Dear members of the IACR
With the spring conference season in full swing, you have certainly
noticed a few changes in IACR's workshops and conferences.
The online proceedings of TCC 2015 and PKC 2015 are now available to
members via the IACR online library at
Based on IACR's arrangement with Springer, we install access for members to
conference proceedings as soon as these are available, which is usually a
few weeks before the event. We also implement online access to everyone
during the time of the conference and this is valid for a few weeks
afterwards. Technically, this uses "referer" authorization, where the
general chair includes a link to the online proceedings in the conference
In that context, recall that all IACR proceedings four years and older are
available as "Gold Open Access" (that is, openly from the publisher's online
library), and the younger ones are "Green Open Access."
Compared to when IACR started to publish conference proceedings, authors
are nowadays formatting the "final" versions of papers almost by
themselves; based on common tools and style files, the result also looks
much more uniform than 30 years ago. Discussions among authors, program
chairs, the Board of Directors, and conference reviewers during 2014 have
now resulted in a change to the "traditional" submission format of N pages,
11pt font, and A4/letter size. For EUROCRYPT and CRYPTO in 2015, the LNCS
style of the final version has been preferred or even declared mandatory.
As could be expected, this change has created some confusion, but we trust
that this was just a transition effect.
The Board, as the representative of all IACR members, acknowledges that
there should be continuity across IACR publications. A corresponding
policy is being worked out right now and should be adopted uniformly by the
community. The main reason to format submissions in the same way as the
final accepted version is to make transparent to readers, as well as to
reviewers, that the published version and the reviewed version correspond
to each other in length and scope. However, no bound on "supplementary
material" is foreseen and authors are still strongly encouraged to revise
and improve their submissions based on the feedback received.
As explained in my news update from September last year, the Board has
asked EUROCRYPT, CRYPTO, and ASIACRYPT to organize parallel sessions for a
significant part of the program. EUROCRYPT in Sofia will be the first IACR
conference with parallel sessions, and I invite you to check out the
program on the website. At the end of this year, we will hold a referendum
among the IACR membership for deciding whether the format should be kept
The Board has approved funding for the following IACR Cryptology Schools:
See the website http://www.iacr.org/schools/ for more information
and other upcoming schools.
- SAC Summer School (S3).
August 10--12, 2015, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.
Contact: Orr Dunkelman and Liam Keliher
- School on Computer-Aided Cryptography:
sometime between May 20th and July 10th, 2015, University of Maryland.
Contact: Benedikt Schmidt
Before I close, let me congratulate Craig Gentry for receiving a MacArthur
"genius grant" last year, the first member of our community to receive
this prestigious award.
The TCC annual Test of Time (ToT) award was presented for the first time
during TCC 2015 this week. This award is given to TCC papers of yore that
withstood the test of time. The winners were Silvio Micali and Leonid
Reyzin, for their paper "Physically Observable Cryptography" from TCC 2004,
receiving the award "for pioneering a mathematical foundation of
cryptography in the presence of information leakage in physical systems."
Moreover, TCC has decided to shift its date to fall, and the conference
will move there in steps, with TCC 2016 being in January. The Board has
recently approved the proposal to hold TCC 2016 in January 2016 in
Tel Aviv, Israel.