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ICBC 2021 : 2021 International Conference on Blockchain-Special Track


When Dec 10, 2021 - Dec 14, 2021
Where Online and Satellite Sessions
Submission Deadline Oct 3, 2021
Notification Due Oct 2, 2021
Final Version Due Oct 21, 2021
Categories    blockchain standard design   blockchain and big data   blockchain and internet of thi   blockchain and next generation

Call For Papers

ICBC 2021 Call for Papers-Special Track

2021 International Conference on Blockchain (ICBC 2021,

Theme: Blockchain for Digital Transformation


ICBC 2021 program committee invites you to participate in 2021 edition of ICBC, to be held on September 18 - 22 online and Satellite Sessions.

From the invention of blockchain (BC) concepts in 2008, with the development of distributed data storage, point-to-point transmission, consensus mechanism, encryption algorithm and so on, the blockchain technology has been paid more and more attentions by all countries. At present, the application of blockchain has been extended from the financial field to the Internet of Things, intelligent manufacturing, supply chain management, and many other fields. The blockchain is creating a new technological innovation and industrial change on a global scale. We indeed need creative thinking, long-term visions, and innovative methodologies to respond to such a change. The first International Conference on Blockchain (ICBC 2018) was created in 2018 to promote research and application innovations around the world in the field of blockchain. Part of the SCF 2018, ICBC 2018 was successfully held on June 25 - June 30, 2018, Seattle, USA. Part of the SCF 2019, ICBC 2019 was successfully held on June 25 - 30, 2019, San Diego, USA. Part of the SCF 2020, ICBC 2020 was successfully held on September 18 - 20, 2020 over the Internet. In 2021, we will celebrate our 2021 version of gathering, to strive to advance the largest international professional forum on blockchain.

ICBC 2021 is a member of Services Conference Federation (SCF). SCF 2021 will have the following 10 collocated service-oriented sister conferences: 2021 International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2021), 2021 International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD 2021), 2021 International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2021), 2021 International Conference on Big Data (BigData 2021), 2021 International Conference on AI & Mobile Services (AIMS 2021), and 2021 World Congress on Services (SERVICES 2021), 2021 International Conference on Internet of Things (ICIOT 2021), 2021 International Conference on Cognitive Computing (ICCC 2021), 2021 International Conference on Edge Computing (EDGE 2021), and 2021 International Conference on Blockchain (ICBC 2021). The 10 co-located theme topic conferences will all center around "services," while each focusing on exploring different themes (web-based services, cloud-based services, Big Data-based services, services innovation lifecycle, AI-driven ubiquitous services, and industry-specific services as well as emerging service-oriented technologies).

ICBC 2021 covers state-of-the-art technologies and best practices of blockchain, as well as emerging standards and research topics which would define the future of blockchain. Topics of interest to include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Development Platforms for Blockchain
- Fundamental Research for Blockchain
- Blockchain Standard Design
- Blockchain and Cloud Computing
- Blockchain and Big Data
- Blockchain and Internet of Things
- Blockchain and Next Generation Internet
- Blockchain and Encryption Algorithm
- Blockchain Platforms for Applications
- Blockchain Application Reference Architectures and Instances
- Blockchain Application in Financial Services: Digital currency, Asset digitization, Smart securities
- Blockchain Application in Social Management: Digital Identity, Public Utilities, Public welfare, Government management
- Blockchain Application in Supply Chain Management: Anti-fake and Traceability, Smart contract, Logistics management
- Blockchain Application in Enterprise Management: Financial Management, Business management process, Data management
- Blockchain Application in Intelligent Manufacturing: Industrial Internet of Things, Intelligent manufacture and management
- Blockchain Application in Personal Service: Copyright protection, Legal service, Education service
- Other Block Chain Applications and Solutions
- Blockchain business models and innovations

All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 program committee members. Accepted and presented papers from all ICBC tracks will appear in the conference proceedings.

