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Blockchain Consensus 2021 : Blockchain Consensus Protocols


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Submission Deadline Jan 31, 2021
Notification Due Apr 1, 2021
Final Version Due Aug 1, 2021
Categories    blockchain   consensus   distributed computing   algorithms

Call For Papers

Call for Papers
Elsevier Journal of Computer Networks, special issue on Blockchain Consensus

David Hyland-Wood and Sandra Johnson announce a Call for Papers for a special issue of the Journal of Computer Networks to be entitled Blockchain Consensus Algorithms.

Paper submissions will be via Elsevier's Editorial Manager (EM). A submission link is provided below.


Blockchain Consensus Algorithms
A special issue of the Journal of Computer Networks guest-edited by David Hyland-Wood and Sandra Johnson

I. Background

Blockchain Consensus Algorithms is a special issue of the Journal of Computer networks, covering the properties, trade-offs, and uses of blockchain consensus algorithms. A blockchain is a distributed and decentralised computer network, with a new block being added to the communal state when the participating nodes come to consensus. The mechanism for reaching consensus is via consensus algorithms. More than eighty-four blockchain consensus algorithms have been publicly proposed to date, and that number continues to grow.

Consensus algorithms are typically designed to target major concerns and vulnerabilities, which lead to a natural categorisation. Important design considerations include the degree to which the blockchain is decentralised in terms of ownership and management, the scalability of its transaction throughput rate, and its security against attackers capable of controlling a number of participating nodes.

The inclusion of new algorithmic designs and research into cross-blockchain communication protocols highlight the importance of understanding design tradeoffs. New algorithms illustrate the ever-changing landscape of application areas. Cross-blockchain protocols will be necessary to allow value transfers, cooperative computation, and coordination of state between competing blockchains.

Blockchain Consensus Algorithms is intended to provide both practical and theoretical approaches to addressing common information management issues by application of leading edge research and industry experience. Papers cover a wide range of topical issues in consensus algorithm design and application, including costs and benefits of choosing algorithms and the blockchains that implement them. The choice of consensus algorithm has a considerable impact on the fit-for-purpose of a particular blockchain to a particular application requirement. The many consensus algorithms available highlight the fact that there is no silver bullet appropriate for all needs.

II. Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Innovations in consensus algorithms
- Handling information uncertainty in consensus algorithms
- Handling communications disruption and/or latency in consensus algorithms
- Trust, reputation and distributed consensus
- Privacy management in consensus algorithms
- Formal verification and validation of consensus algorithms
- Formal methods analysis of consensus algorithms
- Legal and economic aspects of consensus algorithm choice

III. Publisher

Elsevier publishes the Journal of Computer Networks. This special issue is expected to be published in late 2021.

IV. Submission

Full papers of 15-20 pages are due by 31 January 2021.

The Elsevier Editorial Manager (EM) submission platform for the special issue “Blockchain Consensus Protocols” is now open and authors can now proceed in submitting the papers to this special issue. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue you are editing, it is important that authors select “VSI: Blockchain Consensus” when you reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

Please use this link to submit your papers:

All submissions will undergo peer review by at least two independent reviewers in addition to the guest editors.

V. Format

There is no specific LaTeX template for the Journal as the manuscript, once accepted, is typeset based on the Journal style. Authors just have to follow the guidelines in the Guide for Authors and submit their manuscript.

Authors preparing manuscripts using the Latex format should see:

Please see the Elsevier Guide for Authors:

VI. Important Dates

Call for Papers: 27 October 2020
First submission deadline: 31 January 2021
First review completed: 1 April 2021
Revised manuscripts: 1 June 2021
Review & revision completion: 1 August 2021

Enquiries should be sent by electronic mail to: CC to and

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