Special lssues

Advancing Blockchain Technology: Unveiling the Potential across Various Fields

Submission Deadline: 30 January 2024 (closed)

Guest Editors

Dr. Yuanlong Cao, Jiangxi Normal University, China
Dr. Xun Shao, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
Dr. Su Yao, Tsinghua University, China


Blockchain technology has emerged as a transformative force with the potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries and sectors. It’s decentralized, immutable, and transparent nature opens up possibilities for innovation and disruption in various fields. This proposed special issue aims to explore the latest advancements, challenges, and potential applications of blockchain technology across multiple hot fields. By bringing together cutting-edge research and insights from diverse disciplines, this special issue seeks to shed light on the multidimensional impact of blockchain technology.


Blockchain technology holds immense importance for the future as it offers a decentralized, transparent, and secure framework that has the potential to revolutionize industries, enhance trust in digital transactions, and empower individuals by providing them with control over their data and assets. Despite its immense potential, blockchain technology faces significant bottlenecks in various fields, including scalability limitations, energy consumption concerns, regulatory challenges, interoperability issues, and the need for efficient consensus mechanisms, which require further research and innovation to overcome for widespread adoption.


This special issue aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the potential applications of blockchain technology across a variety of hot fields. It will delve into the latest advancements, challenges, and future directions of blockchain research, facilitating a deeper understanding of the transformative capabilities of this technology. Potential topics are listed as below but not limited to the following:


Topics of Interest:

1) Blockchain-enabled Supply Chain Management:

· Decentralized provenance and traceability in supply chains

· Smart contracts for automated supply chain operations

· Secure and transparent inventory management systems


2) Blockchain in Finance and Cryptocurrency:

· Decentralized finance (DeFi) and its impact on traditional financial systems

· Blockchain-based payment systems and digital currencies

· Tokenization of assets and securities


3) Blockchain and Healthcare:

· Securing medical records and ensuring data privacy

· Improving interoperability and data sharing among healthcare providers

· Blockchain applications in drug supply chain management and clinical trials


4) Blockchain for IoT (Internet of Things):

· Decentralized and secure data exchange in IoT networks

· Blockchain-based identity and authentication in IoT devices

· Smart contracts for automated transactions and device coordination


5) Blockchain and Energy:

· Peer-to-peer energy trading and grid management

· Blockchain-based solutions for renewable energy integration

· Tracking carbon credits and reducing carbon footprint through blockchain


6) Blockchain in Governance and Public Services:

· Transparent and secure voting systems

· Blockchain for identity management and citizen services

· Combating corruption and ensuring accountability in public administration


blockchain, internet of things, smart contracts, data governance, security and privacy

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