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Publication Date

Third Quarter 2024

Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Papers

Web 3.0 (aka Web3) has received increasing attention recently. Different from Web 1.0 featured by the static information provider and Web 2.0 featured by the interactive and collaborative Internet, Web 3.0 is characterized by decentralized applications and enhanced security. As the third-generation Internet, Web 3.0 is inclusive, secure, possessive, and decentralized. The advent of Web 3.0 is driven by the fusion of multiple information and communications technologies (ICT), such as blockchain, smart contracts, artificial intelligence (AI), and, communication networks, and cryptographic schemes. The emergence of Web 3.0 has boosted new business models and proliferated diverse decentralized applications, such as Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Non-Fungible Token (NFT), and Metaverse.

However, there are a number of challenges to be addressed before the full realization of Web 3.0. First, it is challenging to implement the new decentralized-yet-trusted networks for Web 3.0 so as to guarantee both security and trust in a decentralized environment. Second, Web 3.0 typically underpins the Metaverse applications, which nevertheless have critical requirements on underlying network infrastructure. For example, Web 3.0-based augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) applications often demand ultra-Low latency and highly-reliable communications, which may not be fully met by the current 4G/5G networks. Third, AI plays a crucial role in the evolution of Web 3.0, such as adaptively optimizing network resources for emerging Web 3.0 applications. Fourth, how to implement a trustworthy Web 3.0 ecosystem is another challenge in the current trustless decentralized Internet. Last but not the least, it is challenging to realize a new networking ecosystem to boost Web 3.0-based applications and achieve privacy-preserved value sharing among users.

It requires us to integrate cutting-edge networking technologies to realize a secure, trustworthy, and intelligent Web 3.0 ecosystem. With this aim, this Special Issue in IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering seeks the state-of-art advances in Web 3.0 from the perspectives of networking technologies. We highly encourage original research articles to address the concerns with advanced networking technologies for Web 3.0. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advanced networking theories and algorithms for emerging Web 3.0
  • Advanced distributed communications strategies for emerging Web 3.0
  • Advanced secure and trustworthy networking algorithms for emerging Web 3.0
  • Advanced incentive mechanisms in networking services for emerging Web 3.0
  • New networking protocols for blockchains for emerging Web 3.0
  • New consensus schemes for networking services for emerging Web 3.0
  • New network-intrusion detection and identification methods for emerging Web 3.0
  • New cloud-based and edge-based networking services for emerging Web 3.0
  • Security and privacy protection methods for Web 3.0
  • Complex-network based algorithms for big data analytics for Web 3.0
  • Digital twin-based networking solutions for Web 3.0
  • Emerging Web 3.0 networking applications

Submission Guidelines

Papers submitted to this Special Issue for possible publication must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference.

All papers are to be submitted through the journal editorial submission system. At the beginning of the submission process in the submission system, authors need to select “Special Issue on Advanced Networking Technologies for Web 3.0” as the article type.

All manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines, which can also be found on the website provided above. Papers will be evaluated following the journal's standard review process.

All papers will be reviewed by at least three reviewers for their technical merit, scope, and relevance to the CFP.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: 1 June 2023
First-Round Review Notification: 30 August 2023
Revision Manuscript Due: 31 October 2023
Final Decision: 30 November 2023
Estimated Publication Date: Third Quarter 2024

Guest Editors

Henry Hong-Ning Dai (Lead)
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Daniel Xiapu Luo
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Zibin Zheng
Sun Yat-sen University, China

Yan Zhang
University of Oslo, Norway

Qin Hu
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA