Distributed ledger technologies (DLT), of which blockchain is a popular example, are increasingly becoming an integral feature of many modern systems. While cryptocurrencies are a common motivating example, and they drive systems such as Bitcoin, DLT has many other uses across industries including health care, supply chain, IoT, and finance. One of the key concepts that make DLT appealing is the ability for large-scale systems that do not trust each other to reach consensus and share a commonly verifiable ledger, in order to track resources, changes to system-wide data, and other artifacts. Cryptocurrencies are one type of resource that can be tracked, but DLT has been used for energy, pharmaceuticals, and many other domains.
This special issue of IEEE Internet Computing focuses on DLT, including (but not limited to) blockchain technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Engineering challenges and/or novel designs
• New applications and use cases
• Novel approaches to incentivizing the adoption of DLT
• DLT in home automation and IoT
• DLT pertaining to cybersecurity, scalability, performance, privacy, and/or interoperability
• DLT pertaining to pilots and applications
• DLT pertaining to regulatory challenges and requirements
• DLT pertaining to emerging technologies
Papers with a strong networking component will receive the most consideration, as papers must fall within the general subject area of the magazine. Submissions are due by 5 November 2019, but we request a short description of the manuscript to be emailed to the editors by 15 October. The special issue is scheduled to be published in the May/June 2020 issue.
All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on Internet technologies and implementations. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IEEE Internet Computing’s international readership—primarily, practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and papers which are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to a real-life or engineering application. Manuscripts must be submitted to ScholarOne by the deadline in order to be considered for publication. Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. Accepted papers will be lightly edited for grammar and formatting. To submit a manuscript, create or access an account on ScholarOne.
Please email guest editors Fred Douglis (Perspecta Labs) and Angelos Stavrou (GMU) a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 15 October 2019. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.