Journal of Computer Security

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24; 6 issues
Last issue (volume 23:6) online on 18 December 2015
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Next issue (volume 24:1) scheduled for February 2016
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Computer & Communication Sciences, Computer Science, Computer Security, Science & Technology Policy
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New Service for Journal of Computer Security: IOS Pre-Press
Journal of Computer Security (JCS) is covered by the IOS Pre-Press service. Shortly after acceptance, JCS articles are prepublished online on the IOS Press full-text journal website, well in advance of their final print and online form. Articles are assigned a unique DOI number, which makes them searchable and citable, significantly reducing the time it takes for critical discoveries to reach the research community.

The Journal of Computer Security presents research and development results of lasting significance in the theory, design, implementation, analysis, and application of secure computer systems. It also provides a forum for ideas about the meaning and implications of security and privacy, particularly those with important consequences for the technical community.

The journal provides an opportunity to publish articles of greater depth and length than is possible in the proceedings of various existing conferences, while addressing an audience of researchers in computer security who can be assumed to have a more specialized background than the readership of other archival publications. The journal welcomes contributions on all aspects of computer security: confidentiality, integrity, and assurance of service - that is, protection against unauthorized disclosure or modification of sensitive information, or denial of service. Of interest is a precise understanding of security policies through modelling, as well as the design and analysis of mechanisms for enforcing them, and the architectural principles of software and hardware systems implementing them.


Prof. Pierangela Samarati
Department of Computer Science
Università degli Studi di Milano
Via Bramante 65
Crema, I-26013

Prof. Andrew Myers
428 Gates Hall
Department of Computer Science
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-7501

Founding Editors

Prof. Sushil Jajodia
Center for Secure Information Systems
George Mason University

Dr. Jonathan Millen
MITRE Cooperation

Associate Editors

Vijay Atluri, Rutgers Univ., USA
Gilles Barthe, IMDEA Software Inst., Spain
Carlo Blundo, University of Salerno, Italy
Veronique Cortier, CNRS & Loria, France
Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati, Univ. degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Anupam Datta, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA
Riccardo Focardi, Univ. Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Italy
Simon Foley, Univ. College Cork, Ireland
Deborah Frincke, Univ. of Washington, USA
Ninghui Li, Purdue Univ., USA
Javier Lopez, Univ. of Malaga, Spain
Wenjing Lou, Virginia Tech, USA
David Naccache, Panth´eon-Assas Univ., France
Bart Preneel, Univ. of Leuven, Belgium
Andrei Sabelfeld, Chalmers Univ., Sweden
R. Sekar, Stony Brook Univ., USA
Jessica Staddon, Google, USA
Jaideep Vaidya, Rutgers Univ., USA
Yacov Yacobi, independent researcher, Israel
Moti Yung, Google, USA
Jianying Zhou, Inst. for Infocomm Research, Singapore


Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system in the form of a PDF file.
Authors are encouraged to use the JCS LaTeX style file to follow the formatting rules explained in more detail below.

Submitted manuscripts must represent original material, and no version of the submission can be simultaneously submitted to any conference, journal, or any other publication.  The journal encourages submissions which have not been previously published.  JCS also publishes papers that are significant extensions of outstanding papers published elsewhere (see Prior Publication Policy).

The journal discourages the submission of excessively long papers (longer than 45 pages in JCS format, including figures and references, but excluding appendices), and unnecessary digressions even in shorter papers. The restrictions is to motivate authors to bring out the essence of their papers more clearly, to make it easier for the reviewers and readers. Typical expected length is around 30 pages. Material above 45 pages should be included as an appendix.

Review Process

Submitted papers are evaluated by anonymous referees for originality, relevance, and presentation.  All accepted papers receive at least three reviews.

The journal is committed to provide an editorial decision within 3 months of submission. The reviewing process may take longer for unusually long submissions.

Formatting Rules
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts.

Submitted manuscripts must be formatted to print on either A4 or US Letter sized paper.  Regardless of the size of the paper, the text block must fit within a centered rectangle 15.1cm wide and 19.5cm tall. All content, including figures, tables, and footnotes, must fit within this text block. Text should be printed in a single column using at least an 11 point Roman font on at least 12.375 point leading. We have made available an IOS LaTeX style file (iosart1c.cls) that will format text according to these requirements.

Every page of the manuscript should be numbered. No reference should be made in the text to page numbers.

Symbols and labels used in plots and figures should be easily readable and interpretable when printed; they should not rely on on-screen magnification to be intelligible. Please also avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Prior Publication Policy
Submissions that are extensions of one or more papers (by one or more of the authors) previously appeared elsewhere must have a major value-added extension over what appeared previously. In particular, a submission based on previous publications should have at least 25% new material. This new material should be significant new content: it cannot be simply some rewriting, trivial proofs, or performance figures that offer no new insight. Previous publications should be explicitly referenced in the submission and the added value over them explicitly discussed in the manuscript.

The authors should prepare a single PDF file collating:
- A cover letter detailing the novel added value with respect to previous publications;
- The manuscript under submission;
- Previous papers of which the manuscript being submitted is an extension.

Such PDF file should then be uploaded on mstracker.


Required files for final submissions
After the manuscript has been accepted, the authors should submit the final version as source files, including a word processor file of the text, such as Word or LaTeX. If using LaTeX, please use either the provided jcssubmit document class or the standard article document class and also send a PDF version of the LaTeX file. Regardless of which source format is chosen, submitted manuscripts should follow the formatting rules regarding font size, margins, and line spacing.

Colour figures
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

Open Access option
The IOS Press Open Library® offers authors an Open Access (OA) option. By selecting the OA option, the article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. In the Open Library® the article processing charges are paid in the form of an Open Access Fee. Authors will receive an Open Access Order Form upon acceptance of their article. Open Access is entirely optional.
See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library®.


Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.

Quoting from other publications
An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.


Accepted articles will be placed online as "pre-press" articles shortly after acceptance. This process will occur before the author receives proofs. The pre-press file will remain as the uncorrected proof version until the article is published in an issue and the final published version replaces the pre-press file.

The corresponding author will receive a pdf proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.


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The corresponding author of a contribution to the journal will receive a complimentary PDF Author’s Copy of the article, unless otherwise stated. This PDF copy is watermarked and for personal use only. A free PDF copy will not be provided for conference proceedings and abstract issues. An order form for a PDF file without watermark, reprints or additional journal copies will be provided along with the PDF proof.

If you wish to order reprints of an earlier published article, please contact the publisher for a quotation. IOS Press, Fax: +31 20 687 0019. Email:

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