Instructions for Authors
A paper submitted to TCHES must be written in English and be anonymous,
with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, or any identifying
citations. It should begin with a title, a short abstract, and a list
of keywords. The introduction should summarise the contributions of the
paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader.
Submissions should be typeset in the LaTeX style available at
noting that TCHES only accepts electronic submission in PDF format.
TCHES accepts two forms of paper, termed short and long; the page limit
(excluding bibliography) is 20 and 40 pages respectively. In either
case, authors are encouraged to include supplementary material needed to
validate the content (e.g., test vectors or source code) as an appendix:
this material will not be included in the page count. In allowing long
papers, the goal is to support cases where extra detail (e.g., proofs,
or experimental results) is deemed essential.
Long papers need to be marked as such by checking the respective box in
the submission system. Authors of long papers should be aware that
the review process may take longer: a decision may, at the discretion of
the editors-in-chief(s), be deferred to the subsequent volume.
The review process for TCHES, Volume 2021, Issues 1–4, will be governed by the following regulations:
There are no longer restrictions on the number of papers members of the
TCHES editorial board may submit per deadline (co-authored or otherwise);
editor(s)-in-chief may not submit papers during their tenure.
TCHES follows IACR policy
with respect to irregular submissions: any submission deemed to be
irregular (e.g., which has been submitted, in parallel, to another
conference with proceedings), will be instantly rejected.
IACR reserves the right to share information about
submissions with other program committees and editorial boards to
ensure strict enforcement of the policy.
TCHES follows IACR policy
with respect to conflicts of interest that could prevent impartial
review. A conflict of interest is considered to occur automatically
whenever one (co-)author of a submitted paper and a TCHES editorial board member
For an interpretation of the above reasons, please refer to the
IACR policy on CoIs.
Note that conflicts may also arise for reasons other than those just listed.
Examples include closely related technical work,
cooperation in the form of joint projects or grant applications,
business relationships, close personal friendships, instances of personal enmity.
- were advisee/advisor at any time,
- have been affiliated to the same institution in the past 2 years,
- have published 2 or more jointly authored papers in the past 3 years,
- are immediate family members,
Full transparency is of utmost importance, authors and reviewers must
disclose to the chairs or editor any circumstances that they think may
create bias, even if it does not raise to the level of a CoI.
At the time of submission, authors are required to
- make a declaration regarding any conflicts of interest
(including reasons for the conflict),
guarantee they will deliver a presentation at the associated
CHES conference if their submission is accepted for
publication in TCHES.
Each paper will be double-blind reviewed by at least four members
of the TCHES editorial board.
In order to improve the quality of the review process, authors are
given the opportunity to submit a rebuttal (between the indicated
dates) after receiving the associated reviews.
The review process outcome is either an outright accept or reject
decision, or one of two deferred decision types.
means the paper is conditionally accepted, and assigned a shepherd to verify the revision is adequate,
means the authors are invited to submit a revision of their article to one of the following two submission deadlines;
a later re-submission will be treated as a new paper.
When submitting a major revision, follow the instructions in the submission
system to indicate that the paper is a major revision and to provide the ID of
the earlier submission.
To ensure consistency, the reviewers assigned for a revised paper
are ideally the same as for the original.
Resubmission of papers that have previously been rejected from TCHES is only
allowed after major modifications and approval by the Editors-in-Chief prior
Authors of submitted papers are also highly encouraged to
check the TCHES FAQ
for answers to questions related to policy and procedures governing CHES.