Theme Issue on The Digital Economy - Technologies, Trends and Influences

Guest Editors

Yudong Qi, Dean of Business School, Beijing Normal University,
Yunchuan Sun, Director of International Institute of Big Data in Finance, Business School, Beijing Normal University,
Zhengjun Zhang, Department of Statistics, University of Wisconsin, US,
Yufeng Shi, Shandong University,

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models are emerging that are challenging traditional business models, and current organizational structures are being superceded by the platform economy of algorithm+big data+computing power.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, gig 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.


  • 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 ecomomy
  • 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

Important Dates

Submission deadline:  May 31, 2021
Author notification:    July 31, 2021
Revised papers due:    August 31, 2021
Final notification:        October 31, 2021


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 must follow the formatting and submission instructions of the Personal and Ubiquitous Computing journal at

During the first step in the submission system Editorial Manager, please select “Original article” as article type. In further steps, please confirm that your submission belongs to a special issue and choose from the drop-down menu the appropriate special issue title.