PoPETs cover image PETS 2016
The 16th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
July 19 – 22, 2016
Darmstadt, Germany


The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy experts from around the world to discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. Papers presented at PETS are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs). PoPETs/PETS addresses the design and realization of privacy services for the Internet and other digital systems and communication networks.

NEW model as of PETS 2015: Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs). PoPETs, a scholarly, open access journal for timely research papers on privacy, has been established as a way to improve reviewing and publication quality while retaining the highly successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by De Gruyter Open, the world's second largest publisher of Open Access academic content, and part of the De Gruyter group, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

NEW as of PoPETs 2016: PoPETs 2016 also solicits submissions for Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers. These are papers that critically review, evaluate, and contextualize work in areas for which a body of prior literature exists, and whose contribution lies in systematizing the existing knowledge in that area. See the cfp for important information about SoK papers.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months on a predictable schedule. Authors are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may be provided with ‘major revision’ decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two submission deadlines. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions. Papers accepted for publication within or before the February deadline round will be presented at that year's symposium. Note that accepted papers must be presented at PETS.

The four deadlines for the 2016 volume of PoPETs are in Apr 2015, Aug 2015, Nov 2015, and Feb 2016.

Important Upcoming Dates

All deadlines are 23:59:59 American Samoa time (UTC-11)

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2015 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 11 – 13, 2016
Author notification: February 1, 2016
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 1, 2016

Issue 4:
Paper submission deadline: February 29, 2016 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 11 – 13, 2016
Author notification: May 2, 2016
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 2, 2016

Papers which were submitted to a previous PoPETs deadline and invited to resubmit after major revisions can submit the revised paper up to two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must however be registered by the usual deadline. All other papers than these revised resubmissions must be submitted by the stated deadline, including papers submitted and rejected from a previous issue. To be considered as a major revision, papers invited to resubmit must be registered in one of the next two rounds following the decision; otherwise the paper will be treated as a new submission.


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