Blockchain-Enabled Trustworthy Systems

Submission Deadline: 01 April 2020

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Blockchain-Enabled Trustworthy Systems.

We are enjoying the benefits brought about by the accelerated development of computing systems and Internet. However, we are also suffering from a number of security and privacy vulnerabilities caused by the increasing system complexity, heterogeneity, dynamicity and decentralized nature. These security and privacy vulnerabilities may prevent the wide adoption of Information and communications technology (ICT) technologies. Therefore, trust management has become a crucial aspect in developing trustworthy systems with the preservation of security and privacy.

From the Oxford dictionary, the term blockchain is defined as “A system in which a record of transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network.” The recent advances in blockchain technologies bring opportunities to fully realize trustworthy systems. In particular, blockchain technologies can enable anonymous and trustful transactions in decentralized and trustless environments. As a result, blockchain-enabled trust management can help to reduce system risks, mitigate financial fraud and cut down operational cost of computing systems. Blockchain-enabled trustworthy systems can apply to diverse areas, such as financial services, social management, internet of things and supply chain management. Therefore, blockchains can potentially enable trustworthy systems, though there are a number of research issues to be solved before the formal adoption of blockchains to trustworthy systems.

This Special Section of IEEE Access will solicit high-quality, original contributions.  The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories and algorithms for blockchain-enabled trust management
  • Scalability and fault tolerance mechanisms for trustworthy systems
  • Platform development for blockchain-enabled trustworthy systems
  • Smart contracts for blockchain-enabled trust management and trustworthy systems
  • Security, privacy, safety, and risk management for trustworthy systems
  • Blockchain-based trustworthy applications
  • Security, privacy and trust for blockchain
  • Blockchain for trusted social management
  • Blockchain for big data in trustworthy systems
  • Blockchain for trusted service computing
  • Blockchain for trusted industrial systems
  • Blockchain for trusted cloud computing
  • Blockchain for trusted Internet of Things
  • Algorithms, architecture, framework, design patterns and techniques for trustworthy systems
  • Metrics and measurement for trustworthy systems
  • Quality assurance, maintenance and reverse engineering for trustworthy systems
  • Verification, validation, testing, and analysis for trustworthy systems
  • Communication, networking, optimization, and performance for trustworthy systems
  • Empirical studies, benchmarking, and industrial best practices for trustworthy systems
  • Service-based trustworthy systems
  • Other emerging ideas and solutions for blockchain and trustworthy systems.

We also highly recommend the submission of multimedia with each article as it significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.


Associate Editor: Hong-Ning Dai, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau

Guest Editors:

    1. Sabita Maharjan, Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering, Norway
    2. Zibin Zheng, Sun Yat-sen University, China
    3. Patrick C. K. Hung, Ontario Tech University, Canada
    4. Quanqing Xu, Ant Financial Services Group and Blockchain lab, DAMO Academy, China
    5. Wen Sun, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Research Challenges and Opportunities in Security and Privacy of Blockchain Technologies
  2. Internet-of-Things (IoT) Big Data Trust Management
  3. Security and Trusted Computing for Industrial Internet of Things

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
  Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

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