Crypto World: The top 10 Cryptocurrency Research Papers

Research is an important aspect when it comes to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. It helps people to do a quick SWOT analysis of the crypto industry. Many organizations have done researches and come up with innovative ideas.

Almost a decade ago, Satoshi Nakamoto presented his invention Bitcoin along with the driving factor of the technology which is Blockchain. His brainchild was put forward in a Whitepaper in which he has described everything about Bitcoin detail. After this, many other cryptocurrencies came in the market which presented their own whitepapers. Even when people have not come up with cryptocurrencies, many organizations have done research on various aspects of the crypto world and has put forward their study and analysis in their research papers. There are many impactful research papers by esteemed organizations which help to give insight into several aspects of the industry.

Below is a list of some impactful research papers, the order below does not imply their rank:


  1. Should cryptocurrencies be included in the portfolio of the International Reserves held by the Central Bank of Barbados?

Authors: Winston Moore, Jeremy Stephen

This research paper describes the recognition status Bitcoin is receiving from all over the world. It also describes how it is useful for the Central banks.


  1. The Bitcoin Lightning Network: Scalable Off-Chain Instant Payments

Authors: Joseph Poon, Thaddeus Dryja

This paper enlightens people about the medium which allows for instant transactions between two entities without any mediator using the Lightning network.


  1. The Bitcoin Backbone Protocol

Authors: Juan A Garay, Nikos Leonardos, Aggelos Kiayias.

The authors have described the chain and prefix quality concepts. They have analyzed the protocols and underlying concepts.


  1. Bitcoin-NG: A Scalable Blockchain Protocol

Authors: Adem Efe Gencer, Emin Gun Sirer, Ittay Eyal, Robbert van Renesse

The authors have described the mining algorithm and scalability, which give details about the key blocks for throughput during transactions.


  1. Does Governance Have a Role in Pricing? Cross-Country Evidence from Bitcoin Markets

Author: Robert Viglione

This paper throws light on the analysis of the bitcoin market data in elections along with the data generated via bitcoin.


  1. Eclipse Attacks on Bitcoin’s Peer-to-Peer Network

Authors: Alison Kendler, Aviv Zohar, Ethan Heilman, Sharon Goldberg

This paper describes the attacks which are employed on bitcoin network and security issues faced on the network and deeply explain about the Eclipse attack.


  1. Confidential Transactions

Author: Gregory Maxwell

In this paper, the author has focused on the methodology to follow in order to hide the payment values in a cryptographic transaction.


  1. SoK: Research Perspectives and Challenges for Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Authors: Edward W Felten, Andrew Miller, Jeremy Clark,  Joseph Bonneau, Arvind Narayanan, Joshua A. Kroll.

In this paper, the authors have focussed on various aspects of cryptocurrencies like mining, transactions, network etc.


  1. Bitcoin in Islamic Banking and Finance

Author: Charles W Evans

This paper describes how much importance Bitcoin has received from the Islamic community worldwide.


  1. Digital Currencies

Author: Committee on Payments, Bank of International Settlements, Market Infrastructures.

This analysis states the method in which digital currencies can revamp the payment system.