Blockchain and Decentralization for Internet of Things

in Special Issue   Posted on November 2, 2017 

Information for the Special Issue

Special Issue Call for Papers:

The Internet of things (IoT) has been connecting extraordinarily large number of devices to the Internet. Handling the massive amount of data generated by these devices in efficient, secure and economic ways is an essential research question. Current solutions are mostly based on cloud computing infrastructures, which necessitate high-end servers and high-speed networks to provide services related to storage and computation.

However, a cloud-enabled IoT framework manifests a number of significant disadvantages, such as high cloud server maintenance costs, weakness for supporting time-critical IoT applications, security and trust issues, etc., which impede its wide adoption. Therefore, it is essential for research communities to solve these problems associated with the cloud-enabled IoT frameworks and to develop new methods for IoT decentralization. Recently, blockchain is perceived as a promising technique to solve the aforementioned problems and to design new decentralization frameworks for IoT. Nevertheless, there is no consensus towards any schemes or best practices that specify how blockchain should be used in IoT. Employing blockchain mechanisms in IoT is still particularly challenging.

This special issue invites original research that investigates blockchain technologies and decentralization mechanisms for IoT, for examples, key theories, innovative schemes, and significant applications of these techniques. Potential topics include but not limited to the following:

  • Theories of blockchain and distributed systems
  • Smart contract and distributed ledger for IoT devices and data
  • Distributed consensus on resource-limited IoT devices
  • Blockchain schemes for decentralization in IoT
  • Byzantine fault tolerance
  • Security of blockchain and decentralized schemes for IoT
  • Performance evaluation of blockchain and decentralized schemes for IoT
  • IoT applications with blockchain technique
  • Lightweight protocols and algorithms for IoT devices
  • Lightweight data structures for IoT data
  • Blockchain based IoT security solutions
  • Applications of blockchain in IoT scenarios
  • Blockchain and Bitcoin Security
  • Blockchain in social networking
  • Bolckchain in crowdsourcing and crowdsensing


All manuscripts and any supplementary materials should be submitted via the journal’s online submission and peer-review system ( ). All paper processing/reviewing goes through EVISE. Absolutely original, not previously published highest quality papers should be submitted. Please follow the instructions for paper formatting and indicate that the submission is to the special issue of ‘VSI: DecenIoT’. Each paper will go through a rigorous peer-review process by at least three international reviewers.

Important Dates

Paper submission due: February 1st, 2018

Notification of decision: August 1st, 2018

Revision due: September 1st, 2018

Acceptance notification: December 1st, 2018

Approximate publication date: First half of 2019, subject to journal publication schedules

Guest Editors

Dr. Xin Huang, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China

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Dr. Zheng Yan, Xidian University, China and Aalto University, Finland

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Dr. Athanasios V. Vasilakos, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden

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Dr. Laurence T. Yang, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

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