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Call for Papers -- Feature Topic, Vol.16, No.4, 2019
Blockchain Technology and Applications
Recently, cryptocurrencies and various Blockchain systems have received significant attention in both academia and industry. Blockchain is a distributed, reliable, secure, and continuously growing distributed ledger, which is the underlying fabric for various cryptocurrencies to record transactions in a verifiable and permanent way across a peer-to-peer network of participants. Blockchain leverages cryptographic protocols and distributed consensus algorithms to provide key characteristics, such as decentralization, anonymity, auditability, data immutability, and non-repudiation.
Both researchers and practitioners have recognized that Blockchaincan solve complex technical or socio-economic problems. There is a great interest in applying Blockchain’s approaches to other use cases. For example, Blockchain technologies, as an emerging distributed architecture and computing paradigm, have accelerated the development/application of the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud/Edge Computing, Social Networking, Finance, Insurance, Healthcare, and Supply Chain Management. The popularity and rapid development of Blockchain bring many technical and regulatory challenges for research communities. There is a pressing need to balance between technical and regulatory requirements.
The feature topic solicits submissions of manuscripts that represent novel research contributions onBlockchain-related technologies, applications, services, architectures, solutions, and standardization activities. Papers describing algorithms, models, prototypes, implementations, tools, and paradigms are welcome. Survey papers or visionary articles indicating future directions from different perspectives are also encouraged.
The goal of this feature topic is to present state-of-the-art original research, and latest advances and innovations in key theories, techniques, schemes, applications, and solutions for Blockchain, as well as to identify emerging research topics and examine the future. Extended versions of papers published in conferences, symposium, or workshop proceedings may also be submitted.
Submission Deadline:October25, 2018
Acceptance Notification (1st round):December15, 2018
Minor Revision Due:January25, 2019
Final Decision Due:February 5, 2019
Final Manuscript Due:February 20, 2019
Publication Date:April15, 2019
Guest editors
Erwu Liu, Tongji University, China
Alex Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Greg Adamson, University of Melbourne, Australia
Ramesh Ramadoss,IoT Technologies Inc., USA
Yixian Yang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Wei-Tek Tsai, Beihang University, China
Yunlei Zhao, Fudan University, China
Min Lei, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Topics include (but not limited to):
Smart Contracts
Consensus Algorithm
Encryption Algorithm
Security, Privacy, Identity, Anonymity, and Confidentiality
Threat Models and Attacks
Digital Currencies, Distributed Ledger, and Trusted Computing
Performance Metrics, Efficiency and Scalability
Blockchain Architecture, Protocol, and Algorithm
Blockchain Applications (DAPPs), Services, Models, and Platforms
Interoperability that Enable Connectivity between Different Blockchains
Blockchain and 5G, Network Softwarization and Virtualization (SDN/NFV)
Blockchain and the Internet, Social Networks, and Complex Networks
Blockchain and Edge/Fog/Cloud Computing
Blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning
Blockchain and Big Data (i.e., Data Acquisition, Storage, Management, Cleaning, Analysis, and Sharing)
Blockchain and Fintech
Blockchain Sandbox and Regulations
Blockchain-related Standards and Interfaces
Legal, Ethical, Economical and Societal Aspects
Submission guidelines
This feature topic “Blockchain Technology and Applications” invites submissions of original, previously unpublished technical papers and visionary articles exploring the architecture, techniques, and applications in Blockchain. All submissions will be anonymously peer reviewed and will be evaluated on the basis of their technical content. Potential topics of interest include, but not limited to areas listed above.
Papers should be submitted in two separate .doc files (preferred) or .pdf files: 1) Main Document (including paper title, abstract, key words, and full text); 2) Title page (including paper title, author affiliation, acknowledgement and any other information related with the authors’ identification) through the Manuscript Central.
Each submission must be accompanied by the following information:
an abstract of about 150 words
3-8 keywords
original photographs with high-resolution (300 dpi or greater); eps. ortif. format is preferred; sequentially numbered references.
sequentially numbered references. The basic reference format is: author name, "article name", issue name (italic), vol., no., page, month, year. for example: Y. M. Huang, "pervateture in wireless heterogeneous…", IEEE Journal on Selected Areas, vol. 27, no. 5, pp 34-50, May, 2009.
brief biographies of authors (50-75 words)
contact information, including email and mailing addresses
Please note that each submission will normally be approximately 4500 words, with no more than 20 mathematical formulas, accomplished by up to 10 figures and/or tables.

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