FSE 2022

20-25 March 2022

Athens, Greece

Call for Papers

General Information

FSE 2022, the 28th annual Fast Software Encryption conference, will take place in Athens, Greece on 20-25 March 2022. FSE 2022 is organized by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).

Original research papers on symmetric cryptology are invited for submission to FSE 2022. The scope of FSE concentrates on fast and secure primitives and modes 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
  • 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.

Starting 2020, ToSC also accepts submissions for addendum and errata papers. Addendum papers aim at extending an existing ToSC paper in a novel, yet succinct way. The title of such papers must begin with “Addendum to”, followed by the title of the initial paper. Errata papers aim at correcting an error in an existing ToSC paper. Their title must begin with “Errata to”, followed by the title of the corrected paper. Addendum and errata papers are limited to 4 pages excluding bibliography and will not be presented at FSE.

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 Bochum in an issue of the newly established journal IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology.

Due to the cancellation of FSE 2021 as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, papers from the following six issues of ToSC will be presented at FSE 2022: 2020(4), 2021(1), 2021(2), 2021(3), 2021(4) and 2022(1).

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 ToSC FAQ page.

This call for papers refers to the last four issues. 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, “major revision” decisions, in which case authors are provided with a list of requested changes that are likely to result in the paper being accepted, or “reject and resubmit” decisions when the reviewers see some potential in the paper, but there are significant issues to address before the paper can be properly evaluated.

In case of “major revision” decision, authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two submission deadlines (respectively one month and four months after the notification), together with a statement explaining how the reviews have been addressed. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions. Major revision papers will be considered to be under review during the four months window after the notification; authors must formally withdraw their paper if they wish to submit it to another journal or a conference/workshop with proceedings. If the paper is resubmitted after more than four months, it will be treated as a new submission.

In case of a “reject and resubmit” decision, the authors can resubmit their article, but must wait at least for the second next submission deadline (four months after the notification), because the paper requires significant editorial or technical changes. These papers are not considered under review, and the revision may receive the same reviewers or different reviewers. Rejected papers can only be resubmitted after significantly improving the results. Authors of rejected papers must wait at least for the third submission deadline (seven months after the notification) before resubmitting.

Papers accepted for publication before the end of January 2022 will be presented at that year’s conference. Note that papers submitted in November can be deferred to the next year’s conference in case of “major revision”. Moreover it is mandatory that accepted papers at the IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology journal are presented at the corresponding FSE event.


A limited number of stipends are available to those unable to obtain funding to attend the conference. Students, whose papers are accepted and who will present the paper themselves, will receive a registration fee waiver funded by the IACR Cryptography Research fund for students; they are encouraged to apply for additional assistance if needed. Requests for stipends should be sent to the general chair.

Program Committee

General Chair


Program Chairs / Co-Editors-in-Chief