37th IEEE Symposium on
Security and Privacy


Call For Papers

Since 1980 in Oakland, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has been the 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 We solicit previously unpublished papers offering novel research contributions in any aspect of security or privacy. Papers may present advances in the theory, design, implementation, analysis, verification, or empirical evaluation and measurement of secure systems.

Topics of interest include:

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

Systematization of Knowledge Papers

As in past years, 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.


The Symposium is also soliciting submissions for co-located workshops. Further details on submissions can be found at

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59:59 EST (UTC-5).

Paper submission deadline November 13, 2015  No Extensions
Early-reject notification and author appeal period January 13-15, 2016 [Updated]
Conference registration opens February, 2016
Acceptance notification February 7, 2016
Approval deadline for shepherded papers February 26, 2016
Early-bird conference registration deadline Mid-April, 2016
Camera-ready deadline March 18, 2016

Instructions for Paper Submission

These instructions apply to both the research papers and systematization of knowledge papers.

All submissions must be original work; 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. Contact the program committee chairs if there are questions about this policy.

NEW THIS YEAR: To encourage authors to submit their very best work, no single author may appear on more than three (3) non-SoK submissions. Authors who wish to submit more than 3 papers must follow a special procedure for bulk submissions, described below. Also, as described below, early rejection with an option to appeal is being introduced, and a “Student PC” is being established.

The Student Program Committee

Following a successful model used at other premier technical conferences, some paper submissions will be reviewed by a “shadow PC” of students and junior researchers, this year chaired by Joseph Bonneau of Stanford University/EFF. For more information see

Early Rejection and Appeals

There will be no conventional rebuttal process. Papers that receive substantially negative initial reviews will be rejected early and, at the same time, the initial reviews of all submissions will be sent to the authors. Authors who substantively disagree with the reviews can appeal to the PC chairs. Authors’ appeals must clearly and explicitly identify concrete disagreements with factual statements in the initial reviews that should be adjudicated by a special arbitration reviewer who may be recruited by the PC chairs. Appealing a submission that was rejected early will keep it under consideration, and it cannot be withdrawn or resubmitted elsewhere until the final notification of acceptance or rejection.

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.

Page Limit and Formatting

Submitted papers may include up to 15 pages of text and up to 5 pages for references and appendices, totalling no more than 20 pages. The same applies to camera-ready papers, although, at the PC chairs’ discretion, additional pages may be allowed for references and appendices. Reviewers are not required to read appendices.

Papers must be formatted for US letter (not A4) size paper. The text must be formatted in a two-column layout, with columns no more than 9.5 in. tall and 3.5 in. wide. The text must be in Times font, 10-point or larger, with 11-point or larger line spacing. Authors are encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates. LaTeX submissions should use IEEEtran.cls version 1.8. 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 9 and when printed in black and white.

Bulk Submissions

Special rules apply to all submissions by authors who submit more than 3 non-SoK papers. If the paper has been previously considered at other conferences, journals, or workshops, the submitted version must include an appendix that lists: (a) the year and full name of those venues, (b) the complete set of reviews, and (c) detailed description of the changes made since. This appendix does not count towards the page limit. By their submission, the authors of these papers acknowledge and accept that the PC chairs may solicit further information about them (e.g., to verify the contents of the appendix) and pass such information on to the PC. Failure to comply with these rules will result in automatic rejection of the bulk submissions without consideration.

Conference Submission Server

Papers must be submitted at and may be updated at any time until the submission deadline. The submission site will open October 14, 2015.

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.

Instructions for camera-ready versions of accepted papers are available here.

Authors of accepted papers must also complete and return the IEEE Copyright Release Form, available here.

For more information, contact the program co-chairs at:

Program Committee


Úlfar Erlingsson Google
Vitaly Shmatikov Cornell Tech


Sadia Afroz ICSI
Davide Balzarotti EURECOM
Adam Barth Google
Karthikeyan Bhargavan INRIA
Joseph Bonneau Stanford / EFF
Nikita Borisov UIUC
Kevin Butler U. of Florida
Steve Checkoway UIC
Haibo Chen SJTU
Adam Chlipala MIT
Nicolas Christin CMU
Manuel Costa MSRC
Emiliano de Cristofaro UCL
Ittay Eyal Cornell
Adrienne Porter Felt Google
Arjun Guha UMass
Andreas Haeberlen UPenn
Nadia Heninger UPenn
Jason Hong CMU
Amir Houmansadr UMass
Brent Kang KAIST
Chris Kanich UIC
Sam King Twitter
Aleksandra Korolova USC
David Lie Toronto
Jay Lorch MSR
Matteo Maffei CISPA, Saarland
David Mazières Stanford
Ilya Mironov Google
Cristina Nita-Rotaru Northeastern
Marcus Peinado MSR
Frank Piessens KU Leuven
Benny Pinkas BIU
Mike Reiter UNC Chapel Hill
Franziska Roesner U. of Washington
Ulrich Rührmair U. of Bochum
Prateek Saxena Singapore
Thomas Schneider TU Darmstadt
Vyas Sekar CMU
Simha Sethumadhavan Columbia
Hovav Shacham ICSI / UCSD
Elaine Shi Cornell
Emin Gun Sirer Cornell
Matthew Smith U. Bonn
Nikhil Swamy MSR
Nina Taft Google
Gang Tan Lehigh
Mohit Tiwari U. of Texas at Austin
Eran Tromer TAU
Carmela Troncoso IMDEA Software
Giovanni Vigna UCSB
Bogdan Warinschi Bristol University
Robert Watson U. of Cambridge
Tao Xie UIUC
Jean Yang CMU
Junfeng Yang Columbia
Ben Zhao UCSB
Yinqian Zhang Ohio State