41st IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP2020)

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Submissions Due: 01 December 2019

41st IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP2020)


IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP 2020) is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security and Privacy in cooperation with the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

Please note that revisions for papers submitted to the 2019 Symposium need to be submitted to the S&P 2019 submission site.

IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has been the premier forum for computer security research, presenting the latest developments and bringing together researchers and practitioners. We solicit previously unpublished papers offering novel research contributions in any aspect of security or privacy. Papers may present advances in the theory, design, implementation, analysis, verification, or empirical evaluation and measurement of secure systems.

Topics of interest include:

  • Access control and authorization
  • Anonymity
  • Application security
  • Attacks and defenses
  • Authentication
  • Blockchains and distributed ledger security
  • Censorship resistance
  • Cloud security
  • Cyber physical systems security
  • Distributed systems security
  • Economics of security and privacy
  • Embedded systems security
  • Forensics
  • Hardware security
  • Intrusion detection and prevention
  • Malware and unwanted software
  • Mobile and Web security and privacy
  • Language-based security
  • Machine learning and AI security
  • Network and systems security
  • Privacy technologies and mechanisms
  • Protocol security
  • Secure information flow
  • Security and privacy for the Internet of Things
  • Security and privacy metrics
  • Security and privacy policies
  • Security architectures
  • Usable security and privacy
  • Trustworthy computing
  • Web security

This topic list is not meant to be exhaustive; S&P is interested in all aspects of computer security and privacy. Papers without a clear application to security or privacy, however, will be considered out of scope and may be rejected without full review.

Ongoing Submissions

To enhance the quality and timeliness of the scientific results presented as part of the Symposium, and to improve the quality of our reviewing process, IEEE S&P now accepts paper submissions 12 times a year, on the first of each month. The detailed process is as follows.

A rolling deadline occurs on the 1st of each month, at 3:00 PM (UTC-7, i.e., PDT). This deadline is strict and no extensions will be granted.

Within two months of submission, author notifications of Accept/Revise/Reject decisions will be sent out.

Within one month of acceptance, all accepted papers must submit a camera-ready copy incorporating reviewer feedback. The papers will immediately be published, open access, in the Computer Society’s Digital Library, and they may be cited as “To appear in the IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy, May 20XX”.

A limited number of papers will be invited to submit a revision; such papers will receive a specific set of expectations to be met by that revision. Authors may take up to three months from decision notification to produce a revised manuscript and submit it as part of the standard deadline on the 1st of the month. Authors will receive decisions on revisions within one month. See below for additional details on the resubmission procedure.

Rejected papers must wait for one year, from the date of original submission, to resubmit to IEEE S&P.

A paper will be judged to be a resubmit (as opposed to a new submission) if the paper is from the same or similar authors, and a reviewer could write a substantially similar summary of the paper compared with the original submission. As a rule of thumb, if there is more than 40% overlap between the original submission and the new paper, it will be considered a resubmission.

All papers accepted by February 1st, 2020, or that are submitted as a revision by February 1st, 2020 and the revision is then accepted, will be included in the proceedings of the symposium in May, 2020 and invited to present their work. Other papers will be included in the 2021 proceedings.

As a result, for authors who anticipate using the full three months to respond to a Revision decision, the final submission deadline for possible inclusion in the 2020 proceedings is September 1st, 2019.

For authors who anticipate using only one month to respond to a Revision decision, the final submission deadline for possible inclusion in the 2020 proceedings is November 1st, 2019.

The final submission deadline for possible inclusion in the 2020 proceedings is December 1st, 2019, but only for papers accepted without revision.

Visit https://www.ieee-security.org/TC/SP2020/cfpapers.html for Paper Submittal Guidelines.