies, aiming to provide open, permissionless, and inclusive financial services. It encompasses a wide range of applications, including decentralized lending and borrowing, decentralized exchanges, yield farming, automated market makers and asset management, among others.

As DeFi continues to gain traction, it introduces unique opportunities and challenges that merit exploration. We encourage authors to contribute papers that delve into the technical, economic, and regulatory aspects of decentralized finance. Topics of interest may include the design and analysis of DeFi protocols, the evaluation of risks and security measures, the economic implications of DeFi systems, and the impact on traditional financial intermediaries.

Central issues and topics

Possible topics of submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Distributed systems for financial applications
  • Blockchain-based systems in finance
  • Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
  • Centralized and Decentralized Trading Systems
  • Financial market infrastructures
  • Key applications for DeFi, such as Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML)
  • Liquidity Pools and Automated Market Making (AMM)
  • Security and privacy in Fintech
  • Distributed (smart) systems relying on cryptocurrencies and smart contracts
  • Blockchain in edge and cloud computing
  • Performance optimization of blockchain and decentralized schemes
  • Multi-Agent systems for modeling fintech applications and services
  • Simulation and modeling techniques for DeFi and Fintech applications
  • Decentralized Finance and the Metaverse
  • Digital Twins for Fintech
  • Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence in Fintech
  • Data analysis techniques for financial applications (portfolio management, insurtech, lending, etc.)
  • Applications of RegTech
  • Systems for digital payment services
  • Sustainability in Fintech applications

This is the fourth special issue in a series of successful special issues on Financial Technologies (FinTech) in the Electronic Markets journal. Building on the momentum and insights gained from previous editions, we continue to explore the latest advancements and challenges in the FinTech and DeFi landscape.


Electronic Markets is a Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)-listed journal (IF 8.5 in 2022) in the area of information systems. This call is open for all contributions, but also invites selected papers from the FiDeFix workshop, held in conjunction with the 43rd IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems.

We encourage original contributions with a broad range of methodological approaches, including conceptual, qualitative and quantitative research. Please also consider position papers and case studies for this special issue. All papers should fit the journal scope (for more information, see and will undergo a double-blind peer-review process. Submissions must be made via the journal’s submission system ( and comply with the journal's formatting standards. Paper submissions must present original, unpublished research or experiences. The preferred average article length is approximately 10,000 words, excluding references. Instructions, templates and general information are available at If you would like to discuss any aspect of this special issue, you may either contact the guest editors or the Editorial Office.


Decentralized finance, financial technologies, blockchain, distributed ledger technologies, cryptocurrencies.

Important deadline

* Submission Deadline: February 28, 2024


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