CLOSED Call for Papers: IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing Special Section on Scalable Computing for Blockchain Systems

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Submissions Due: 1 December 2019

Important Submission Information

Schedule (tentative):

  • deadline for submissions: CLOSED
  • first decision (accept/reject/revise): 15 March 2020
  • submission of revised papers: 15 June 2020
  • notification of final decision: 15 August 2020
  • publication: First half of 2021

Guest Editors (

Hong-Ning Dai (, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau (IEEE Senior Member)

Zibin Zheng (, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China (IEEE Senior Member)

Yan Zhang (, University of Oslo, Norway (IEEE Senior Member)

Michael Rung Tsong Lyu (, Hong Kong (IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow)

Corresponding TETC Editor: Alberto Nannarelli, Technical University of Denmark


Authors are invited to submit a manuscript to the special section on Scalable Computing for Blockchain Systems. Relevant topics of interest to this special section must be centered to emerging blockchain computing systems and related implementations, and include (but are not limited to):

  • Scalable consensus algorithm
  • Computational-efficient consensus algorithm
  • Energy-efficient consensus algorithm
  • Performance evaluation and modeling
  • Lightweight blockchain structures to improve the system scalability
  • Scalable blockchain systems with cloud and mobile edge computing scheme
  • Content-centric solutions to improve the system scalability
  • Scalable smart contract
  • Future challenges and applications in scalable blockchain systems

Submitted papers must include new significant research-based technical contributions in the scope of the journal. Purely theoretical, technological, or lacking methodological-and-generality papers are not suitable to this special issue. The submissions must include clear evaluations of the proposed solutions (based on simulation and/or implementations results) and comparisons to state-of-the-art solutions. For additional information, please contact the Guest Editors by sending an email exclusively to

Papers under review elsewhere are not acceptable for submission. Extended versions of published conference papers (to be included as part of the submission together with a summary of differences) are welcome but there must have at least 40% of new impacting technical/scientific material in the submitted journal version and there should be less than 50% verbatim similarity level as reported by a tool (such as CrossRef). Guidelines concerning the submission process, LaTeX, and Word templates can be found at While submitting through ScholarOne at please select the option “Special Section on Scalable Computing for Blockchain Systems.”

As per TETC policies, only full-length papers (10-16 pages with technical material, double column; papers beyond 12 pages will be subject to MOPC, as per CS policies) can be submitted to special sections. The bibliography should not exceed 45 items and each author’s bio should not exceed 150 words.

Guest Editor Bios

Hong-Ning Dai (M05, SM16) is an associate professor in Faculty of Information Technology at Macau University of Science and Technology. He obtained the PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2008. His research interests include Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, and Blockchain. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in top-tier journals and conferences, including ACM Computing Surveys, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, ACM/Springer Wireless Networks, and IEEE INFOCOM. He has 1 ESI highly cited paper awarded by Clarivate Analytics. He is also the holder of 1 US patent. Due to his outstanding research performance, he was awarded with BOC Excellent Research Award of Macau University of Science and Technology in 2015. Hong-Ning has served as a guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and is an associate editor of IEEE Access. He has also served as TPC co-chair of the 2019 International Conference on Blockchain and Trustworthy Systems.

Zibin Zheng (M09, SM16) is currently a professor with the School of Data and Computer Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. His research interests include service computing, cloud computing, and blockchain. He obtained the PhD in computer science and engineering in the Chinese University of Hong in 2011. He also received the Outstanding PhD Thesis Award of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering Distinguished Paper Award at the International Conference on Science and Engineering in 2010, the Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Web Services in 2010, and the IBM PhD Fellowship Award in 2010. He served as program committee (PC) member of the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing, the International Conference on Web Services, the International Conference on Service Computing (SCC), the International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing, and the International Symposium on Service-Oriented System Engineering (SOSE).

Yan Zhang (M05, SM10) is a Full Professor at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway. He received a PhD degree in School of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2004. He is an Associate Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, an Editor of IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, an Editor of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Access. He has served as chair for a number of conferences, including IEEE GLOBECOM 2017, IEEE VTC-Spring 2017, IEEE PIMRC 2016, IEEE CloudCom 2016, IEEE ICCC 2016, IEEE CCNC 2016, IEEE SmartGridComm 2015, and IEEE CloudCom 2015. He serves as TPC member for numerous international conferences including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, and IEEE WCNC. His current research interests include next-generation wireless networks leading to 5G, green and secure cyber-physical systems (smart grid, healthcare, and transport). He is an IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Lecturer. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE, IEEE ComSoc, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE PES, and IEEE VT Society. He is a Fellow of IET. He received the award 2018 “Highly Cited Researcher” (top 1% by citations) according to Clarivate Analytics.

Michael Rung Tsong, Lyu (M88, SM97, F04) is currently a professor in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received the BS degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1981; the MS degree in computer engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1985; and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988. His research interests include software reliability engineering, distributed systems, fault-tolerant computing, and machine learning. Dr. Lyu is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, an AAAS Fellow, and a Croucher Senior Research Fellow for his contributions to software reliability engineering and software fault tolerance.