ACNS 2023

21st International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security
Kyoto, Japan
19-22 June, 2023

ACNS 2023 Call For Papers

The 21st International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS 2023) will be held in Kyoto, Japan, on 19–22 June 2023. ACNS is an annual conference focusing on current developments that advance the areas of applied cryptography, cyber security (including network and computer security) and privacy. The goal is to represent both academic research works as well as developments in industrial and technical frontiers.

Submissions may focus on the modeling, design, analysis (including security proofs and attacks), development (e.g. implementations), deployment (e.g. system integration), and maintenance (e.g. performance measurements, usability studies) of algorithms, protocols, standards, implementations, technologies devices, systems standing in relation with applied cryptography, cyber security and privacy, while advancing or bringing new insights to the state of the art.

Areas of interest for ACNS 2023 include but are not limited to:

  • Access control
  • Applied cryptography
  • Automated security analysis
  • Biometric security/privacy
  • Cloud security/privacy
  • Complex systems security
  • Critical infrastructure security
  • Cryptanalysis
  • Cryptographic primitives
  • Cryptographic protocols
  • Data protection
  • Database/system security
  • Digital rights management
  • Distributed security and consensus protocols
  • Email, app and web security
  • Future Internet security
  • Human factors in security
  • Identity management
  • IP protection
  • Internet fraud, cybercrime
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) security
  • Intrusion detection
  • Key management
  • Malware
  • Mobile/wireless/5G security
  • Network security protocols
  • Post-quantum cryptography
  • Privacy/anonymity, PETs
  • Security/privacy metrics
  • Side-channel analysis and physical attacks
  • Trust management
  • Ubiquitous security/privacy
  • Usable security/privacy

Besides the main conference, ACNS also seeks workshop proposals. Each satellite workshop will provide a forum to address a specific topic at the forefront of cybersecurity research. Papers accepted at the workshops will have post-proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series as well.

Important Dates

First submission deadline:

  • Submission: September 8, 2022, 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Notification: November 10, 2022
  • Camera-ready: December 1st, 2022

ACNS 2023 First Submission Link

Second submission deadline:

  • Submission: January 12, 2023, 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Notification: March 16, 2023
  • Camera-ready: April 6, 2023

Instructions for Authors

Submissions must be done via the Easychair website.

Authors submitting to ACNS should in principle ensure that their paper can be presented at the conference in person. However, we are monitoring the situation regarding the COVID pandemic, and hybrid mode, including allowing for remote presentations, may be considered if significant travel restrictions remain by the time of the conference.

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published (other than preprint) or accepted for publication or that are simultaneously in submission to a journal, conference, or workshop with published proceedings. Information about submissions may be shared with program chairs of other conferences for that purpose.

ACNS encourages promising students to submit and present their best results at the conference. Any paper co-authored by at least one full-time student who will present the paper at the conference is eligible for the best student paper award, with a cash reward of Euro 1000 sponsored by Springer.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references. Each submission must begin with a title, 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.

All submissions must be submitted in PDF format, following the unmodified LNCS format (accessible on the Springer LCNS author guidelines webpage) and typeset using the corresponding LaTeX class file. They must fit within a page limit of 20 pages, including title and abstract, figures, etc., but excluding references. Optionally, any amount of clearly marked supplementary material may be supplied, following the main body of the paper; however, reviewers are not required to read or review any supplementary material, and submissions are expected to be intelligible without it. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. In order to accommodate for changes requested in reviews, the page limit for the camera-ready proceedings versions is 30 pages, including references and appendices.

For papers that might raise ethical concerns, authors are expected to convince reviewers that proper procedures (such as IRB approval) have been followed and due diligence has been made to minimize potential harm.

There are two possible submission deadlines (in September and January) that authors may choose to submit their papers to. Papers rejected after the September round may optionally be revised and resubmitted at the January round, provided that they are accompanied with a response letter detailing the changes and addressing the initial review comments.

We will publish our proceedings with Springer as a volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Conflicts of Interest

The program co-chairs require cooperation from both authors and program committee members to prevent submissions from being evaluated by reviewers who have a conflict of interest. During the submission process, we will ask authors to identify members of the program committee with whom they share a conflict of interest.

We regard the following relationships as conflicts of interest:

  • (1) Anyone who shares an institutional affiliation with an author at the time of submission,
  • (2) Anyone who was the advisor or advisee of an author at any time in the past,
  • (3) Anyone the author has collaborated or published with in the prior two years,
  • (4) Anyone who is serving as the sponsor or administrator of a grant that funds your research,
  • or (5) close personal friendships.

If they want to specify a conflict of another type than those listed above, authors must contact the chairs and explain the perceived conflict. Program committee members who are in conflict of interest with a paper, including program co-chairs, will be excluded from evaluation and discussion of the paper by default.

Diversity and Inclusion

ACNS is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our community. If you have suggestions, concerns, or complaints related biases or sexual harassment, we encourage you to reach out to the Conference Co-Chairs. We are committed to protecting the anonymity of such reports and helping to address your concerns. We value your feedback and ideas to help us all build a healthier and more welcoming community.

We encourage authors to be mindful of not using language or examples that further the marginalization, stereotyping, or erasure of any group of people, especially historically marginalized and/or under-represented groups (URGs) in computing. Of course, exclusionary treatment can arise unintentionally. Be vigilant and actively guard against such issues in your writing. Reviewers will also be empowered to monitor and demand changes if such issues arise in your submissions.