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Volume 2020, Issue 4
Published: 2020-12-10


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  • The submission server for ToSC 2021, Issue 1 is up.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemy, FSE 2020 will be held as a virtual event from November 9 to November 13.
    Papers from the following issues of ToSC will be presented at FSE 2020: 2019(2), 2019(3), 2019(4), 2020(1), 2020(2), 2020(3) and 2020(S1). More information will be available on the FSE website.
  • Moreover, FSE will not be held in 2021; the next FSE is scheduled to take place in march 2022, with papers from the following issues of ToSC: 2020(4), 2021(1), 2021(2), 2021(3), 2021(4) and 2022(1).
  • The Volume 2020 third issue is available.
  • FSE 2020 has been postponed to November 8-12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The schedule of the FSE 2021 conference might also be modified.
  • The timeline and Call for Papers for 2020\2021 are avaliable.
  • ToSC is now indexed by Scopus.
  • ToSC is now indexed by DOAJ.

General Information

The IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology (ToSC) has the ISSN 2519-173X.

From 2016, FSE has moved to an open-access journal/conference hybrid model. Submitted articles undergo a journal-style double-blind peer reviewing process. Accepted papers are published in Gold Open Access (free availability from day one) by Ruhr University Bochum in an issue of the IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology (ToSC) journal.

The papers published in Volume 2019, Issue 2, 3, and 4, and Volume 2020, Issue 1 will be presented at FSE 2020. For detailed information on the submission and notification deadlines see Paper Submission.

For any further information, please view the FAQ page and the Call for Papers.

Aim and Scope of the Journal

Original research papers on symmetric cryptology are invited for submission to ToSC. The scope of ToSC concentrates on fast and secure primitives for symmetric cryptography, including the design and analysis of block ciphers, stream ciphers, encryption schemes, hash functions, message authentication codes, (cryptographic) permutations, authenticated encryption schemes, cryptanalysis and evaluation tools, and security issues and solutions regarding their implementation. ToSC also solicits submissions for Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers. These papers aim at reviewing and contextualizing the existing literature in a particular area in order to systematize the existing knowledge in that area. To be considered for publication, they must provide an added value beyond prior work, such as novel insights or reasonably questioning previous assumptions.

Publishing Ethics, Principles and Malpractice Statement

The IACR advances open access publications and thus aims to follow publishing principles promoted by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). See the Publication Ethics page for more information regarding these principles and publication ethics.