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HistoCrypt 2020     
June 15–17, Budapest, Hungary             

Call for papers


Website: https://www2.lingfil.uu.se/histocrypt2020/
Submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=histocrypt2020

Contact: histocrypt2020@cl.lingfil.uu.se

The International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt 2020) invites submissions of long and short papers to its annual conference on historical cryptology. The conference will be held in June 15-17, 2020 at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. Please mark your calendars.

HistoCrypt addresses all aspects of historical cryptography/cryptanalysis including work in closely related disciplines (such as history, history of ideas, computer science, AI,(computational) linguistics, or image processing) that is sufficiently formalized or applied, with relevance to historical ciphertexts and codes.

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.

Conference highlights

As part of the conference, we are happy to announce the invited keynote speakers:

  • David Kenyon
    Research Historian at Bletchley Park and Associate Lecturer in History at Brunel University, author of the recently published Bletchley Park and D-Day.
  • Liza Mundy
    Journalist and author of the recently published Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.
  • Prof. Gerhard F. Strasser
    Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania University.


In connection to the conference a workshop on "The language of the Rohonc Codex" will be held on June 15, 2020. For more information, please visit


HistoCrypt 2020 represents a continuation of the highly successful European Historical Ciphers Colloquiums (EuroHCC) held in Heusenstamm (2012), Kassel (2016), and Smolenice (2017). Considering EuroHCC's growing popularity among the crypto historians and cryptographers and the established HICRYPT network on historical cryptology with over 100 members from 25 countries around the world, we established HistoCrypt as an annual, international event. The first event in the series took place in 2018 at Uppsala University, Sweden, and the second event was held in Mons, Belgium in 2019.


We invite paper submissions in three distinct tracks:

  • regular papers up to 10 pages (including references) on substantial, original, and unpublished research, including evaluation results, where appropriate;
  • short papers up to 4 pages (including references) on smaller, focused contributions, work in progress, negative results, surveys, tutorials, or opinion pieces;
  • short papers up to 4 pages (including references) on system demonstrations (demo), crypto-artifacts, such as books, crypto devices that you wish to demonstrate during the conference. For artifacts, a description of the need of space and security is required.

Presentations of accepted papers are either oral, poster, or demo, which will be decided by the program committee.

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be included in the HistoCrypt 2020 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: https://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: https://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/index.en.asp#tab4. Paper submissions that violate these requirements will be returned without review.


  • Sunday, February 2, 2020: Submission of Papers
  • Monday, March 30, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020: Camera-Ready Manuscripts
  • June 15-17, 2020: Main Conference and workshops

Submission formats

All submissions must follow the HistoCrypt 2020 style files, which are available for LaTeX (preferred) and MS Word and can be retrieved from the following address:

Submissions shall be anonymous, i.e. not reveal author(s) on the title page or through self-references.

Papers must be submitted digitally, in PDF, and uploaded through the on-line conference system. The page limits for submissions are: up to ten pages for regular papers, up to four pages for short papers including bibliographic references. Paper 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:

  • Sunday, February 2, 2020 23:59 CET

HistoCrypt utilizes the EasyChair conference management system for submission, reviewing, and preparation of proceedings. Submission for the conference will open December 1, 2019 at:

Program committee

Reviewing of submissions and selection of the conference program will be managed by the HistoCrypt 2020 Program Committee. All submissions will receive at least two double-blind reviews by experts in the field.

  • Beáta Megyesi (program chair), Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Carola Dahlke, Deutsches Museum, Germany
  • Bernhard Esslinger, University of Siegen, Germany
  • Benedek Láng, University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • George Lasry, The CrypTool Team, Germany
  • Dermot Turing, Kellogg College, Oxford, UK

To inquire about the submission and reviewing process or generally the scientific program of the conference, please email

Local organization

  • Benedek Láng (local chair)
  • Anna Lehofer

For all practical inquiries, please email to: histocrypt2020@cl.lingfil.uu.se.




Last update 2020-01-22