Call For Papers

Concurrency And Computation: Practice And Experience (Wiley)

Special Issue On "DLTs, Blockchains And Cryptocurrencies For Distributed Systems"

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2020 (EXTENDED)



The Internet is evolving into a new multi-factor paradigm based around smart systems, Internet of Things, new distributed data structures (e.g. blockchains and distributed ledgers in general) and digital assets (e.g. cryptocurrencies). In the next few years, these technologies will converge and interact, fostering novel services, business models and applications. Indeed, the blockchain, and all the novel Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) in general, can provide an automated and secure transaction infrastructure for next generation Internet of Things (IoT), mobile and smart systems while the voluntary user participation to the mining of cryptocurrencies could permit the development of new distributed services (i.e. offering an alternative to the advertisement-based revenue system used by most of the “free services” that are currently available). This special issue seeks to explore recent trends and new challenges posed by the novel techniques, methodologies and applications that are based on Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) and blockchain infrastructures. The goal is to promote discussion on theory, progresses, development, deployment and on the practical usage of cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, smart contracts, DLTs, etc. We are interested both in innovative works in an unexplored and/or emerging topic in the broad area of distributed systems (e.g., mobile systems, devices and applications, vehicular and robotic systems, IoT), and in novel findings and/or new insights that build on existing works.

The specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:  

- All kind of blockchain based distributed systems

- Distributed (smart) systems relying on cryptocurrencies and smart contracts

- DLTs and the Internet of Things (IoT)

- Blockchain and mobile systems

- Blockchain and DLT based mobile ad-hoc networks

- Blockchain and DLT based intelligent vehicular coordination

- Vehicular services based on cryptocurrencies and blockchain

- Blockchain solutions for automotive

- Use of blockchain to support mobile smart services and applications

- Blockchain in crowdsourcing and crowdsensing

- Blockchain in 5G

- Blockchain in edge and cloud computing

- Use of blockchain and DLTs in Smart Cities

- Blockchain schemes for decentralization

- Blockchain-inspired or alternative byzantine fault tolerance

- Performance optimization of blockchain and decentralized schemes

- Use of blockchain in healthcare applications

- Blockchains’ energy consumption issues

- Security related issues in cryptocurrencies and blockchain

- Simulation of blockchains

- Use of blockchain in distributed simulation

- Use of cryptocurrencies in public volunteer computing

- Cryptocurrencies and blockchain usage in online gaming architectures and digital virtual environments

- Multi-Agent Systems for modelling the usage of cryptocurrencies

- Decentralized (mobile) processing, computing, and storage infrastructure

- Testing mechanisms to increase interoperability, robustness, stability, and confidence in blockchain (mobile) systems



- This call is open for all contributions​, but also invites selected papers ​from the CryBlock2020 workshop​

- Submit your paper to Manuscript central as "Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains for Distributed Systems" special issue

- Submissions should be prepared for publication according to the journal submission guidelines

- The submitted papers must have at least 50% different material beyond the conference original papers or any other previously published work

- Please feel free to contact the Guest Editors for any questions



- Manuscript submission deadline: December 31, 2020 (EXTENDED)

- Manuscript reviews to authors: February 28, 2021

- Manuscript revision due: April 30, 2021

- Final notification of acceptance: June 30, 2021

- Final manuscript submission deadline: July 31, 2021



Dr. Gabriele D'Angelo 

Department of Computer Science and Engineering 

University of Bologna


Prof. Stefano Ferretti

Department of Pure and Applied Sciences 

University of Urbino


Prof. Stefano Ferretti, Ph.D.
Department of Pure and Applied Sciences - University of Urbino
Piazza della Repubblica 13, 61029 Urbino, Italy