Third International Symposium on Foundations and Applications of Blockchain 2020

University of California, Santa Cruz

May 1, 2020

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Call for papers

Blockchain - the technology behind Bitcoin - is flourishing into an impressive spectrum of research projects and initiatives, corporate alliances, and startup companies. This multidisciplinary effort spans diverse disciplines ranging from Computer Science and Engineering to Communications, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Banking and Finance, Journalism, and Political Sciences to name a few. This one day event strives to bring researchers and practitioners of blockchain together to share and exchange results. We are interested in papers and presentations on a broad range of topics including:

  • Application use cases of blockchain
  • Secure smart contracts
  • Blockchain for social networking
  • Distributed systems for blockchain
  • Blockchain consensus protocols
  • Governance and blockchain
  • Partitioned and replicated data stores for blockchain
  • Transactions and blockchain
  • Software engineering practices and life cycle management of blockchain
  • Social aspects of blockchain
  • Game theory and its applications to blockchain
  • Blockchain protocol analysis and security
  • Algorithm design, complexity analysis, implementation for blockchain
  • Experience papers with blockchain

Submission site

When you are ready to submit, please go to

Submission categories

Authors can submit a paper in one of the following categories:

  • Research Papers describe research work in the broad area of blockchain. We solicit both long papers (up to 8 pages) and short papers (up to 4 pages). The former will tend to be descriptions of complete technical work, while the latter will tend to be descriptions of interesting, innovative ideas, which nevertheless require more work to mature.
    For short papers, we also encourage submissions that put previously published work in a new light or describe extensions of previously published work by the authors.
  • Industrial Papers describing experiences with the deployed and state-of-the-art blockchain systems. These papers can also be either long papers (up to 8 pages) or short papers (up to 4 pages).
  • Posters. Researchers and practitioners wishing to showcase and get feedback on work that is in an early stage, and hence not yet ready for publication as a paper, are invited to submit a 1-page proposal for a poster. All accepted papers are encouraged to showcase a poster, too.

All submissions will be held to a high quality standard, and evaluated based on their originality, technical merit, topical relevance, value to the community, and likelihood of leading to insightful discussions. Submissions will be kept confidential. On rare occasions, long paper submissions may be accepted as short papers (pending authors’ approval and significant shortening).

Submission guidelines

Papers must meet the following formatting rules in order to be considered for publication. They should be submitted in PDF format and formatted in 10-point type using the templates provided. We cannot give extensions for reformatting.

Paper format & fonts

Submissions must be formatted using the LaTeX style file

  • Judicious use of color is permitted, but please bear in mind that not everybody has access to a color printer, and some people cannot distinguish some colors. Figures should be clear when printed in black & white.
  • Symbols and axis labels used in graphs should be legible as printed, and not require magnification.
  • Limit the file size to less than 15 MB.

Page limit

Long papers can have up to 8 pages while short papers can be a maximum of 4 pages. These limits exclude references but include all other content (e.g., appendices).

Paper type

Following the list of author names and affiliations on the first page, submissions should include a line that specifies the paper’s “type” (research, industrial, or poster) and “length” (long or short).


Abstract Submission deadline: February 17, 2020 (11:59 PM Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Submission deadline: February 17 (extended till February 21), 2020 (11:59 PM Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
Papers must be submitted by this deadline to be reviewed.