Submitted Research Track and Application Track manuscripts will be limited to 15 (LNCS Proceedings style) pages and REQUIRED to be formatted using the LNCS Proceedings template (WORD, Latex). Submitted Short Paper track manuscripts will be limited to 8 (LNCS Proceedings style) pages. The authors can extend a maximum of 2 pages for each paper but will have to pay extra fees for each extra page. Unformatted papers and papers beyond the maximum page limit may not be reviewed. Electronic submission of manuscripts (in PDF or Word format) is required. Detailed instructions for electronic paper preparation and submission, panel proposals, tutorial proposals, workshop proposals, and review process can be found at

The Proceedings of ICBC 2021 will be published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) by Springer International Publishing AG. Currently the Abstracting and Indexing services covered by Springer's data feeds for LNCS proceedings include ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index (included in Web of Science), Engineering Index EI (Compendex and Inspec databases), DBLP, Google Scholar, IO-Port, MathSciNet, Scopus, and ZBlMath. For all 10 collocated conferences of SCF 2021, the content of this proceedings volume will be made freely accessible to anyone in the Springer's digital library after four years upon publication.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register to the conference and present the paper. One Best Paper award and one Best Student Paper award will be granted at ICBC 2021. The first author of the best student paper must be a full-time student. The Best Paper Awards will be sponsored by Springer, which is a leading global scientific, technical and medical portfolio, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content through innovative information, products and services.

Manuscripts submitted to the Research Track focusing on application or solution descriptions may be recommended to the Application Track or other tracks for further consideration if the session slots are available.

Author Guidelines and Templates
SCF 2021 Guidelines & copyright forms

Guidelines for proceedings authors (pdf)
LNCS Copyright Form (pdf, 61kb)
SCF 2021 Templates, sample files & useful links

LaTeX2e Proceedings Templates (zip)
Microsoft Word Proceedings Templates (zip)
Microsoft Word 2003 Proceedings Templates (zip, 229kb)
Your ORCID identifier

Important Dates:
Special track paper submission due: October 3, 2021
Review comments to Special track paper submission: October 20, 2021
Special track notification to authors: October 21, 2021
Camera ready manuscripts due: October 26, 2021
Conference dates: December 10 - 14, 2021

Submission System

Please submit all the track papers to Submission part (

SCF Policy

Review Policy

SCF Policy and professional ethics require that referees treat the contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be disclosed to others before publication. It is expected that no one with access to a paper under review will make any inappropriate use of the special knowledge, which that access provides. Contents of abstracts submitted to conference program committees should be regarded as privileged as well, and handled in the same manner. The Conference Publications Chair shall ensure that referees adhere to this practice.

Organizers of SCF conferences are expected to provide an appropriate forum for the oral presentation and discussion of all accepted papers. An author, in offering a paper for presentation at a SCF conference, or accepting an invitation to present a paper, is expected to be present at the meeting to deliver the paper. In the event that circumstances unknown at the time of submission of a paper preclude its presentation by an author, the program chair should be informed on time, and appropriate substitute arrangements should be made. In some cases it may help reduce no-shows for the Conference to require advance registration together with the submission of the final manuscript.

About the Services Society

The Services Society (S2) is a non-profit professional organization that has been created to promote worldwide research and technical collaboration in services innovations among academia and industrial professionals. Its members are volunteers from industry and academia with common interests. S2 is registered in the USA as a "501(c) organization", which means that it is an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization. S2 collaborates with other professional organizations to sponsor or co-sponsor conferences and to promote an effective services curriculum in colleges and universities. The S2 initiates and promotes a "Services University" program worldwide to bridge the gap between industrial needs and university instruction. The Services Society has formed 10 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to support technology and domain specific professional activities.

