September 6-10, 2021 (all-digital event)

6th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy

Call For Papers

The IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P) is the European sister conference of the established IEEE Symposium on S&P. It is a premier forum for computer security research, presenting the latest developments and bringing together researchers and practitioners. We solicit previously unpublished papers offering novel research contributions in security or privacy. The emphasis of the Symposium is on papers related to building or attacking practical systems, even better if actually deployed, rather than presenting purely theoretical results. For instance, papers may present advances in the design, implementation, analysis, verification, or empirical evaluation and measurement of secure systems. Given the rapidly expanding and maturing security and privacy community, we hope to increase the acceptance rate of papers that are more far-reaching and risky, as long as those papers also show sufficient promise for creating interesting discussions and questioning widely-held beliefs. Papers that shed new light on past results by means of sound theory or through experimentation are also welcome.

Topics of interest include:

This topic list is not meant to be exhaustive. EuroS&P is interested in all aspects of applied computer security and privacy. Papers without a clear application to security or privacy, or purely theoretical, will be considered out of scope and may be rejected without full review.

Systematization of Knowledge Papers

We solicit systematization of knowledge (SoK) papers that evaluate, systematize, and contextualize existing knowledge, as such papers can provide a high value to our community. Suitable papers are those that provide an important new viewpoint on an established, major research area, support or challenge long-held beliefs in such an area with compelling evidence, or present a convincing, comprehensive new taxonomy of such an area. Survey papers without such insights are not appropriate.

Submissions will be distinguished by the prefix "SoK:" in the title and a checkbox on the submission form. They will be reviewed by the full PC and held to the same standards as traditional research papers, except instead of emphasizing novel research contributions the emphasis will be on value to the community. Accepted papers will be presented at the symposium and included in the proceedings.

New: Requirement to Review

New this year, submitting a paper to EuroS&P will imply a commitment by the authors to serve as external reviewers, on request, for other papers submitted to the Symposium. Each set of authors jointly submitting a paper will cumulatively be asked to contribute no more than two external reviews. Requests for external reviews will be for the first round of reviewing (November 6 to December 10, 2020).

This process is being put into place for several reasons, including to help alleviate the review load for PC members, to provide highly expert reviewers on a range of topics, and to provide training for the next generation of PC members (as we expect that many of these external reviews will be by students). If an external review is solicited, a good-faith effort must be made to provide a substantive and timely review; not doing so may risk rejection of the paper whose authors’ are asked to contribute a review. Contact the program committee chairs if there are questions about this policy.

New: Revision Option

At the conclusion of the review process, each paper will be categorized as accepted, accepted with shepherding, rejected, or invited for revision. Papers invited for revision will be those for which the program committee sees a path for revision that is likely to lead to acceptance, even though the submission as evaluated cannot yet be accepted, with or without shepherding. If authors who are invited to do so wish to submit a revised paper, they must do so within four weeks after notification. Revised papers will be re-reviewed by the same set of reviewers that reviewed them originally.

Neither acceptance with shepherding nor invitation to submit a revised paper implies that eventual acceptance is certain.

Best Paper Award

Outstanding paper(s) will be selected by the program committee for the best paper award. The award will be announced at the symposium.

Important Dates

All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (AoE = UTC-12h).

Research Papers
Submission deadline November 5, 2020  No Extensions
Early reject notification December 16, 2020
Rebuttal period January 14-20, 2021
Notification January 30, 2021
Submission of revised papers February 26, 2021
Camera ready deadline March 12, 2021
Conference September 6-10, 2021

Instructions for Paper Submission

Duplicate Submission, Plagiarism, and Withdrawal

All submissions must be original work. Plagiarism (whether of others or self) will be grounds for rejection. The submitter must clearly document any overlap with previously published or simultaneously submitted papers from any of the authors. Failure to point out and explain overlap will be grounds for rejection. Simultaneous submission of the same paper to another venue with proceedings or a journal is not allowed and will be grounds for automatic rejection. Submitting multiple distinct papers is of course allowed. EuroS&P 2021 includes an author response period, which gives authors the chance to comment on reviews their papers received. Papers may not be withdrawn between the start of the author response period and acceptance notification. Contact the program committee chairs if there are questions about this policy.

Anonymous Submission

Papers must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and papers should avoid revealing their identity in the text. When referring to your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were written by someone else. Only blind the reference itself in the (unusual) case that a third-person reference is infeasible. Contact the program chairs if you have any questions. Papers that are not properly anonymized may be rejected without review.

The purpose of anonymous submissions is to give reviewers the chance to read the paper without being biased by knowing the authors. Hence authors are required to ensure that the paper they submit does not, within reason, leak their identity.

However, the process of anonymous submission is considered to be cooperative, not adversarial. Authors are supposed not to put explicit clues to their identity in the paper or otherwise purposefully deanonymize themselves to reviewers and reviewers are supposed not to actively look for the identity of authors, for instance by googling information in the paper. Depositing the paper on arXiv to get a precedence date is allowed, but widely announcing or discussing it (on Twitter, on one's own website, blog etc.) before the accept/reject verdict is discouraged. To avoid accusations of plagiarism, authors who wish to deposit their paper on arXiv should indicate this on the paper submission form.

The Program Chairs reserve the right to reject papers that, in their sole judgement, blatantly violate the requirement for author anonymity.

Page Limit and Formatting

Papers must not exceed 13 pages of text (excluding references) but may run up to 20 pages in total, including the references (mandatory) and appendices (optional). Reviewers are explicitly not expected to read the appendices while deciding whether to accept or reject the paper.

Papers must be typeset in LaTeX in A4 format (not "US Letter") using the IEEE conference proceeding template we supply We suggest you first compile the supplied LaTeX source as is, checking that you obtain the same PDF as the one supplied, and then write your paper into the LaTeX template, replacing the boilerplate text. Please do not use other IEEE templates. Failure to adhere to the page limit and formatting requirements can be grounds for rejection.

Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Authors should pay special attention to unusual fonts, images, and figures that might create problems for reviewers. Your document should render correctly in Adobe Reader XI and when printed in black and white.

Conference Submission Server

Papers must be submitted at and may be updated at any time until the submission deadline expires.

Publication and Presentation

Authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate publication clearances. One of the authors of the accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the conference. Submissions received after the submission deadline or failing to conform to the submission guidelines risk rejection without review.

For more information, contact the program chairs at

Human Subjects Research

If your research contains studies with human subjects, please include a paragraph discussing ethical concerns and approval of your experiments (e.g., IRB approval). Authors are also encouraged to review: Common Pitfalls in Writing about Security and Privacy Human Subjects Experiments, and How to Avoid Them.