Title: A review of cryptocurrencies research

Authors: Maame Akua Sarpong

Addresses: UniqueWrite MakConsult, P.O Box MD10666, Accra, Ghana

Abstract: Crypto currencies research is seen as young field though has made drastic impact with the introduction of Bitcoin. In order to strengthen the relatively young multidisciplinary field, there is a need to conduct review of literature. Therefore, it is deemed opportune to carry out systematic literature review which could unveil gaps for future studies and also inform policy makers in preparation towards adoption of cryptocurrencies. About 22 articles were filtered from sampled 42 articles after critically examining them on basis of contribution of insights drawn for discussion based on the model adopted for thematic analysis. The four-step life cycle model comprise of: needs assessment, design, adoption issues and impact assessment. Alternative coins have emerged which calls for comparative analysis and review to explore its usage. User perception of the crypto markets and the likelihood of governments deploring its use are areas considerable of further studies.

Keywords: crypto currencies; block chain; selfish mining; Bitcoin; financial technology; protocol; cryptographic protocol; digital currency; peer-to-peer electronic cash system.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBC.2022.124005

International Journal of Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies, 2022 Vol.3 No.2, pp.131 - 140

Received: 05 Oct 2021
Accepted: 17 Feb 2022

Published online: 07 Jul 2022 *

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