Call for Papers: Blockchain Ecosystem

IEEE Transactions on


Special Issue: Blockchain Ecosystem: Technological and Management Challenges and Opportunities

Guest Editors

Dr. Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo – Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA –

Dr. Sercan Ozcan – Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, UK –

Dr. Ali Dehghantanha – Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK –

Dr. Reza M. Parizi – Department of Software Engineering and Game Development, Kennesaw State University, USA –


Rapid advances are being made in blockchain technology, as evidenced both in the number of published papers and the number of active researchers. Blockchain is a foundational and platform technology considering its existing offerings and it is expected to be a key enabling technology and a new general purpose technology to revolutionize the business activities and interactions in the future considering its economic, political, humanitarian, and legal system benefits. Blockchain has diverse applications and has the potential to be leveraged in different aspects of management and technology. For example, blockchain characteristics such as decentralization, verifiability and immutability, can be utilized to ensure authenticity, reliability and integrity of data and business activities underpinning our modern society and economy. All existing technological, management and engineering related systems and frameworks lack of a revised understanding of blockchain-based constellations. Yet, little is known about factors related to management and technical decisions to adopt this technology and how it can ‘engineeringly’ be put into better use to address current and emerging blockchain technology and platform related issues.

This special issue aims to foster the united investigations on cutting-edge research from both academia and industry to explore the latest and innovative guidelines, concepts, techniques, and industrial-strength and open-source tools for perceiving and managing blockchain in an engineering-supported manner. The main theme of this issue is to put more management and engineering oriented approaches into blockchain technology for more efficient and effective engineering management practices and solutions, allowing one to contribute to advances in blockchain innovation, research, education and practices. The special issue welcomes contributions in the following technological and management themes, but is not limited to them:

Technological themes:

  • Blockchain + Cybersecurity
  • Blockchain + Artifical Intelligence
  • Blockchain + Data Science
  • Blockchain + Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Blockchain + Fintech
  • Blockchain tools, platforms, and methods

Management themes:

  • Blockchain enabled new business systems, models and applications
  • Blockchain-based trust and regulation mechanisms
  • New business relationships and activities based on smart contracts and distributed ledger
  • Blockchain for decentralization and distributed systems
  • Management processes and methods based on blockchain
  • Blockchain for crowdsourcing
  • Blockchain based knowledge and innovation management
  • Financial systems and blockchain
  • New policies for blockchain

Submission Process: Please prepare the manuscript according to IEEE-TEM’s guidelines ( for submission via the journal’s Manuscript Central site ( Cover letter should also clearly state that the submission is for this special issue.



  • Interested authors send papers by December 31st, 2018
  • Decisions on acceptance/ rebuttal of papers by March 31st, 2019
  • Decisions on acceptance/ rebuttal of papers after second round of reviews by June 30th, 2019
  • Final papers submitted by August 30th, 2019

Guest Editor

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo received the Ph.D. in Information Security in 2006 from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He currently holds the Cloud Technology Endowed Professorship at The University of Texas at San Antonio and has courtesy appointment at the University of South Australia. He serves on the editorial board of Computers & Electrical Engineering, Cluster Computing, Digital Investigation, IEEE Access, IEEE Cloud Computing, IEEE Communications Magazine, Future Generation Computer Systems, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, PLoS ONE, Soft Computing, etc. He also serves as the Special Issue Guest Editor of ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (2017), ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (2016), , Applied Soft Computing (2018), Computers & Electrical Engineering (2017), Computers & Security (2018), Digital Investigation (2016), Future Generation Computer Systems (2016, 2018), IEEE Access (2017), IEEE Cloud Computing (2015), IEEE Network (2016), IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (2017), IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (2017), Journal of Computer and System Sciences (2017), Multimedia Tools and Applications (2017), Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (2017), Pervasive and Mobile Computing  (2016), Wireless Personal Communications (2017), etc. In 2016, he was named the Cybersecurity Educator of the Year – APAC (Cybersecurity Excellence Awards are produced in cooperation with the Information Security Community on LinkedIn), and in 2015 he and his team won the Digital Forensics Research Challenge organized by Germany’s University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He is the recipient of ESORICS 2015 Best Paper Award, 2014 Highly Commended Award by the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency, Fulbright Scholarship in 2009, 2008 Australia Day Achievement Medallion, and British Computer Society’s Wilkes Award in 2008. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, an IEEE Senior Member, and an Honorary Commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

