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HistoCrypt 2019

Call for papers


The International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt 2019) invites submissions of long and short papers to its annual conference on historical cryptology. The conference will be held in June 23-26, 2019 in the Mundaneum, Mons, Belgium. Please mark your calendars.

We welcome everybody interested in the field of historical cryptology (classical cryptography and cryptanalysis) to participate in the event. We invite submissions to HistoCrypt, either short or long paper, for presentation at the conference, which will be evaluated by a program committee. The conference's subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • the use of cryptography in military, diplomacy, business, and other areas
  • analysis of historical ciphers with the help of modern computerized methods
  • unsolved historical cryptograms
  • the Enigma and other encryption machines
  • the history of modern (computer-based) cryptography
  • special linguistic aspects of cryptology
  • the influence of cryptography on the course of history
  • teaching and promoting cryptology in schools, universities, and the public

Participation in the conference is mandatory for at least one author of each accepted paper.


We invite paper submissions in three distinct tracks:

  • Research track: For this track, HistoCrypt solicits full papers (up to 10 pages) describing original research. Papers accepted will be included in the HistoCrypt 2019 proceedings.
  • Exposition track: For the exposition track, HistoCrypt solicits proposals (2 to 10 pages) for presentations. The content of a presentation may have been published before.
  • Poster track: The poster track accepts submissions of posters. The PC Chair may also suggest to some authors of rejected papers to turn their submission into a poster.

For accepted exposition and poster submissions, only the titles and authors will be given in the proceedings, and no camera-ready manuscript is required after acceptance.


  • Friday, March 22, 2019: Submission of Papers
  • Friday, May 17, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
  • Monday, May 27, 2019: Camera-Ready Manuscripts (research track only)
  • Sunday-Wednesday, June 23-26, 2019: Conference

Submission formats

All research track and poster track submissions must follow the HistoCrypt 2019 style files, which are available for LaTeX (preferred) and MS Word. The templates from last year can be reused.

Research track and poster track submissions shall be anonymous, i.e. not reveal author(s) on the title page or through self-references.

Exposition track submissions must be handed in as a PDF or MS Word file (the use of a style file is not required). They are not anonymous. They shall contain the name(s) and a short biography of the submitter(s).

Submissions must be uploaded through the online conference system (see below). Submissions that violate the requirements will be returned without review.

Submission management

Submissions to the conference must follow the above requirements and be uploaded electronically no later than: Friday, March 22, 2019 23:59 CET

HistoCrypt utilizes the EasyChair conference management system for submission, reviewing, and preparation of proceedings. Please upload your submission at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=histocrypt2019


Papers accepted for publication at the conference will be included in the HistoCrypt 2019 proceedings, which is published as part of the Northern European Association for Language Technology (NEALT) Proceedings Series (http://omilia.uio.no/nealt/?task=publications) by Linköping University Electronic Press (ECP: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/index.en.asp), as freely available Gold Open Access. Publications in the Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings are ranked on the Norwegian register for scientific journals, series and publishers as Level 1 publications. Please consult the responsibilities of the authors concerning publication ethics and malpractice statement as described on the ECP website: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/index.en.asp#tab4. Paper submissions that violate these requirements will be returned without review.

By submitting the final version of the accepted paper, all authors of the paper agree to publish your paper in the NEALT Proceedings Series electronically by Linköping University Electronic Press.

Program Committee

Reviewing of submissions and selection of the conference program will be managed by the HistoCrypt 2019 Program Committee. All research track and poster submissions will receive at least two double-blind reviews by experts in the field (after the review stage, submissions will be deanonymized). The members of the Program Committee are the following:

  • Paolo Bonavoglia, Mathesis Venezia, c/o Convitto Liceo "Marco Foscarini", Venezia, Italy
  • Bernhard Esslinger, University of Siegen, Germany
  • Camille Desenclos, Université de Haute-Alsace, France
  • Joachim von zur Gathen, Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology, Germany
  • Marek Grajek, Freelance cryptography consultant and historian, Poland
  • Otokar Grosšek, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia
  • Benedek Láng, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • Karl de Leeuw, IDTopiQ, the Netherlands
  • Beáta Megyesi, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Karol Nemoga, Mathematical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
  • Anne-Simone Rous, Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany
  • Klaus Schmeh, private scholar, Germany
  • Gerhard F. Straßer, Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • John Dermot Turing, Bletchley Park Trust, United Kingdom
  • Arno Wacker, Applied Information Security, University of Kassel, Germany

To inquire about the submission and reviewing process or generally the program of the conference, please email klaus@schmeh.org.

Local organization

The HistoCrypt 2019 Local Organizing Committee is headed by Jean-Jacques Quisquater (general chair). For all practical inquiries, please email jjq@uclouvain.be.




Last update 2019-02-22