About the IACR
The International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting the promotion of the science of cryptology. Cryptology is the science of the making and breaking of encryption algorithms, but in the modern world it encompasses so much more. You use cryptology all the time, when banking, when using a mobile phone, when opening your car door. You are even using it now when you are reading this web page.
- All IACR decisions are made by its Board of Directors
- The organization is run according to its Bylaws, Guidelines and Policies
- The IACR Logo is based on the Grille Cipher.
- Being an organization focused on developing privacy solutions for the coming decades we take your privacy very seriously.
Publications of IACR
IACR maintains multiple forms of publications:
Journal of Cryptology
This is the premier academic journal in the field of cryptology. According to ISI it is also one of the top journals in the whole of Theoretical Computer Science. The journal is edited by an independent Editorial Board appointed by the Editor in Chief. The Editor in Chief is appointed by the IACR Board and then sits on the Board as one of the board members.
The IACR Newsletter is published two or three times a year and only available electronically. It is sent to IACR members by email (as HTML and ASCII text) and published on the web.
Since 2000 the copyright of all IACR conferences and workshops is held by IACR. This means that we can make the proceedings freely available on the web via our IACR Archive. All proceedings should be available after a two year publication window provided by us to Springer.
Proceedings from IACR conferences and workshops
Proceedings of IACR conferences and workshops are published by Springer in their LNCS series. Publication in an IACR proceedings is very prestigious and equivalent to a journal publication in other disciplines. From 2000 our proceedings can also be found in the IACR Archive (see below), after a two year delay.
Cryptology ePrint Archive
To enable timely dissemination of research results the IACR has established an online paper repository called the Cryptology ePrint Archive. Papers published there undergo no scientific reviewing process. Some papers may be published there long before they appear in a peer-reviewed publication venue; the eprint archive also contains different versions of papers published elsewhere (including corrected or full versions containing details not found), or the “final” author versions of papers that are will be published in other venues.
Awards of the IACR
The IACR recognizes outstanding technical and professional achievements and contributions through multiple kinds of awards. The primary award is the IACR Fellows Program, but this is supplemented by the IACR Distinguished Lecture series, Best Paper Awards at IACR and Invited Talks at IACR conferences and workshops.
IACR Fellows Program
This program recognizes outstanding IACR members for technical and professional contributions to cryptologic research. Each year a set of Fellows is appointed, chosen by the IACR Fellows committee.
IACR Distinguished Lecture
The annual IACR Distinguised Lecture is given each year by someone who has made important contributions to cryptologic research. The choice of the Distinguished Lecturer is made by the Board of Directors.
Best Paper Awards
The Best Paper (or Best Papers) Awards are chosen by the Program Committees of IACR conferences and workshops.
Most IACR-organized conferences and workshops select invited presentations by the leaders of the field. The corresponding program chair and program committee are responsible for their choice. Being invited to talk at an IACR conference or workshop is a prestigious honor for the speaker. See this list of invited speakers at cryptology conferences (provided by Wikipedia).