MaRSChain: Framework for a Fair Manuscript Review System Based on Permissioned Blockchain

  • Nitesh EmmadiEmail author
  • Lakshmi Padmaja Maddali
  • Sumanta Sarkar
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11339)


Current Manuscript Review Systems (Conference/Journal) rely on a centralized services (like EasyChair, iChair, HotCRP or EDAS), which manage the whole process that starts with manuscript submissions to notification of the results. As these review systems are centralized, the trust is based on a single entity. The fairness of the system hinges on the honesty of the central controlling authority. This dependency can be avoided by decentralizing the source of the trust. Bitcoin has shown the power of decentralization and shared database through blockchain technology, and currently is being studied for its immense impact on FinTech. We leverage blockchain to address the above concern and present a decentralized manuscript review system that provides trust and fairness. We call this system MaRSChain. As a proof of concept, we develop a prototype of MaRSChain system on top of Hyperledger Fabric platform. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ever decentralized manuscript review system based on Blockchain.


Manuscript review system Blockchain Consensus Fairness Trust Smart contract 



We would like to thank Vigneswaran R for his inputs towards the development of our system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nitesh Emmadi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lakshmi Padmaja Maddali
    • 1
  • Sumanta Sarkar
    • 1
  1. 1.TCS Innovation LabsHyderabadIndia

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