Sercan Ozcan is a senior lecturer in the Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation Subject Group at Portsmouth Business School. He holds a PhD in Innovation Management from Aberystwyth University, UK. Dr Sercan Ozcan has published in the top journals of Innovation Management and Engineering Management fields such as IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and R&D Management. He has received various awards such as Brad Hosler Award for Outstanding Student Paper 2015, (PICMET) and ABTA Doctoral Researcher Award 2014. His funded PhD was about Emerging Technologies and Collaboration Structure in Nanotechnology Innovation System working on a large patent and interview data sets using advanced text-mining and big data techniques. He worked as a consultant with some private and governmental organisations in various innovation management projects and also worked with business incubation centres, mentorship programs and funding agencies to help with the process of establishing innovative start-ups. Dr Sercan Ozcan’s research interests lie in the field of Innovation Management focusing on systems of innovation models, innovation development processes, open innovation platforms, blockchain technologies and collaborative innovation activities. He has a particular interest where data mining and innovation management merges together to retrieve and analyse large scale innovation and science data. He uses tech-mining, bibliometrics and scientometrics techniques to analyse text-based data sets such as patent documents, publications and social media data. He has a particular focus on analysing emerging technologies and markets to identify innovation networks and clusters, technological trends and diffusions and, innovation performance related determinants.

Ali Dehghantanha has served for more than a decade in a variety of industrial and academic positions with leading players in Cyber-Security and Artificial Intelligence. Ali is currently serving as a senior lecturer of Computer and Information Security in University of Sheffield – UK. Ali is imminently qualified in the field of cyber security; he has an EU Marie Curie fellowship in cyber forensics, Ph.D in Security in Computing and a number of professional qualifications namely CISM, CCFP and CISSP. Ali is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a senior IEEE-UK member. He has served as an invited speaker for a number of security conferences namely Conference on Information Security and Digital Forensics (ISDF2015), International Conference on Information Security and Cyber Forensics (InfoSec2015), Cyber Security Nexus (CSX2016), European Intellectual Property Prosecutors Network (EIPPN) Workshop 2016, and Gulf Countries Science Collaboration Symposium 2017, International Workshop on Applications and Techniques in Cyber Security (ATCS2017). He has served as a guest editor for many special issues namely the Special Issue on Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analytics, Elsevier journal of Future Generation Computer Systems (FGCS), IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing special issue on Sustainable Cyber Forensics and Threat Intelligence, the Special Issue on Internet of Things: Security and Forensics Trends and Challenges- Elsevier Journal of Future Generation Computer Systems. He has been a lead editor for several academic books namely Elsevier book on “Contemporary Digital Forensic Investigations of Cloud and Mobile Applications” and Springer book on “Cyber Threat Intelligence”. He has been co-chair for a number of security workshops and conferences such as IEEE International Workshop on Blockchain-Oriented Cybersecurity Engineering, International Workshop of Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analytics, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, International Conference on Cyber-Security, Cyber-Warfare, and Digital Forensics (CyberSec)

Reza M. Parizi is a blockchain evangelist and software engineering researcher with an entrepreneurial spirit at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Prior to joining KSU, he was an Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology. He has applied his insights and expertise to a host of innovative and technology driven projects across start-ups, security, retail, and education industries. He has more than 8 years of working experience in industrial software and project managing. Currently, he is a project manager at Cybriant security company in Atlanta, USA, working on cyber risk management programs for Mid-Market and SMB companies, and a lead researcher at Oracle working on microservices security engineering for apparel images. His research interests are R&D in blockchain, emerging issues in software engineering, and the practice of secure software-run world applications. He has published several research papers in top reputable scientific journals (such as, Computers & SecurityIEEE Transaction on ReliabilityJournal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart EnvironmentsInformation and Software TechnologyJournal of Systems and SoftwareJournal of Soft Computing, and International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer) and many international conferences and also has two copyrights to his credit. He is one of the committee organizers of the BOCE 2018 workshop at Blockchain-2018 conference at Halifax, Canada.

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Editor in Chief

Tugrul U Daim, PhD PICMET Fellow

Professor and Director

Technology Management Doctoral Program

Department of Engineering and Technology Management

Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

Portland State University, Portland OR

United States