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Call for Papers

Journal title: Cluster Computing

 Recent Advances in Blockchain for IoT: Architectures, Design, and Applications


Aims and Scope:

Internet of Things (IoT) has seen a massive adoption in recent years, with strong potential and applicability in many domains, sectors, and industries. One major problem of today’s real-world IoT eco-systems is centralization in terms of management, control, and access. Centralization can be a source of failure, high cost, and more importantly, bureaucracy, mistrust, and privacy evasion. Blockchain is a decentralized, distributed ledger that promises to overcome almost all of the decentralization problems. A blockchain is a technology for recording transactions in a timely-sequenced manner, and with high integrity, resiliency, and reliability guaranteed by the thousands of mining nodes. Blockchain has a great potential to create new foundations for most distributed systems by efficiently establishing trust among nodes. According to International Data Corporation’s report, many businesses and governments have been moving aggressively in adopting blockchain-based systems or related applications, with $2.1 billion spent globally during 2018. However, today’s blockchain designs and implementations have known limitations such as scalability, security, privacy, efficiency, availability and dependability. All of these pressing challenges need to be overcome for a sound integration of blockchain and IoT.


This special Issue focuses on research and development of blockchain-enabled IoT. Researchers are invited to contribute high quality articles on the latest advances related to improving and solving key challenges within blockchain and IoT, including fundamental understanding, infrastructure, architecture, applications, and algorithms to improve the overall performance, scalability, privacy, and security. We also encourage researchers to submit articles sharing experiences on the application and use of blockchain to solve problems IoT deployment.


Topics: Both original practical work and review articles are welcome. Topics of interest include but not limited to:

       Blockchain-based IoT, fog, cloud, and mobile devices

       Cross-blockchain IoT ecosystems

       Performance Evaluation of Blockchain in IoT

       Blockchain marketplaces for IoT Computation, Analytics, and Storage

       Consensus mechanisms

       Scalability and performance

       Auditable Blockchain IoT

       Identity and reputation management

       Auditability and traceability

       Distributed storage in blockchain

       Blockchain PaaS

       Applications for smart cities, governments, and manufacturing

       Blockchain for industrial IoT

       Blockchain for Internet of Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

       Blockchain for Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)

       Blockchain in supply chain management

       Blockchain for Autuonoums Vehicles

       Blockchain for auditable systems

       Simulation and performance evaluation techniques

       Supporting architecture for blockchain

       Experience study of deployment of blockchain and IoT

       Consortium governance and ownership models

       Privacy and security of blockchain


Submission Guidelines:

Papers must be tailored to the emerging fields of IoT and Blockchain, and explicitly consider recent advancements and novel tools and techniques for Blockchain IoT. The guest editors maintain the right to reject papers they deem to be out of scope of this special issue. Only originally unpublished contributions and invited articles will be considered for this special issue. The papers should be formatted according to the Cluster Computing guidelines (https://link.springer.com/journal/10586). Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete manuscript via Editorial Manager submission site at (https://www.editorialmanager.com/clus/default.aspx) and choose “S.I.: Blockchain for IoT”.


Important Dates:

- Submission deadline: 01/Sept./2019

- Author Notification: 01/Nov./2019

- Final Manuscript: 01/Dec./2019

- Publication: Q4-2019


Guest Editors

Dr. Moayad Aloqaily, Gnowit Inc., Ottawa, ON, Canada.

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Dr. Lewis Tseng, Boston College, US.

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Dr. Khaled Salah, Khalifa University

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Best Regards
Moayad Aloqaily, PhD, P.Eng.
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