CLOSED Call for Papers: Cybersecurity for the Smart Grid [CFP]

Computer seeks articles for an upcoming special issue.
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Submissions Due: 1 October 2019

Submission Deadline: CLOSED
Author notification: 10 December 2019
Publication Date: May 2020

The security and well-being of societies and economies are tied to the reliable operation of power systems. Due to the advancements of information and communication technologies, the traditional electric grid is evolving towards an intelligent smart grid. Despite the reliability and efficiency benefits, the inadequate level of security measures is leading to a greater threat landscape. Securing smart grid environments presents numerous challenges that need to be considered; smart grids are heterogeneous interconnected systems, and this heterogeneity and diversity necessitate non-static, application specific methods able to capture the complex interrelationships of various elements. Despite existing efforts, more focus is required on interoperable, cost-recovery, effective, and insurance mechanisms able to help guide further regulations and standards in this area. Such strategies need to ensure that technical solutions can “understand” interdependencies, integrate expertise from the engineering and cybersecurity communities, reduce institutional and policy barriers, and prioritize specific recommendations which can address the interoperability issues between technical, management, and policy-oriented approaches.

The goal of this special issue is to provide a platform for engineers, scientists, researchers, industrial experts and other stakeholders to appraise recent developments in the field and address related challenges. Contributions related to the practical, theoretical and engineering aspects of developing and deploying cybersecurity mechanisms while ensuring integration into policy and management solutions are welcome on any applications of interest for the domain of smart grid.

Articles pertaining ongoing technical developments, practical applications and use cases, user studies and evaluations, standardization efforts, current and future trend analysis, as well as next-generation technologies are welcome. Technical articles should be of general interest to the computer science and engineering audience and of broader scope than archival journal/transaction papers, are suited to Computer magazine.

Topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to the following:

• Secure, reliable, resilient, and interoperable smart grid operations
• Trust, privacy, and management methods
• Real-time simulation, case studies, assessment platforms compatible with existing standards
• Economics and performance analysis of cybersecurity operations
• Theoretical and roadmap security policies
• Cybersecurity of energy management systems
• Trustworthy management of supervisory and data acquisition systems, distribution control systems, and industrial control systems
• Integration of secure solutions for industrial internet-of-things and internet of energy

Submission Procedure

Submissions should follow the IEEE template and should consist of the following: (i) A manuscript of maximum 6,000 words: A pdf of the complete manuscript layout with figures, tables placed within the text. Each figure and table is counted as 300 words; (ii) A source file in Word or Latex format; (iii) High resolution photos and graphics as JPEG files are required for the final submission. Articles which have been previously published at a conference need to have significant new material (e.g. >70%), which need to be described in the cover letter. The manuscripts need to be submitted online at Select “Special Section: Cybersecurity for the Smart Grid” in Step 1 of the submission process to ensure that the article is reviewed for this special issue.


Contact the guest editors at

• Charalambos Konstantinou (, Center for Advanced Power Systems, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida State University
• Saraju P. Mohanty (, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas