IEEE S&P Author Guidelines
Prospective authors please note
IEEE Security & Privacy is a magazine, not a journal. The readers include specialists in specific fields of cybersecurity, but also many from outside the field who want to know what's of current interest in security and privacy. All of our content is professionally copy-edited.
We publicize the following statement on the IEEE S&P website
- IEEE Security & Privacy magazine’s mission is to be the best source of reliable, useful, peer-reviewed information for those aiming to understand how systems, data, and people are protected in a world of rapid technology evolution. This bimonthly magazine publishes articles that have clarity and context, targeting a wide audience who understand technology, from developers to executives, managers to policy makers, and researchers interested in problems with practical impact. Peer-reviewed articles and columns by real-world experts illuminate all aspects of the field, including systems, attacks and defenses, software security, applied cryptography, usability, forensics, big data, ethics, biometrics, and more, with special issues focusing on targeted topics as well as issues devoted to key events and conferences.
This statement means that
- Articles should not be like a research papers that are focused on details. Articles should provide insights about a subject by considering and evaluating different approaches based on certain criteria: for instance an article can implement a number of schemes used for smart contracts and compare and evaluate them. S&P is interested in the general added value rather than a very specific and scientific article. An example would be a paper that systematization of the existing literature and provide "recommendations" of what one could do to tackle the problems of the existing work, not worked out proposals of solving that problem.
- Some subjects could be a "point of view" or a "position" article. For example, someone may raise a valid criticism to a current security policy issue. Usually these are Column Articles and are sent to the Department Editors.
- There are always exceptions. If there is any question of whether a paper fits these criteria or would otherwise be of interest to IEEE S&P, we recommend contacting the EIC.
- Surveys and tutorials are in scope, particularly where there are new technologies or approaches that haven't yet had broad exposure.
- In-depth articles on new technologies are fine, but we are not looking for the contributions that belong in an archival journal.
Our articles should be accurate and as technically deep as necessary, but of broader interest and shorter than the typical journal contribution. Our published word count limit is 5500; exceptions can be made but there must be a good reason for them.
- IEEE official author guidelines about the peer review process and submitting a manuscript can be found here
The key information about IEEE's exceptions of the review process is
- "We solicit peer reviews from at least three individuals both inside and outside the manuscript's specialty. Reviewers are assigned to manuscripts based on their expertise. Reviews are used as the basis for acceptance and content revisions. The editor in chief makes the final decision regarding publication. Only about 25 percent of all manuscripts submitted to our magazines are accepted, and the manuscripts we publish generally receive very positive reviews. The length of the review process varies between papers, and many factors affect the time it takes to review a paper. The time it takes for an associate editor to be assigned, and for available, qualified reviewers to be located, depends on the complexity and the type of material submitted for review. Each publication makes a concerted effort to keep the review time to a minimum that is consistent with keeping the publication's reputation for quality and integrity. Each submission placed into review is sent to at least three reviewers, making one submission correspond to roughly three review requests. The review process for our magazines may take approximately six months to be completed."