Call for Papers

General Information

PKC 2018 is the 21st edition of the International Conference on Practice and Theory of Public Key Cryptography, the main annual conference with an explicit focus on public-key cryptography, sponsored by IACR, the International Association for Cryptologic Research. Original research papers on all aspects of public-key cryptography, covering theory, implementations and applications, are solicited for submission to PKC 2018. Accepted papers will be published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.


October 7, 2017

Submission deadline at 09:59:00 UTC

December 15, 2017

Author notification

January 8, 2018

Proceedings version


Instructions for Authors

Submissions should be prepared using LaTeX and must use the Springer LNCS format with the default margins and font, with the (only) modification that page numbers must be displayed — this can be done by putting \pagestyle{plain} into the preamble.

Submissions may contain at most 30 pages including the title page, bibliography, and figures. Optionally, any amount of clearly marked supplementary material may be supplied, following after the main body of the paper or in separate files; however, reviewers are not required to read or review any supplementary material, and submissions are expected to be intelligible and complete without it. In particular, moving crucial proofs into the supplementary material is discouraged. In cases where this is unavoidable, a short but convincing proof sketch should be provided in the main body. The final published version of an accepted paper is expected to closely match the reviewed portion of the submission.

Submissions should begin with a title and abstract, followed by an introduction that summarizes the paper's contribution in a manner that is understandable to a general cryptographic audience. Submissions must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, or obvious references; all submissions will be blind-refereed. Submissions must not substantially duplicate published work or work that has been submitted in parallel to any other journal or conference/workshop with published proceedings. All submissions to PKC 2018 are viewed as active submissions throughout the entire review period, and may not be submitted to any other journal or conference/workshop with published proceedings before the notification date. Accepted submissions cannot appear in any other conference or workshop that has published proceedings. The IACR reserves the right to share information about submissions with other program committees to check for violations of these rules. The conference will follow the IACR Policy on Irregular Submissions available at https:/ ; authors may wish to consult the IACR Guidelines for Authors available there as well.

  Submissions not meeting all the stated guidelines may be rejected without consideration of their merits.

Papers must be submitted electronically; a detailed description of the submission procedure will be available on the conference webpage. All accepted papers must conform to the Springer publishing requirements, and authors will be required to sign the IACR copyright and consent form available at https:/ when submitting the proceedings version of their paper. By submitting a paper, the authors agree that if the paper is accepted, one of the authors will present the paper at the conference and, in addition, will grant permission to the IACR to distribute the presentation slides as well as an audio/video recording of the presentation as per the IACR copyright and consent form.

Best Paper Award

The Program Committee may choose one or more papers to receive a "Best Paper" award. As usual, such an award will only be given if deserving papers are identified.


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The IACR's Cryptography Research Fund allows us to waive the registration fee for all student presenters of an accepted paper. A limited number of stipends will also be available to students unable to obtain funding to attend the conference. Students in under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Requests for waivers and/or stipends should be addressed to the General Chair and not to the Program Chair.

Program Committee

General Chair