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Feature Topic

Call for Papers

Different from “read” based Web1 and “read-write” based Web2, “read-write-own” based Web3 is proposed as a typical user-centric internet to open the new generation of World Wide Web, which is expected to not allow the power to rest with a few big internet companies. Generally, Web3 is decentralized and semantic depending on user behavior, and thus the zero-trust architecture should be created initially. Second, to access Web3, it is essential to study how to establish an identity management system. Meanwhile, for resource description and data verification, it is necessary to set up decentralized identifiers (DID), and link the data to identifiers in the form of DID document. In particular, a decentralized network operating system is an indispensable underlying technology for Web3, incorporating concepts such as decentralization and user-driven philosophy. Therefore, the corresponding technologies for the operating system such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology should be further studied and developed. Moreover, in order to reduce the consensus cost, a large-scale incentive mechanism is also the basis of long-term sustainability, which can attract and motivate distributed players to participate in the maintenance of Web3. Last but not the least, Web 3 is built on a physical infrastructure relying on communication, networking, storage and computing, which is crucial to establishing an effective and secure Web3. This encourages us to study communication, networking, storage and computing in Web3, as well as the specific requirements of running Web3.

In order to more thoroughly explore the potential of Web 3 and promote its progress, this feature topic will provide a forum for the latest researches, innovations, and applications of Web3, which will bridge the gap between theory and practice in the design of Web3. Prospective authors are invited to submit original articles on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Zero-trust architecture and protocol design for Web3
  • Incentive and consensus mechanisms for Web3
  • Identity Management System for Web3
  • Distributed storage, identifiers, and data verification in Web3
  • Fundamental limits and theoretical guidance for Web3
  • Machine learning, edge computing, metaverse and other emerging technologies for Web3
  • Hardware and infrastructure implementation for Web3
  • Semantic computing and services in Web3
  • Web3 applications
  • Web3 standardizations

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should conform to the standard format as indicated in the Information for Authors section of the Manuscript Submission Guidelines. 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-2213/Web3: Blockchain in Communications” topic from the drop-down menu of Topic/Series titles. Please observe the dates specified here below noting that there will be no extension of submission deadline.

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 1 August 2022
Decision Notification: 15 January 2023
Final Manuscript Due: 1 February 2023
Publication Date: April 2023

Guest Editors

Bin Cao
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China

Zheng Yan
Aalto University, Finland

Mahmoud Daneshmand
Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Xu Xia
China Telecom Research Institute, China