CLOSED: Call for Papers: Special Issue on Blockchain-based Decentralized Applications and Services for Big Data using Cloud Computing

IEEE TBD seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.
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Submissions Due: 30 September 2023

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 30 September 2023

Publication: February 2024

Currently, blockchain technology is used to implement a tamper-proof distributed ledger, which  stores transactions in the form of blocks by computing nodes in a peer-to-peer and decentralized  network. Due to its unique characteristics, blockchain technology is one of the popular choices for many  application areas, such as e-government, healthcare, social networking, insurance, supply chain, land  registry, and many others. Blockchain technology has a lot of potentials to enhance the social and  economic infrastructure of institutions or individuals by guaranteeing security and transparency. A  decentralized system is nothing but an interconnected information system in which there is no sole or  central authority. Decentralized systems are existed and evolved for many years with the expansion of  the Internet to edge devices. Distributed applications and services are going to drive the future internet  vision of smart cities, digital healthcare, Industry 4.0, and many more. 

Many advanced technologies, such as cloud computing, big data, fog computing, healthcare, and  the Internet of Things (IoT), have benefited due to the success of blockchain. In this digital era, cloud  computing and big data are two mainstream technologies used by almost all IT companies. Cloud  computing remotely provides storage and processing capability to users through the Internet virtually.  Here, computing resources are used that are not physically available. Big data refers to large and complex  data sets that grow at increasing rates. Every day a large amount of data or information is produced from  various sources like media, banking, healthcare, IoT, etc. This data is so large in size that traditional data  processing techniques are unable to process them. Among all these sources, IoT as a whole generates  massive amounts of big data, which need to be processed either by fog or cloud computing. Also, these  data need to be stored securely. Here, blockchain technology comes into the picture as it supports  transparency, as well as security. Blockchain technology adds another data processing layer to big data.  This advanced blockchain-based data processing layer provides two main requirements of big data, i.e.,  blockchain-based generated big data is secure, and blockchain-based big data is structured and  transparent. There are many applications of blockchain in big data using cloud computing like data  sharing, data monetization, data security, streamlined data access, and many more. Hence, all these  technologies complement each other in today’s digital world. Blockchain-based decentralized  applications and services are predicted to enable future internet technologies and applications. 

This special issue gives a platform for researchers, academics, and industry professionals to  present their research work on blockchain-based decentralized applications and services for big data  using cloud computing. This special issue aims to address the challenges and issues of using blockchain  technology to design decentralized applications and services in various domains. Theoretical, as well as  experimental research works, on the following topics (but are not limited to) are within the scope of this  special issue:

Topic areas include but are not limited to, the following:

  •  Novel architectures of blockchain-based decentralized applications for big data
  • Security challenges and solutions of big data using decentralized applications
  • Blockchain-driven decentralized services and applications for big data
  • Access control in decentralized applications for big data using cloud computing
  • Detecting malicious smart contracts in decentralized applications over cloud environments
  • Cloud/edge/fog/big data management protocols by using blockchain
  • Distributed consensus mechanisms for big data
  • Security and privacy issues with blockchain for IoT
  • Smart orchestration and self-adaptive resource provision of big data using cloud computing ∙ Software tools, platforms, and frameworks for decentralized applications and services
  • Improving transparency of big data using blockchain technology

Submission Guidelines

For author information and guidelines on submission criteria, please visit the TBD’s Author Information page. Please submit papers through the ScholarOne system, and be sure to select the special-issue name. Manuscripts should not be published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Please submit only full papers intended for review, not abstracts, to the ScholarOne portal.


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