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Welcome to the IEEE Security and Privacy Information Pages

This site was created to provide answers to frequently asked questions and detailed descriptions of important processes – for editors, reviewers and authors.

IEEE S&P Overview

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 paper (or journal 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.

Submissions will be subject to the peer-review methodology for refereed papers. Articles should run between 4,900 to 7,200 words, each figure/table counts as 250 words toward this limit. There is maximum of 15 references. Articles should be understandable to a broad audience of people interested in security and privacy. The writing should be down to earth, practical, and original. Authors should not assume that the audience will have specialized experience in a particular subfield. All accepted articles will be edited according to the IEEE Computer Society style guide. No specific format or template is required for submissions. Accepted articles are formatted by professional staff to fit the magazine layout.

Editorial Board

The current Editorial Board includes Associate Editors

  • Nikita Borisov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • kc claffy, Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA)
  • Robert Deng, Singapore Management University
  • Dieter Gollmann, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg
  • Feng Hao, Newcastle University
  • Trent Jaeger, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Roy Maxion, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Gary McGraw
  • Hamed Okhravi, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Rolf Oppliger, eSecurity Technologies
  • Anderson Rocha, University of Campinas
  • XiaoFeng Wang, Indiana University
  • Vinod Yegneswaran, SRI International
  • Jianying Zhou, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Mohammad Mannan, Concordia University

The team of IEEE S&P Associate Editors in Chief

  • Terry Benzel, USC Information Sciences Institute
  • Sean Peisert, Berkeley Lab and UC Davis
  • Paul Van Oorschot, Carleton University
  • Laurie Williams, North Carolina State University
  • Bret Michael, Naval Post-graduate School

It also includes Department Editors

  • Building Security In
    • Jonathan Marguoies, Qmulos
    • Fabio Massacci, University of Trento
  • Cybercrime and Forensics
    • Pavel Gladyshev, University College Dublin
  • Education
    • Jelena Mirkovic, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute
    • Bill Newhouse, NIST
  • Privacy Interests** Khaled El Emam, Privacy Analytics
  • Resilient Security
    • Mohamed Kaâniche, French National Center for Scientific Research
    • Rick Kuhn, NIST
  • Sociotechnical Security and Privacy
    • Heather Richter Lipford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Jessica Staddon, Google
  • Systems Attacks and Defenses
    • Davide Balzarotti, EURECOM
    • William Enck, North Carolina State University
    • Angelos Stavrou, George Mason University
    • Sam King, University of California at Davis
  • Last Word
    • Bruce Schneier, Resilient Systems
    • Steven M. Bellovin, Columbia University
    • Daniel E. Geer Jr., In-Q-Tel

The on-line list of the Editorial Board is also on the IEEE S&P webpages here

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