Blockchain Technology in Finance

Deadline for submitting abstracts to guest editors (co-0917@computer.org): 20 December 2016
Full paper submission deadline: 1 February 2017 (guest editors will consider articles until this date even if authors didn’t submit an abstract)
Publication date: September 2017

Computer plans a September 2017 special issue on blockchain technology for finance.

Blockchain distributed-database technology is revolutionizing finance. For example, the financial services company R3 is leading a consortium of 50 major companies in blockchain technology R&D to automate interbank functions. Key blockchain applications and technologies are

  • cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin;
  • distributed ledgers, which are distributed databases that keep all transactions in a shared, replicated, synchronized bookkeeping record secured by cryptographic sealing; and
  • smart contracts, which codify legal contracts and automatically execute contract terms and could also codify laws and statutes, a process sometimes called government by algorithm.

Experts now recognize that blockchain technology, originally conceived for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has great potential in other areas — including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy, insurance, and legal services.

For this special issue, Computer seeks submissions covering projects, associated research, in-depth surveys, reviews, and tutorials across blockchain-technology domains, particularly finance. We seek submissions addressing one or more of the following topics:

  • introduction to blockchain technologies;
  • bitcoin and cryptocurrencies;
  • high-performance bitcoin-mining hardware;
  • blockchain network scaling, performance, and distribution;
  • enterprise blockchain platform technology;
  • smart contract program-language notation and verification;
  • blockchain technologies: sensors and mobile technology;
  • the use of blockchain technologies for compliance and compliance monitoring;
  • industry consortiums’ impact on financial services;
  • blockchain smart contracts’ impact on legal services; and
  • blockchain technologies’ impact on fields such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and energy.

Only submissions that describe previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research and that are not currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered. Updates to ongoing research efforts are welcome, as long as the content is at least 50 percent different from published manuscripts, the authors show the guest editors how it differs, and the new document cites the authors’ previous works.

Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer-science and -engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts.

All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer's readership. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style.

Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to submit multimedia, such as a 2- to 4-minute podcast, a video, or an audio or audio/video interview of the authors by an expert in the field, which Computer staff can help facilitate, record, and edit.

Questions?

Please direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors: