Authentication, Identification and Identity Management Techniques in Blockchain

in Special Issue   Posted on June 15, 2019 

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Sun 05 Jan 2020
Journal Impact Factor : 3.997
Journal Name : Future Generation Computer Systems
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

Users are often not in control over their personal identifiable information (PII) and digital information is easy to be collected, analyzed and cloned. Hence, PII is subject to be shared without awareness. Lots of massive data breach events show that users\’ PII are often stored in plaintext and privacy issues have been the primary concern of users. Furthermore, in General Data Protection Regulation (DGPR), industries are required to protect users\’ PII and privacy. Compliance and regulations are driving us to develop new identity management systems. Blockchain is a decentralized, distributed and public digital ledger and can be used to record transactions among multiple parities. Hence, blockchain can be potentially used to manage users\’ PII in a decentralized way. However, how to enable users to store their PII on blockchain and use it without privacy breach is challenging. Furthermore, how to realize authentication and identification in decentralized systems is interesting.


The aim of this special issue is to promote research and reflect on authentication, identification and identity management in blockchain, with emphasis on the following aspects, but certainly not limited to:

  • Accountability in blockchain
  • Anonymous credential
  • Authentication in blockchain
  • Anonymity in blockchain
  • Distributed authentication
  • Distributed identification
  • Identity management in smart contract
  • Legal and regulation issues in blockchain
  • Privacy-enhanced techniques
  • Privacy issues in blockchain
  • Pseudonym
  • Ring signature
  • Succinct non-interactive zero-knowledge proofs
  • Zero-knowledge proof

Paper Solicitation

This issue is an open special issue where everyone is encouraged to submit papers. We will solicit papers through two ways: conference and open call-for-papers.

1. Selected Papers from 18th The International Conference on Cryptology and Network Security (CANS 2019)

The International Conference on Cryptology and Network Security (CANS) is a recognized annual conference, focusing on all aspects of cryptology, data, network, and computer security, attracting cutting-edge results from world-renowned scientists in the area.

We plan to select the papers relevant to authentication, identification and identity management in blockchain from the accepted papers based on the reviews (comments and scores) and the presentations during the conferences. Each selected paper must be substantially extended, with at least 30% difference from its conference version.

2. Open Call-For-Papers

We also plan to publicize an open call-for-papers (CFP) by listing the CFP in major academic announcement mailing lists/websites and by sending the CFP to researchers in the areas around the world. We estimate there will be a number of submissions via the open call-for-papers. Then, we plan to select another a few papers from the submissions.

Each paper (including the selected papers from the conference) will go through a rigorous peer-review process by knowledgeable researchers. In total, we plan to include about 8-10 papers in this special issue. The acceptance rate will be fairly low but we regard quality as our top priority.

Proposed Guest Editors

Prof. Liqun Chen, [email protected]

Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey, UK

Dr. Jinguang Han, E-mail: [email protected]

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen\’s University Belfast, UK

Prof. Yi Mu, E-mail: [email protected]

College of Mathematics and Informatics, Fujian Normal University, China

Important Dates

Submission Due January 5th, 2020

1st Round Notification April 5th, 2020

1st Revision May 5th, 2020

2nd Round Notification August 5th, 2020

2nd Revision September 5th, 2020

Final Notification (expected) November 5th, 2020

Potential Reviewers

Potential reviewers are the international experts in the research area that will be mainly selected from

the CANS 2019 program committee.

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