FSE 2020

November 9-13 2020


Call for Papers

General Information

FSE 2020 is the 27th edition of Fast Software Encryption conference, and one of the conferences organized by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). FSE 2020 will take place virtually on November 9-13 2020.

The scope of FSE concentrates on fast and secure primitives for symmetric cryptography, including the design and analysis of block ciphers, stream ciphers, encryption schemes, hash functions, message authentication codes, (cryptographic) permutations, authenticated encryption schemes, cryptanalysis and evaluation tools, and security issues and solutions regarding their implementation.

Since 2017, FSE also solicits submissions for Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers. These papers aim at reviewing and contextualizing the existing literature in a particular area in order to systematize the existing knowledge in that area. To be considered for publication, they must provide an added value beyond prior work, such as novel insights or reasonably questioning previous assumptions.

Special Issue on Designs for the NIST Lightweight Standardisation Process

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is currently running a standardisation process for new lightweight cryptography algorithms. This process started with a call for algorithms that received 57 submissions in February 2019, and 32 of them advanced to the second round in August 2019.

This special issue of the IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology will be devoted to algorithms designed for this standardisation effort, and selected in the second round of the competition.

Call for papers (pdf) Special issue (pdf)

Publication Model

From 2017, FSE has moved to an open-access journal/conference hybrid model. Submitted articles undergo a journal-style reviewing process. Accepted papers are published in Gold Open Access (free availability from day one) by the Ruhr University of Bochum in an issue of the newly established journal IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology.

The yearly FSE event will consist of presentations of the articles accepted to the journal IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology, as well as invited talks and social activities. This new model has been established as a way to improve reviewing and publication quality while retaining the highly successful community event FSE. For any further information, please view the FAQ page.

For FSE 2020, authors can submit papers to the IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology four times, every three months on a predictable schedule. Authors are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may be provided with "minor revision" decisions, in which case the paper is conditionally accepted and an assigned shepherd will verify if the changes are applied, or "major revision" decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two submission deadlines, otherwise the paper will be treated as a new submission. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions.

Papers accepted for publication before the end of January 2020 will be presented at that year's conference. Note that it is mandatory that accepted papers at the IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology journal are presented at the corresponding FSE event.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors, program committee members, and reviewers must follow the IACR Policy on Conflicts of Interest.

In particular, the authors of each submission are asked during the submission process to identify all members of the Program Committee who have an automatic conflict of interest (COI) with the submission. A reviewer and an author have an automatic COI if:

  • one was the thesis advisor/supervisor of the other
  • or if they have shared an institutional affiliation within the last two years
  • or if they have published two or more joint authored works within the last three years
  • or if they are in the same family

Further COIs are possible, see the IACR Policy on Conflicts of Interest. It is the responsibility of all authors to ensure correct reporting of COI information. Submissions with incorrect or incomplete COI information may be rejected without consideration of their merits.

Program Committee

General Chair


Program Co-Chairs