SCF As A Platform

As the founding member of the Services Conference Federation (SCF), the first International Conference on Web Services (ICWS) was held in June 2003 in Las Vegas, USA. Meanwhile, the First International Conference on Web Services - Europe 2003 (ICWS-Europe'03) was held in Germany in Oct, 2003. ICWS-Europe'03 is an extended event of the 2003 International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2003) in Europe. In 2004, ICWS-Europe was changed to the European Conference on Web Services (ECOWS), which was held at Erfurt, Germany. SCF 2019 was held successfully in San Diego, USA. In 2020, SCF was held as a fully virtual conference affected by the world-wide corona virus emergency. To celebrate its 19-year-old birthday, SCF 2021 will be held on September 18 - 22, 2021 online and Satellite Sessions.

The past 18 years, ICWS community has been expanded from Web engineering innovations to scientific research for the whole services industry. The service delivery platforms have been expanded to mobile platforms, Internet of Things, cloud computing, and edge computing. The services ecosystem is gradually enabled, value added, and intelligence embedded through enabling technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, and cognitive computing. In the coming years, all the transactions with multiple parties involved will be transformed to blockchain.

Based on the technology trends and best practices in the field, the Services Conference Federation (SCF) will continue serving as the conference umbrella's code name for all services-related conferences. SCF 2021 defines the future of New ABCDE (AI, Blockchain, Cloud, BigData & IOT) and Digital Transformation. We are very proud to announce that SCF 2021's 10 co-located theme topic conferences will all center around "services", while each focusing on exploring different themes (web-based services, cloud-based services, Big Data-based services, services innovation lifecycle, AI-driven ubiquitous services, blockchain driven trust service-ecosystems, industry-specific services and applications, and emerging service-oriented technologies).

SCF 2021 Highlights:

- Bigger Platform: The 10 collocated conferences (SCF 2021) get sponsorship from the Services Society which is the world-leading not-for-profits organization (501 c(3)) dedicated for serving more than 30,000 worldwide Services Computing researchers and practitioners. Bigger platform means bigger opportunities to all volunteers, authors and participants. Meanwhile, Springer provides sponsorship to best paper awards and other professional activities. All the 10 conference proceedings of SCF 2021 will be published by Springer and indexed in ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index (included in Web of Science), Engineering Index EI (Compendex and Inspec databases), DBLP, Google Scholar, IO-Port, MathSciNet, Scopus, and ZBlMath.

- Brighter Future: While celebrating 2021 version of ICWS, SCF 2021 highlights the 4th International Conference on Blockchain (ICBC 2021) to build the fundamental infrastructure for enabling secure and trusted services ecosystems. It will also lead our community members to create their own brighter future.

- Better Model: SCF 2021 will continue to leverage the invented Conference Blockchain Model (CBM) to innovate the organizing practices for all the 10 theme conferences. Senior researchers in the field are welcome to submit proposals to serve as CBM Ambassador for an individual conference to start better interactions during your leadership practices for organizing SCF 2021.

Look forward to your great contributions as a volunteer, author, and conference participant for the fast-growing worldwide services innovations community. If you would like to contribute to SCF 2021 as a leading volunteer or try the new Conference Blockchain Model. For other queries or questions, please feel free to visit our conference web sites and find contact information on SCF 2021.

See you all on September 18 - 22, 2021 online and Satellite Sessions.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or queries on ICBC 2021, please send email to icbc AT ServicesSociety DOT org.


Please join the Services Society - Global Services Computing Community as a member at for FREE. You can get access to the online community portal that supports community members to post messages, ask questions, answer questions, access online presentations by SCF 365 and conduct discussions, gain reputation scores, and grow membership grades (Member, Senior Member, Distinguished Member, Fellow, and Member of National Academy of Services (NASV)). Services Token Framework (Digital Currency) has been created for awarding Global Services Computing Community members for proactively participating in SCF as an organizing committee member, an author, a program committee member, a reviewer, a presenter, a conference participant, and a session chair as well as interacting with online community members through knowledge sharing. The Services Token can be used to redeem conference registration fees for SCF 2021. The goal of Services Society (S2) is to foster Building the Modern Services Industry through Services Computing technologies and business innovations.

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