CHES 2021

September 12–15, 2021 (tentative)

Beijing, China

Paper Submission

Instructions for Authors

1. Format

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 https://tches.iacr.org/index.php/TCHES/submission, 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.

2. Regulations

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
    • 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,
    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.
  • 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
    1. make a declaration regarding any conflicts of interest (including reasons for the conflict), and
    2. 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. Specifically, "minor revision" means the paper is conditionally accepted, and assigned a shepherd to verify the revision is adequate, "major revision" 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 to submission.
  • Authors of submitted papers are also highly encouraged to check the TCHES FAQ for answers to questions related to policy and procedures governing CHES.

Important Dates (tentative)

 All submission deadlines are at 23:59:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE).

 Schedule for TCHES Volume 2021/1
15 July 2020

Submission deadline

17–21 August 2020

Rebuttal phase

15 September 2020

Notification

14 October 2020

Final version due

 Schedule for TCHES Volume 2021/2
15 October 2020

Submission deadline

16–20 November 2020

Rebuttal phase

15 December 2020

Notification

14 January 2021

Final version due

 Schedule for TCHES Volume 2021/3
15 January 2021

Submission deadline

15–19 February 2021

Rebuttal phase

15 March 2021

Notification

14 April 2021

Final version due

 Schedule for TCHES Volume 2021/4
15 April 2021

Submission deadline

17–21 May 2021

Rebuttal phase

15 June 2021

Notification

14 July 2021

Final version due

 Conference Dates
September 12–15, 2021 (tentative)

CHES 2021

For further details, consult the paper submission page.

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