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IEEE S&P 2015 : 36th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy


When May 18, 2015 - May 20, 2015
Submission Deadline Nov 14, 2014
Notification Due Jan 16, 2015
Final Version Due Mar 5, 2015

Call For Papers

Since 1980, the 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 We solicit previously unpublished papers offering novel research contributions in any aspect of security or privacy.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
Application security
Attacks and defenses
Censorship and censorship-resistance
Cloud security
Distributed systems security
Embedded systems security
Hardware security
Intrusion detection
Mobile security and privacy
Language-based security
Network security
Privacy-preserving systems
Protocol security
Secure information flow
Security and privacy policies
Security architectures
System security
Usable security and privacy
Web security and privacy
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.

Given the rapidly expanding and maturing security and privacy community, we hope to increase the acceptance rate of papers that are more far-reaching and risky, as long as those papers also show sufficient promise for creating interesting discussions and questioning widely-held beliefs.

Systematization of Knowledge Papers
Following the success of recent years’ conferences, we are also soliciting papers focused on systematization of knowledge (SoK). The goal of this call is to encourage work that evaluates, systematizes, and contextualizes existing knowledge. Such work can provide a high value to our community but may not be accepted because of a lack of novel research contributions. Suitable papers are those that provide important new insights on established, major research areas or support or challenge long-held beliefs with compelling evidence. Papers that survey research areas without providing such insights are not appropriate. Submissions will be distinguished by the prefix “SoK:” in the title and a checkbox on the submission form. They will be reviewed by the full PC and held to the same standards as traditional research papers, except instead of emphasizing novel research contributions the emphasis will be on value to the community. Accepted papers will be presented at the symposium and included in the proceedings.

The Symposium is also soliciting submissions for co-located workshops. Further details on submissions can be found at

Important Dates
All deadlines are 23:59:59 EST (UTC-5).

Paper submission deadline November 14, 2014
Author response period January 14-16, 2015
Acceptance notification February 8, 2015
Shepherded papers approval deadline February 27, 2015
Final papers due March 5, 2015
Instructions for Paper Submission
These instructions apply to both the research papers and systematization of knowledge papers.

All submissions must be original work; the submitter must clearly document any overlap with previously published or simultaneously submitted papers from any of the authors. Failure to point out and explain overlap will be grounds for rejection. Simultaneous submission of the same paper to another venue with proceedings or a journal is not allowed and will be grounds for automatic rejection. Papers may not be withdrawn between the start of the author response period and acceptance notification. Contact the program committee chairs if there are questions about this policy.

Anonymous Submission
Papers must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and papers should avoid revealing their identity in the text. When referring to your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were written by someone else. Only blind the reference itself in the (unusual) case that a third-person reference is infeasible. Contact the program chairs if you have any questions. Papers that are not properly anonymized may be rejected without review.

Page Limit and Formatting
Papers must not exceed 15 pages total (including the references and appendices). Papers must be formatted for US letter (not A4) size paper. The text must be formatted according to the IEEE conference proceedings templates. Details and a link to a LaTeX template will be provided soon. Failure to adhere to the page limit and formatting requirements can be grounds for rejection.

Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Authors should pay special attention to unusual fonts, images, and figures that might create problems for reviewers. Your document should render correctly in Adobe Reader 9 and when printed in black and white.

Conference Submission Server
Papers must be submitted at and may be updated at any time until the submission deadline. The submission site will open October 14, 2015.

Publication and Presentation
Authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate publication clearances. One of the authors of the accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the conference. Submissions received after the submission deadline or failing to conform to the submission guidelines risk rejection without review.

For more information, contact the program co-chairs at:

Program Committee
Lujo Bauer Carnegie Mellon University
Vitaly Shmatikov The University of Texas at Austin

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