Call for Papers

Submissions must not substantially duplicate work that any of the authors has published in a journal or a conference/workshop with proceedings, or has submitted/is planning to submit before the author notification deadline to a journal or other conferences/workshops that have proceedings. Accepted submissions may not appear in any other conference or workshop that has proceedings. IACR reserves the right to share information about submissions with other program committees and editorial boards to detect parallel submissions and the IACR policy on irregular submissions will be strictly enforced.

The submission must be written in English and be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references. It should begin with a title, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. The introduction should summarize the contributions of the paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader. Submissions should be typeset in the LaTeX style available at github. The page limit is 20 pages excluding bibliography. Authors are encouraged to include supplementary material at the end of the paper, such as test values or source code that can assist reviewers in verifying the validity of the results; this material will not be included in the page count.

If authors believe that more details are essential to substantiate the claims of their paper or to provide proofs, they can submit a longer paper up to 40 pages (instead of up to 20); this should be indicated by ending the title with "(Long Paper)" for the submission. For long papers, the decision may be deferred to the next round at the discretion of the editors-in-chief (and to the next FSE).

Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. The IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology journal only accepts electronic submissions in PDF format. A detailed description of the electronic submission procedure is available here. The authors of submitted papers guarantee that their paper will be presented at the according FSE conference if it is accepted.

In order to improve the quality of the review process, authors will be given the opportunity to enter a rebuttal between the indicated dates, after receiving the reviews.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors, program committee members, and reviewers must follow the new IACR Policy on Conflicts of Interest, available here.

In particular, the authors of each submission are asked during the submission process to identify all members of the Program Committee who have an automatic conflict of interest (COI) with the submission. A reviewer and an author have an automatic COI if:

  • one was the thesis advisor/supervisor of the other
  • or if they have shared an institutional affiliation within the last two years
  • or if they have published two or more joint authored works within the last three years
  • or if they are in the same family

Further COIs are possible, see the IACR Policy on Conflicts of Interest for details.

It is the responsibility of all authors to ensure correct reporting of COI information. Submissions with incorrect or incomplete COI information may be rejected without consideration of their merits.