The editors of the Journal of Financial Regulation invite submissions for the Journal’s 2018 annual conference.
From distributed ledgers and smart contracts, to data mining, algorithmic trading, and robo-advisors—new technologies are rapidly changing the face of the financial services industry. These technologies hold out the promise of more efficient financial intermediation, deeper and more liquid financial markets, and enhanced choice for consumers of financial products. Yet many of the new financial market players and institutions that have sought to capitalize on these technologies are also the source of potentially significant and poorly understood risks. The often-praised absence of intermediation, for example, may also be one these new markets’ greatest problems—with investors left to their own devices without appropriate guidance from more sophisticated players. Such risks pose a range of challenges for policymakers responsible for promoting consumer and investor protection, ensuring the safety and soundness of financial institutions, and safeguarding the financial system from widespread panic and instability.
Against this backdrop, the editors of the Journal of Financial Regulation have selected “New Frontiers: Technology, Finance, and Regulation” as the theme of its 2018 annual conference. This conference will seek to explore a broad range of regulatory issues in relation to, inter alia, the following technological developments:
- The use of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts in the provision of financial services
- The emergence of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether, the associated market infrastructure, and initial coin offerings (ICOs)
- The rise of ‘fintech’ and the increasing use of data mining techniques in the financial services industry
- The use of robo-advisors in the provision of retail financial services
- The emergence and growth of non-bank payment systems
- The potential development of digital currencies by central banks
The conference organizers invite papers from scholars, policymakers, and practitioners on each of these topics, and on any other topic of relevance to the conference theme. In particular, the organizers encourage the submission of papers that examine these topics from an interdisciplinary, international and/or comparative perspective.
Papers should be submitted via email to Geneviève Helleringer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should state "JFR Conference Submission". To facilitate blind review, names and other identifying information should be redacted from the submitted paper (but clearly identified in the message). Authors who wish to have their conference submission considered for publication in the Journal of Financial Regulation should also submit their paper via the ScholarOne link available, under the 'submit' tab, on the journal website: academic.oup.com/jfr.
Deadline for submission of papers for the conference is 1 March 2018. Authors will be notified regarding whether their paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference by 30 April 2018.
The Journal of Financial Regulation is a peer-reviewed journal. Papers selected for presentation at the conference are not guaranteed to be accepted for publication in the Journal, but will be offered a fast-track peer review process. Non-acceptance of the paper for the conference does not per se exclude a potential later consideration for publication in the journal through the regular submission procedure.