Policy on irregular submissions
The Communications in Cryptology (CiC) Policy on Irregular Submissions is based on the IACR policy for irregular submissions.
Simultaneous submission of substantially similar papers to multiple venues, resubmission of previously published work, and plagiarism of content, are a serious breach of authors’ ethical obligations to the CiC and the entire IACR - just like other kinds of academic dishonesty or fraud. Such papers not only gain unfair advantage, they waste reviewers’ time and divert attention from other, original, submissions. Virtually all scientific and technical conferences, workshops, and journals prohibit these practices. Violations can have serious consequences for authors of fraudulently submitted papers.
Irregular submissions typically fall in two categories: parallel submissions and plagiarism.
A parallel or double submission occurs when an author or a group of authors submit essentially the same material to one or more other publication venues with overlapping reviewing periods. This may be identified at any time during the reviewing process. Such submissions will be rejected immediately when detected and a report will be made to the IACR Ethics Committee. The authors are not allowed to submit any material to the CiC for the next four issues. Harsher actions against the submitters might be taken based on the outcome of the investigation of the Ethics Committee. The EiCs of the CiC will notify the other publication venue(s) about this double submission.
Note that making a preprint available online via public archiving services without a formal review process, for example via the IACR ePrint archive, is not considered a parallel submission in this context.
Submitting substantial parts of existing publications virtually unchanged and without the addition of new material, by other “author(s)” without proper attribution of the source, constitutes plagiarism. Such submissions will be rejected immediately when detected and a report will be made to the IACR Ethics Committee. The authors are not allowed to submit any material to the CiC for at least four issues. Harsher actions against the submitters might be taken. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, revocation of authors membership of the IACR, barring the authors from submitting to, or participating in, events of the IACR for a period of time, contacting the authors’ institution(s), and publication of the details of such cases.