Crypto Words is an attempt to archive commentary from the Bitcoin community. For the uninitiated, getting up to speed on the Bitcoin space can be daunting. Content is all over the place and there’s not an easy way to digest relavant commentary. That’s why we made this journal.
We are hand curating the content. This means reading a ton of tweets, following a ton of RSS feeds, and reading a ton of email newsletters. Our hope is to one day be community curated and peer reviewed. Until then, we’ll keep reading and archiving.
Crypto Words is a journal of Bitcoin commentary, established February 13, 2019. Its purpose is to document and advance commentary and research in disciplines of particular interest to the Bitcoin community. The journal is broad in scope, publishing content from original research, essays, blog posts, and tweetstorms from a wide variety of fields, especially governance, technology, philosophy, politics, and economics, but also legal theory, history, criticism, and social or cultural analysis. Its broader mission is to capture the conversations and think pieces in the Bitcoin space for current and future researchers. Crypto Papers hopes to continue and expand the tradition established by publications such as the The Journal of Libertarian Studies and Libertarian Papers.
There exists a gap in Bitcoin publishing. For authors with commentary and scholarly papers on Bitcoin topics, the choice of publication outlets is relatively limited. The number of journals that serve as outlets for Bitcoin research is in any event too small, as the number of Bitcoin thinkers continues to grow with every market cycle.
This generation of Bitcoin thinkers have limited places to submit thought pieces for publication. Content is scattered across the web, and in some cases behind paywalls which prevent the free flow of information. With the advent of the Twitter and blogging, authors also now have the option of self-publishing: they post the content to their own site or some private site, link it in a blog post, or post a working paper. But this is obviously not the best way to document and publish. What is needed is a journal that takes full advantage of the possibilities of the digital age as a go to resource for think pieces in the Bitcoin space.
Enter Crypto Words. Published independently, Crypto Words is a journal that welcomes submissions on a range of topics of interest to the Bitcoin community. In addition to conventional research articles, we welcome review essays blog posts, tweets as well as papers in other formats, such as distinguished lectures. Finally, wherever possible, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Authors retain ownership without restriction of all rights under copyright in their articles. Crypto Words is open access, and we encourage readers to “read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles… or use them for any other lawful purpose.” We want our ideas read, spread, and copied.
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