JoC Call for Papers: Topical Collection on Computing on Encrypted Data

    To encourage more papers to be submitted to JoC, we are having more Topical Collections. Topical Collections are a kind of virtual Special Issues. Papers of a topical collection are published together with ordinary papers in one or more issues, but on the webpage they are indexed twice: once in their issue and once in a separate tab with the name of the Topical Collection. Currently we have two Topical Collections in the JoC and you can see them on the website.

    We are now asking for papers to be submitted for a Topical Collection on Computing on Encrypted Data; which is broadly conceived as covering Multi-Party Computation, Fully Homomorphic Encryption and Functional Encryption. However, other related topics will be considered in scope.

    We are particularly interested in papers which cover research related to implementation aspects, new applications of these technologies, real-life deployment issues, and other more applied aspects, as well as the more traditional cryptographic papers covering new schemes and protocols.

    We also encourage submission of short (but still self contained) papers.

    Papers which are extended versions, or merges, of conference papers, are out of scope for this Topical Collection and thus should be submitted to the Journal of Cryptology in the normal way.

    Being a Topical Collection, as opposed to a Special Issue, papers are published as soon as they are accepted. They do not need to wait until all papers for a Special Issue are ready. We hope to have a speedy review process for this Topical Collection, and will be reaching out to the community before the closing date to solicit a bank of willing reviewers who will help us in this task of reviewing the submitted papers.

    Submission Deadline: Oct 1st 2022

    To be considered for this Topical Collection put in the keywords field of the submission site the phrase "Topical Collection on Computing on Encrypted Data"

    We hope to get reviews to authors within four months of submission [so there is no need to wait for the submission deadline]. Assuming no changes are requested this means papers could be published within six months. If a second round of reviewing is required we hope to complete this within one year of initial submission.

    Questions about this Topical Collection can be sent to the Special Editors: David Pointcheval and Nigel P. Smart