The digital economy is accelerating and evolving, especially in emerging markets.
Novel business models are emerging that are challenging traditional business models, and current organizational structures are being superseded by the platform economy of algorithm+big data+computing power. This includes the use of an array of enabling technologies including the Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, augmented and virtual reality and smart manufacturing.
This theme issue is intended to bring together research contributions from a variety of disciplines that can shed light on emerging business, technology and social issues in the digital economy and how they relate to each other.
It aims to publish high-quality contributions, especially of application-oriented research into the digital economy, and will serve as a reference point for research that is advancing the digital economy and a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in this area.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the areas listed below:
The digital economy and social change
Novel business models in the digital economy
Digital Finance and fintech
Digital currency and blockchain technologies
Big data and the applications of AI in the digital economy
The digital economy and international trade relationships between countries, especially the USA and China
Novel theories for the digital economy
Disruptive technologies to in the digital economy
Submissions should be original papers and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Extended versions of high quality conference papers that are already published at relevant venues may also be considered as long as the additional contribution is substantial (at least 30% of new content).
Authors should follow the formatting and submission instructions for Personal and Ubiquitous Computing at
During the first submission step in Editorial Manager select Original article as the article type. In further steps you should confirm that your submission belongs to this special issue by choosing the special issue title from the drop-down menu.
All papers will be peer-reviewed.
Submission deadline: Feb 28, 2021
Author notification: Apr 30, 2021
Revised papers due: May 31, 2021
Final notification: Jul 31, 2021
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