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The section Blockchain Technologies will address developments within the systems, software, and architecture upon which the blockchain network is built. It aims to promote and accelerate research towards creating a scaleable, verifiable and secure system within all areas of blockchain applications.
The scope of Blockchain Technologies includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- Distributed consensus
- Software verification and validation
- Security coding
- Network protocols
- Identity, privacy and anonymity
- Blockchain architecture
- Distributed ledger technologies
- Performance and scaleability
- System architecture and virtual machines
- Formal methods
- DLT metrics
- Non-blockchain DLTs (e.g. Hashgraph)
- Smart Contracts
- Distributed Autonomous Organisations
- DLT and Artificial Intelligence
- DLT and the Internet of Things
- DApps, including decentralised exchanges, prediction markets, etc.
Papers can be either theoretical or empirical: in both cases, they must contain original content that advances the state of the art of blockchain technologies. We also welcome survey papers that compare existing approaches, or systematise the knowledge about a given topic.
Frontiers is delighted to announce a journal-wide prize of 10,000 USD, “Yun Family Frontiers in Blockchain Prize". This prize is in collaboration with the Yun Family and associate entities, and will be awarded to the best paper published in 2019.
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Blockchain Technologies welcomes submissions of the following article types: Community Case Study, Correction, Data Report, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Blockchain Technologies, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Blockchain Technologies will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Blockchain.
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