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The Future of Blockchain and Its Applications

Call for Papers

Recently, blockchain related technologies have gained massive popularity in the context of cryptocurrency systems such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

However, the underlying technology, that is, distributed ledgers, can be used in many other application domains. For example, the concept of distributed ledgers can be used in cloud and/or mobile environments, IoT, contracts, healthcare, and so on.

It is expected that, in the future, such applications, in addition to cryptocurrency, will become more and more relevant. However, there are many challenges to overcome.

The main purpose of this special issue is to provide both academic and industry researchers with a forum to present their research on the design, implementation, and evaluation of systems using the concept of distributed ledgers in a wide range of applications far beyond the traditional cryptocurrency systems. Thus, we seek to identify new application areas within this developing field. We encourage original research articles related to this topic, as well as high-quality review articles describing the current state of the art.

Thus, this special issue entitled will focus on the use of the distributed ledgers concept beyond cryptocurrency.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Applications (in big data, cloud, edge, mobile, Internet of Things, databases, governance, etc.) with blockchain technique
  • Lightweight protocols and algorithms based on blockchain
  • Smart contracts
  • Scaling issues of blockchain
  • Blockchain and Bitcoin security
  • Distributed blockchain schemes for decentralization
  • Security, privacy, and trust of blockchain and decentralized schemes
  • Performance optimization of blockchain and decentralized schemes
  • Attacks on existing blockchain protocols and platforms
  • Distributed consensus and fault tolerance mechanisms
  • Blockchain in social networking, crowdsourcing, and crowdsensing
  • Blockchain in edge computing
  • Key management in IoT blockchain
  • Enhanced PoW (Proof of Work) and PoS (Proof of Stake) in blockchain
  • Blockchain applications and AI
  • Energy consumption aspects related to blockchain

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 19 October 2018
Publication DateMarch 2019

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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