CLOSED Call for Papers: Special Issue on Security and Privacy for the Metaverse

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Submissions Due: 16 June 2023

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 16 June 2023

Publication: January/February 2024

This special issue will explore security and privacy in and for the “metaverse”, broadly construed to include the full spectrum of augmented (AR), mixed (MR), eXtended (XR), and virtual (VR) reality technologies. Though exciting, these technologies come with security, privacy, and safety risks for users and bystanders.

We seek submissions on all topics related to the metaverse and security & privacy. Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:

  • Application security and privacy
  • Application and platform permission management
  • Hardware and platform security and privacy, including for both single-application and multi-application systems
  • Privacy, including: Exocentric (externally-facing sensor) privacy, including for bystanders and the environment, and egocentric (biometric) privacy
  • Multi-user interactions and risks
  • Consideration of marginalized and vulnerable populations
  • Identity in the metaverse
  • Usable security for AR/MR/XR/VR
  • Empirical studies of existing metaverse technologies and platforms
  • The future of advertising in AR/MR/XR/VR

Submission Guidelines

For author information and submission criteria for full papers, please visit the Author Information page. As stated there, full papers should be 4900 – 7200 words in length. Please submit full papers through the ScholarOne system, and be sure to select the special-issue name. Manuscripts should not be published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. There should be no more than 15 references. Related work should appear in a special separated box. Please submit only full papers intended for peer review, not opinion pieces, to the ScholarOne portal. 

Viewpoint pieces should contain no more than 2000  words. The title should start with the type of submission, i.e., “A viewpoint on…”. There should be no more than 10 references. These submissions should be converted to PDF and emailed to the guest editors at by the submission deadline.


Contact the guest editors at

  • Tadayoshi Kohno, University of Washington, USA
  • Franziska Roesner, University of Washington, USA