May 17, 2022

New Report From Digital Science Looks at Potential of Blockchain Technology in Scholarly Communication and Research, Catalyst Grants Also Announced

New Report: Blockchain for Research – Perspectives on a New Paradigm for Scholarly Communication.

From Digital Science:

The report offers a perspective on blockchain technology and how it could impact scholarly communication and research. It also features views from global industry experts on how future technologies in the scholarly arena will be impacted by blockchain technology.

In support of this new technology, Digital Science is offering a special Catalyst Grant of up to $30,000 / £25,000 specifically aimed at blockchain technologies in the scholarly arena.

Blockchain is a revolutionary technology that has the promise to radically change many industries. This report zooms in on its potential to transform scholarly communication and research, focusing on important initiatives in this field. The report highlights how blockchain technology can touch many critical aspects of scholarly communication, such as transparency, open science, and reproducibility.


The report includes:

  • An introduction into “What is blockchain technology?”
  • A discussion around the challenges in scholarly communication including  the reproducibility crisis, correctly assigning credit and the peer review process.
  • Thoughts on how blockchain technology can be applied to certain activities such as managing research and data, disseminating content, offering new metrics and supporting alternative economic models.
  • Latest examples and initiatives of how blockchain technology is currently being utilised in the scholarly arena.
  • A look to the future of blockchain technology for scholarly communication & research.

The report, written and produced by Dr. Joris van Rossum, includes interviews with industry experts including:

  • Soenke Bartling, a German radiologist and founder of Blockchain for Science,
  • Eefke Smit, Director, Standards and Technology, International Association of STM Publishers.
  • Dr. Philipp Sandner is Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.


* Catalyst Grant for the Blockchain

To celebrate the launch of our report, we are offering a unique Catalyst Grant of up to $30,000 / £25,000 aimed specifically at blockchain technology.

We are accepting proposals for implementing any blockchain technology in a research context, especially where it concerns the dissemination or publication of research. Applications could fall into any of the following categories:

– New cryptocurrencies or protocols
– Applications built on existing cryptocurrencies or protocols
– How existing applications can be developed or adapted
– Working groups or entities looking to influence the implementation of blockchain technology

Deadline for applications is Monday 15th January 2018

Direct to Download Full Text Report
20 pages; PDF.
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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.