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SOUPS 2015 : Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security


Conference Series : Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security
When Jul 22, 2015 - Jul 24, 2015
Where Ottawa, Canada
Abstract Registration Due Mar 6, 2015
Submission Deadline Mar 13, 2015
Notification Due Apr 20, 2015
Final Version Due Jun 12, 2015
Categories    privacy   security   usability

Call For Papers

The 2015 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will bring together an
interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer
interaction, security, and privacy. The program will feature:

- technical papers,
- a poster session,
- panels and invited talks,
- lightning talks and demos, and
- workshops and tutorials.

This year SOUPS will be held at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
See a full list of important dates below.

(see the SOUPS website for details on other types of submissions)

Paper Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015, 5pm US Pacific time
Paper Submission Deadline: March 13, 2015, 5pm US Pacific time
Rebuttal Period: April 20-24, 2015, 5pm US Pacific time
Paper Notifications: May 19, 2015
Camera Ready Deadline: June 12, 2015
Anonymization: Papers MUST be anonymized
Length: 12 pages excluding bibliography & non-essential appendices (20 pgs max)
Formatting: Use SOUPS MS Word or LaTeX templates

We invite authors to submit original papers describing research or experience in
all areas of usable privacy and security. We welcome a variety of research
methods, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Topics
include, but are not limited to:

- innovative security or privacy functionality and design,
- new applications of existing models or technology,
- field studies of security or privacy technology,
- usability evaluations of new or existing security or privacy features,
- security testing of new or existing usability features,
- longitudinal studies of deployed security or privacy features,
- studies of administrators or developers and support for security and privacy,
- the impact of organizational policy or procurement decisions, and
- lessons learned from the deployment and use of usable privacy and
security features,
- reports of replicating previously published studies and experiments,
- reports of failed usable security studies or experiments, with the focus
on the lessons learned from such experience.

All submissions must relate to both human aspects and either security or
privacy. Papers on security or privacy applications that do not address
usability or human factors will not be considered.

Papers need to describe the purpose and goals of the work, cite related work,
show how the work effectively integrates usability and security or privacy,
and clearly indicate the innovative aspects of the work or lessons learned as
well as the contribution of the work to the field.

Papers must use the SOUPS formatting template (available for MS Word or LaTeX)
and be up to 12 pages in length, excluding the bibliography and any supplemental
appendices. Authors have the option to attach to their paper supplemental
appendices containing study materials (e.g. surveys) that would not otherwise
fit within the body of the paper. These appendices may be included to assist
reviewers who may have questions that fall outside the stated contribution of
your paper, on which your work is to be evaluated. Reviewers are not required
to read any appendices so your paper should be self contained without them.
Accepted papers will be published online with their supplemental appendices
included. Submissions must be no more than 20 pages including bibliography and
appendices. For the body of your paper, brevity is appreciated, as evidenced by
the fact that many papers in prior years have been well under this limit.
All submissions must be in PDF format and should not be blinded.

Submit your paper electronically at

Anonymization: Reviewing is double blind: Author names and affiliations should
not appear on the title page, and papers should avoid revealing the authors'
identity in the text. Any references to the authors' own work should be made
in the third person. Contact the program chairs at
if you have any questions.

Submissions that violate these requirements may be rejected without review.

Registering & submitting your paper: Technical papers must be registered by
5pm, US Pacific time, March 6 and submitted by 5pm, US Pacific time, March 13.
These are hard deadlines! (Registering a paper in the submission system requires
filling out all the fields that describe the submission, but does not require
uploading a PDF of the paper.) Authors will be notified of technical paper
acceptance by May 19, and camera-ready final versions of technical papers
will be due June 12.

Rebuttals: This year, authors of submitted SOUPS papers will be given a
chance to see and correct factual errors in early-round reviews during the
rebuttal period, April 20-24.

Accepted papers will be published by the USENIX Association, and will be
freely available on the USENIX and SOUPS websites. Authors will retain
copyright of their papers. Submitted papers must not significantly overlap
papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a
peer-reviewed venue or publication. Any overlap between your submitted paper
and other work either under submission or previously published must be
documented in a clearly-marked explanatory note at the front of the paper.
State precisely how the two works differ in their goals, any use of shared
experiments or data sources, and the unique contributions. If the other work
is under submission elsewhere, the program committee may ask to review that
work to evaluate the overlap. Please note that program committees frequently
share information about papers under review and reviewers usually work on
multiple conferences simultaneously. As technical reports are not peer
reviewed they are exempt from this rule. You may also release pre-prints
of your accepted work to the public at your discretion.

Authors are encouraged to review: Common Pitfalls in Writing about Security
and Privacy Human Subjects Experiments, and How to Avoid Them. Note that
this paper addresses research work taking an experimental and quantitative
approach, with hypothesis testing and statistical inference. However,
SOUPS welcomes submissions that take other approaches, and recognizes
that other methodological considerations will be appropriate.

User experiments should follow the basic principles of ethical research,
e.g., beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society
while minimizing harm to the individual), minimal risk (appropriateness of
the risk versus benefit ratio), voluntary consent, respect for privacy,
and limited deception. Authors are encouraged to include in their
submissions explanation of how ethical principles were followed, and may
be asked to provide such an explanation should questions arise during
the review process.

Technical Papers Committee

Robert Biddle, Carleton University, Canada (co-chair)
Sunny Consolvo, Google, USA (co-chair)
Richard Beckwith, Intel, USA
Joseph Bonneau, Princeton University, USA
Sonia Chiasson, Carleton University, Canada
Paul Dunphy, Newcastle University, UK
Serge Egelman, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Will Enck, North Carolina State University, USA
Alain Forget, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Simson Garfinkel, US Naval Postgraduate School, USA
Cormac Herley, Microsoft Research, USA
Iulia Ion, Google, USA
Maritza Johnson, Google, USA
Adrienne Porter Felt, Google, USA
Emilee Rader, Michigan State University, USA
Rob Reeder, Google, USA
Michael Reiter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Matthew Smith, University of Bonn, Germany
Frank Stajano, University of Cambridge, UK
Janice Tsai, Microsoft Research, USA
Kami Vaniea, Indiana University, USA
David Wagner, University of California Berkeley, USA
Rick Wash, Michigan State University, USA


Early registration deadline - June 19
Conference - July 22-24

Technical papers
Paper registration deadline - March 6, 5pm US Pacific time - papers must be registered!
Paper submission deadline - March 13, 5pm US Pacific time (hard deadline!)
Rebuttal period - April 20-24, 5pm US Pacific time
Notification of paper acceptance - May 19
Camera ready papers due - June 12

Submission deadline - May 26, 5pm US Pacific time
Notification of acceptance - June 9

Tutorials and workshops
Proposal submission deadline - January 30
Notification of proposal acceptance - February 20
Workshop paper submission deadline - May 26
Notification of workshop paper acceptance - June 9
Camera ready papers due - June 20

Panels and invited talks
Panel proposal submission deadline - January 30
Speaker suggestion submission deadline - January 30

Lightning talks and demos
Early submission deadline - May 26
Early submission notification - June 9
Submissions received after May 26 will be considered until the program is full.

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