Call For Papers

SAC 2009 Call for Papers

August 13–14, 2009
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Workshop on Selected Areas in Cryptography (SAC) is an annual conference dedicated to
specific themes in the area of cryptographic system design and analysis. SAC 2009 will take place
on August 13–14, 2009, at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.

Authors are encouraged to submit original papers related to the themes for the SAC 2009 workshop:

  1. Design and analysis of symmetric key primitives and cryptosystems, including block and stream ciphers, hash functions, and MAC algorithms.
  2. Efficient implementations of symmetric and public key algorithms.
  3. Mathematical and algorithmic aspects of applied cryptology.
  4. Privacy enhancing cryptographic systems.

Submissions must not substantially duplicate work that any of the authors has published elsewhere
or has submitted in parallel to any other journal, conference, or workshop that has proceedings.
Information about submissions may be shared with program chairs of other conferences for that
purpose. Accepted submissions may not appear in any other conference or workshop that has

The proceedings will be published in Springer-Verlag’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) Series. As in previous years, the workshop record will be available to participants during the workshop. Instructions about the preparation of a final proceedings version will be sent to the authors of accepted papers.

Important dates

Submission deadline May 22, 2009
Notification of decision July 7, 2009
Preproceedings version deadline July 27, 2009
Workshop August 13–14, 2009
Final version deadline August 31, 2009

Instructions for Authors

  • Papers must be submitted electronically. Details about the submission process will be given on the conference web site.
  • The submission must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references.
  • The length of the submission should be at most 12 pages excluding bibliography and appendices. It should be in single-column format, use at least 11-point fonts, and have reasonable margins. The total length should not exceed 20 pages.
  • The submission must be written in English, should begin with a title, a short abstract, and
    a list of keywords. The introduction should summarize the contributions of the paper at a
    level appropriate for a non-specialist reader. Committee members are not required to read appendices; the paper should be intelligible without them.
  • As the conference proceedings will be published by Springer, we recommend that the submission be typeset using LaTeX and the LNCS style available from the Springer web site (, follow the “For Authors” link). Submissions should be in PDF (a .pdf file) or PostScript (a .ps file) format.
  • If at all possible, the paper should use Type 1 (outline) fonts rather than Type 3 (bitmap) fonts.

Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Neither late submissions, submissions by email, nor hardcopy submissions will be accepted. Authors unable to submit electronically or who cannot use LaTeX should contact the co-chairs by April 30, 2009. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the workshop.


A limited number of stipends are available to those unable to obtain funding to attend the workshop.
Students, whose papers are accepted and who will present the paper themselves are encouraged
to apply if such assistance is needed. Requests for stipends should be addressed to one of
the co-chairs.

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