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Publication Date

July 2023

Manuscript Submission Deadline

Feature Topic

Call for Papers

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With fast evolution of computer and networking technologies, more and more systems and applications are based on interconnecting different devices and systems to form the Internet-of-Something: things, vehicles, and even bodies. Many among those systems require permanent, distributed data storage facilities which are being increasingly implemented using replicated, tamper-proof blockchain ledgers. Blockchain technology brings many challenges that include efficient and reliable data distribution, and efficient and collusion-proof consensus mechanisms. Coverage of wide geographical areas brings another set of problems that relate to long propagation delays, flexible dynamic routing, and optimal use of SDN technologies. In addition, a plethora of existing security- and privacy-related constraints on the networks are exacerbated, rather than solved, by blockchain technology.

The purpose of this Feature Topic is to bring together the latest research results related to analysis, design, and implementation of network and communication systems that support blockchain-enabled Internet-of-Anything systems and applications. To this end, we are seeking paper in one or more of the following areas:

  • Network performance of blockchain applications: data propagation and distribution protocols
  • Blockchain and consensus protocols: optimizing the consensus in a networked application
  • Protecting the contents of blockchain transactions and blocks
  • Authenticating users and nodes in a blockchain-based system
  • User and data privacy in blockchain networks
  • Encryption techniques for use in blockchain networks and applications
  • Challenges of blockchain based wide area networks
  • Adapting SDN technologies to blockchain networks
  • Blockchain applications in a wireless communication environment
  • Internet of Vehicles and blockchain
  • Optimizing blockchain operation and storage in resource constrained environments
  • Blockchain for Internet of Things systems and applications
  • Mobile edge computing and blockchain

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should conform to the standard format as indicated in the Manuscript Submission Guidelines in the IEEE Communications Magazine website. Please, check these guidelines carefully before submitting since submissions not complying with them will be administratively rejected without review.

All manuscripts to be considered for publication must be submitted by the deadline through Manuscript Central. Select the “FT-2224 / Networks for Blockchain-Enabled Applications” topic from the drop-down menu of topics. Please observe the dates specified here below noting that there will be no extension of the submission deadline.

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 14 December 2022 (Extended Deadline)
First Cycle of Reviews: 28 February 2023
Second Cycle of Reviews and Final Decisions: 30 April 2023
Publication Date: July 2023

Guest Editors

Jelena Misic
Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Canada

Vojislav Misic
Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Canada

Haisheng Guo
Chief Engineer at Data Intelligence Platform Department, ZTE Corporation, China