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ACM Transactions on Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice

Special Issue on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) for Beyond 5G Systems

Guest Editors:
• Prof. Andrei Gurtov, Linköping University, Sweden
• Prof. Giancarlo Fortino, University of Calabria, Italy
• Prof. Salil Kanhere, University of New South Wales, Australia
• Asst. Prof. Madhusanka Liyanage, University College Dublin, Ireland


The next generations of mobile networks, 5G which is undergoing the 
phase of deployment and 6G which is in its very early stage and is 
limited to research space, are going to be highly capable networks in 
terms of super-high data rate, huge traffic volume, hyper connectivity, 
ultra-low latency, massive heterogeneous applications. To fulfil these 
expectations research communities and telecommunication standarization 
bodies are working towards making the next generation of networks 
sofwarized, virtualized, cloudified and edgified. Some of the 
interesting anticipated uses case of future softwarized networks are 
(Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), and MR (Mixed Reality) 
applications, M2M type applications, 3D holographic imaging, 5D 
communications (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste), smart clothing 
and wearables, fully autonomous (Level-5) vehicles. Another set of use 
cases come with integration of IoT with future networks which are 
Industrial internet, healthcare, smart-energy, smart-cities, 
smart-agriculture, smart-home etc., With the roll-out of such new 
services there will be pressing need of high security, enhanced 
scalability, optimal utilization of network resources, efficient energy 
management and low operational cost. Moreover, the increasing number of 
connected devices and new services will result in increasing demand of 
capacity. Thus, ensuring secure connectivity and secure data sharing for 
this expected traffic growth is vital. Although the existing security 
architectures so far are able to provide a sufficient level of security, 
however, they are suffering from impediments such as limited 
scalability, over utilization of network resources (leading to increased 
network-level delay & congestion) and high operational cost, mainly due 
to the complex and static security management procedures.

To reconcile the pertinent issues blockchain/DLT technologies, featured 
with decentralization, cryptographic techniques and consensus-driven 
mechanism, can be leveraged. Also, the combination of cryptographic 
processes behind it can offer an intriguing alternative. Though still in 
infancy, blockchain technology is turning out to be disruptive by 
proving its efficacy. The distributed nature of blockchain allows 
industrial entities and various 5G/6G enabled IoT data users to access 
and supply IoT data from and to peers respectively thereby omitting the 
need of centralized operations and management. Moreover, the 
stakeholders of the 5G ecosystem can verify the veracity of each 
transaction and thus brings-in accountability, auditability, along with 
provenance and non-repudiation for every user. To summarize, it is worth 
exploring the role of blockchain in the realm of softwarized networks 
along with the different use cases, opportunities and challenges.

Researchers and engineers from academia and industry are invited to 
submit their recent results and innovations. The list of topics 
includes, but is not restricted to the following topics:
• Blockchain and DLT oriented B5G networks infrastructure
• Novel theoretical concepts and applications of blockchain for 5G/6G 
• High performance blockchain/DLT architecture for B5G networks
• Ultra-Low latency blockchain/DLT architecture for B5G networks
• Experimental evaluations of blockchain/DLT-based B5G applications
• New consensus protocols for B5G networks
• Quantum resistant Security, privacy, and trust models for B5G 
blockchain/DLT systems
• Blockchain/DLT based security frameworks for 5G/6G networks
• Formal methods and modeling of blockchain/DLT enabled B5G use cases
• Scalable services for blockchain/DLT enabled B5G networks
• Service-oriented blockchain IoT and cyber-physical systems
• Mobile edge computing and Network Slicing for Blockchain/DLT empowered 
B5G networks
• Blockchain/DLT based resource and spectrum management for B5G networks
• AL enables Blockchain/DLT for B5G networks
• Testbeds and debugging tools related to blockchain for 5G/6G
• New opportunities, challenges, case studies, and applications for 
blockchain/DLT in B5G networks

Important Dates
• Submissions deadline: September 15, 2022
• First-round review decisions: December 15, 2022
• Deadline for revision submissions: February 15, 2023
• Notification of final decisions: April 15, 2023
• Tentative publication: Quarter 2 or 3, 2023

Submission Information
Submissions should be made via https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dlt. 
Please select the “Special Issue on
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) for Beyond 5G Systems” as the paper 

Further detail about each category of contributions, as well as the 
author guidelines, can be found at
For questions and further information, please contact [log in to unmask]

Andrei Gurtov, PhD, ACM Distinguished Scientist
Professor, LiU, Sweden
Chair, IEEE Sweden



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