Frequently Asked QuestionsThe purpose of this page
is to describe the paper-selection process and give some advice about
writing submissions to the conference. See the CRYPTO 2010 Call
For Papers for information such as scope of the conference, dates, and
Q1: Who chooses the papers to appear in the
conference, and how?
A1: The program
committee (which was selected by the program chair) chooses the papers.
Each paper is assigned to at least three PC members who read it, write a
report and give scores. (Some paper are assigned to more reviewers, for
example papers that are authored by PC members.) Using the reports and
scores as a starting point, the committee then deliberates (using online
discussion boards and maybe also a face-to-face meeting), discussing the
submissions at length and eventually choosing the ones that will appear at
PC members often ask people outside the committee
for reviews of some submissions (e.g., when an expert on the subject
matter is not a member of the committee, or to reduce the reviewing load).
These "subreviewers" submit their reports to the PC members who asked for
their help, but they do not participate directly in the deliberations of
the committee. PC members are committed to keeping the submissions
confidential (except for the purpose of external reviews), and
subreviewers are bound by the same commitment of confidentiality.
Subreviewers should not farm out the reviewing any further.
Q2: What should I do to increase the chances
of my paper being accepted?
A2: The simple
answer is have good results and present them well. Some online guides
regarding writing scientific papers include this
collection from Iowa State, as well as this essay
by Oded Goldreich, and these
tips by Shai Halevi. Also check out Jean-Sébastien Coron's list of Ten Reasons why a Paper is
Rejected from a Crypto Conference. You should start writing a long time
in advance, so that you will have the time to read your own paper before
you submit it. Make sure that you are explicit about the motivation for
your work and its contributions. Also make sure that the submission
includes all the important technical ideas. (For example, if there isn't
sufficient space for proofs, then at least hint why they work in the main
body, and use the appendix to give more details.)
Q3: Will there be a rebuttal process for the
A3: There is no
official processes of this nature. However, the committee may contact the
authors and ask them questions or request comments. So be prepared and
check the e-mail address that you gave when you submited the
Q4: Will I receive comments on my
A4: While reading and
evaluating your submissions, the (sub)reviewers are expected to also
provide comments that will help you improve it. As each submission is
assigned to at least three reviewers, we hope that you will receive some
helpful comments. However, the committee must evaluate a large number of
submissions in a short time, so it is not always possible to provide good
comments on all of them.
Q5: Are program committee members allowed to
submit papers to the conference?
members can submit a limited number of papers to the conference, normally
only one submission per member.
Q6: My paper was rejected from a previous IACR
conference. Should I submit again, and if so how to re-write the
A6: If your paper matches the
criteria set in the call for papers, and if you believe that it contains
an advance in the field, then submitting it to CRYPTO may be a good
If you received comments from the committee on your previous
submission, then it is extremely important to address these comments
before submitting the paper again. Remember that we are a small community,
and it is rather likely that the same person who wrote these comments will
get to (sub)review your work again. Even if you think that the comments
that you received are off the mark, they could still serve to demonstrate
how people may mis-read your paper, and thus may be useful in improving
Q7: May I submit a related paper to another
A7: If the
papers are "substantially similar" then the answer is NO, as per the
IACR's policy on irregular
submissions. Note that "substantial similarity" will be judged by the
respective program committees, if you are unsure then you should consult
chair ahead of time.
Q8: Will there be a best paper
A9: Yes, we intend to have one. The
program committee is expected to select one of the accepted papers to
receive the best paper award. This paper will be acknowledged in the
preface of the conference proceedings, and also during the conference
itself. The program committee is also expected to select 2-3 additional
papers and solicit their submission (as well as the submission of the best
paper) to the Journal of Cryptology.
Revision historyOct 2009: Adapted by Tal Rabin
July 2008: Adapted by Shai Halevi
2007 FAQ by Moni Naor.