TCC 2020

Nov 16-19 2020


Call for Papers

The Eighteenth Theory of Cryptography Conference is sponsored by the the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). Papers presenting original research on foundational and theoretical aspects of cryptography are sought. For more information about TCC, see the TCC manifesto.

Original contributions on all technical aspects of cryptology are solicited for submission to TCC 2020, the Theory of Cryptography Conference. Submissions are welcomed on any cryptographic topic including but not limited to:

  • study of known paradigms, approaches, and techniques, directed towards their better understanding and utilization
  • discovery of new paradigms, approaches and techniques that overcome limitations of the existing ones
  • formulation and treatment of new cryptographic problems
  • study of notions of security and relations among them
  • modeling and analysis of cryptographic algorithms
  • study of the complexity assumptions used in cryptography

The Theory of Cryptography Conference is dedicated to providing a premier venue for the dissemination of results within its scope. The conference aims to provide a meeting place for researchers and to be instrumental in shaping the identity of the theoretical cryptography community.

Important Dates

May 26 2020

Submission deadline at 22:59 UTC

Sep 4 2020

Final notification

Sep 28 2020

Final version due

Nov 16 2020

Conference begins

For further details, consult the paper submission page.

Best young researcher paper award

This prize is for the best paper authored solely by young researchers, where a young researcher is a person that at the time of the paper's submission is at most two years past his/her graduation from a PhD program. Eligibility must be indicated at the time of submission (using a checkbox in the submission form). The program committee may decline to make the award, or may split it among several papers.


Proceedings will be published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) with Springer. The online version will be available to all conference attendees. Physical books will be available after the conference for a separate fee. Instructions for preparing the final proceedings version will be sent to the authors of accepted papers. The final copies of the accepted papers will be due on the camera-ready deadline listed above. This is a strict deadline, and authors should prepare accordingly.

Conflict of Interest Policy

A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which a person is involved in multiple interests, one of which could affect the judgment of that individual. A general rule is that anyone is considered in conflict if a reasonable person would question the individual as an impartial reviewer, once relevant information is given. As the submissions to TCC are not anonymous we do not ask the authors to declare COI in the submission; instead we require reviewers to declare a COI.

We say that a reviewer has an automatic COI with an author if:

A program committee member with an automatic COI with an author of a paper is blocked from seeing the discussion on the paper. Program committee members and any other reviewer will also need to declare any other COI (e.g., collaboration on recent papers).

If the authors feel that certain experts are strongly biased against their paper, they should inform the PC chairs about it by email. The PC chairs reserve the right to request a more specific description of a COI declaration from authors.

Program Committee

General Chair

Program Co-Chairs