Paper Submission

Criminalists, forensic scientists, police officers, attorneys, researchers, students and other Information Security professionals that are actively engaged in cyber crime investigations are invited to submit their practice, research and experience papers for publication in the ICoFCS, keeping the community apprised of the latest techniques and discoveries in Forensic Computer Science.

In addition to research reports, survey papers, new software reviews, and new book reviews are also of interest. You can access the submission system at http://www.iccyber.org/submission.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: July 13, 2008
Acceptance Notification: August 08, 2008
Camera-ready: August 17, 2008
Conference: September 24, 25 & 26, 2008

 

Submission of Papers

Papers should be submitted via the conference web site at www.iccyber.org/submission. Upon registering and submitting an abstract, authors will be sent a login and password via email, together with detailed instructions about how to submit their full paper electronically. Authors must then submit a formatted electronic version of their paper through this website no later than June 30th, 2008. Papers submitted by email or fax will not be accepted.

Submissions received after the deadlines or that do not meet the length or formatting requirements detailed in the submission webpage may not be accepted for review. Notification of receipt of the electronic paper will be mailed to the author soon after receipt.

Final camera-ready PDFs of accepted papers for ICCyber 2008 will be due on August 15th, 2008.

Download the preliminary call for papers:
- PDF Format
- TXT Format

 

Reviewing Process

All papers must be submitted electronically as PDFs by June 30th, 2008 as instructed in the conference website: www.iccyber.org/submission.

Each submitted paper will receive an initial review to determine whether the topic and treatment are appropriate for the Conference. It will then be evaluated by three or more independent reviewers (double-blind review), randomly selected by the Program Committee’s members and the additional reviewers.

The double-blind review policy means that the reviewers and authors do not know each other's identity. To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this Conference, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being revealed to each other. This involves the authors checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and PDF document submitted:

  • The authors of the document should delete their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  • The authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu when generating the PDF document.

 

Acceptance Policy

Acceptance of a submitted paper will be based on all received input from reviewers regarding significance of the paper, innovation, technical quality and clarity. The acceptance policy is oriented by:

  • The majority rule, when there is disagreement among the reviewers with regards to acceptance of a given submission.
  • Non-acceptance of the submission when there is agreement among its reviewers to not accept it.
  • Acceptance of the paper when in doubt (a draw or a tie among the opinions of the reviewers, for example).

The reasoning supporting this acceptance policy is based on the following well established facts:

  • Disagreement among reviewers is common
  • There is a significant probability of refusing high quality papers when the acceptance policy is oriented in such a way as to accept only those papers with no disagreement for their acceptance
  • The potential for possible plagiarism (of some non-ethical reviewers) of the content of non-accepted papers.

The best papers, after possible suggestions for modifications (of content/format) and extensions, may also be invited to publish in the International Journal of Forensic Computer Science (http://www.IJoFCS.org).

Authors are expected to present their work in person at the conference and must have at least one registration per paper in order to be included in the proceedings. Authors of successful submissions will be given 30 minutes to present their work.

Any error that results in the non-inclusion of a paper that should have been included in the paper proceedings will be corrected including such a paper in the electronic version of the conference proceedings volume.

Guidelines for Audio-visual Presentations

Each presentation room will have the following equipment: video projector (beamer), PC running Windows XP with PowerPoint 2003, OpenOffice 2.0.4 (Impress) and Acrobat reader, a microphone, and a screen. Any other equipment, if needed, will have to be supplied by the presenter. Projectors for 35 mm slides and/or overhead projectors, for example, will NOT be available.

Presenters must use either a thumb/pen USB drive and/or a CD-ROM to download their presentations.

For all presentations, the minimum font is 20 point (28 point is recommended for headers). Animation features can be used sparingly to increase the attention of the audience. You can also use video files linked to your presentation (Mpeg1: PAL or NTSC, Mpeg2: PAL or NTSC, Mpeg4+: DivX Version 5.1). Please do not use: Cinepak Codec (Mac or PC), Intel Indeo, Quicktime Movies, special hardware codecs.

 

Best Paper Award

The best paper will be selected based on input from the reviewers and conference organizing committee. Papers will be judged for their clarity, innovation of work, paper's potential importance in the field of Forensic Computer Science and its practical impact on Cyber Crime investigation/combat. The best paper award it will be granted with an award of R$2.500,00 (approx. US$1,450), an award plaque, certificate, regular air tickets for one of the authors, up to a three night stay at the conference hotel (for one of the authors including breakfast and lunch) and a per diem allowance of R$130,00 (approx. US$75). According to the quality of the reviewed papers, a first runner-up and second runner-up may be awarded if the reviewers and conference committee judge it to be appropriate. The first runner-up and second runner-up, if approved by the conference organizing committee, may be awarded with the trip and hotel expenses for one of the authors (breakfast and lunch included) and per diem allowance of R$130,00 (approx. US$75).

 

Paper Submission

For more details about paper submission, please visit the Call For Papers page.