Call for Papers: Quantum Cryptanalysis of Symmetric Ciphers

Special issue on 

"Quantum Cryptanalysis of Symmetric Ciphers"

in the journal 

"CCDS, Springer"

Cryptography and Communications - Discrete Structures, Boolean Functions and Sequences

Over the last four decades, quantum computation and communication received very serious attention in literature. While secure quantum communication is significantly ahead in actual commercial market, the situation is still elusive for quantum computers that can actually be used for cryptanalysis. However, we are all aware of possible devastating impact of Shor's algorithm on classical public key cryptosystems that are based on factorization and discrete log. That is why, there is a worldwide research effort to design public key cryptosystems that are resistant against any quantum adversary and a standardization process by NIST is in the final stage. This is broadly known as Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC).

At the same time, there are serious impacts on symmetric ciphers too. Simon and Grover's algorithm can have immediate implications against security of symmetric ciphers. For example, the effective security is reduced by half in terms of secret key size using Grover's technique. In this regard, the cryptology community has witnessed a considerable volume of high-quality research work, both in theory and practice since 2015. A good proportion of these works exploited fundamental principles and constructs of Discrete Mathematics related to classical as well as quantum techniques in identifying novel cryptanalytic ideas against symmetric ciphers. There are certain outstanding results in the domain of Boolean functions and Sequences too from quantum viewpoint. In this context, a special issue on "Quantum Cryptanalysis of Symmetric Ciphers" could be of significant interest to the cryptology community across the world, and harnessing a pool of related research contributions into a single literary volume would have a substantial archival value. 

The issue is not only limited to exact quantum cryptanalysis, but results related to cipher design that are resistant to quantum attacks are also welcome. Further, quantum algorithms and techniques that are related to Boolean functions and varied combinatorial and algebraic treatments will also be considered.


For this special volume, we solicit the following:
1. original research contributions in relevant topics;
2. research contributions published and/or presented at past conferences/workshops;
   (with substantial revision and at least 30% new contribution)
3. expository survey and/or tutorial articles on relevant topics.

We plan to invite some of the papers from eminent researchers in this domain, and consider additional contributory papers in related areas. There will be a detailed two round review process for the invited as well as the contributed papers, maintaining a standard similar to that of the Journal. 


Important Dates:

Last Date for Submission of Papers: 30 April 2022
First round of Review to be completed by: 31 July 2022 
Submission of Revised version of Papers by: 31 August 2022
Final Notification to the Authors by: 31 October 2022
Submission of Camera Ready Version by: 31 December 2022
Tentative Publication of the Online Volume: 31 January 2023

Guest Editor: Subhamoy Maitra, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata


Detailed instructions for the authors:

Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has
neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by, other journals.

Submissions are non-anonymous. Each submission must begin with a title, an
abstract, a list of key words, and an introduction that summarizes the
contributions of the paper. Accepted submissions must not appear in any
journal or in any other conference or workshop with proceedings. The final
versions of accepted papers will have to follow the CCDS guidelines
with an expected page limit of 20-40 pages including references and appendices.

Springer offers authors, editors and reviewers of Cryptography and
Communications a web-enabled online manuscript submission and review
system. Our online system offers authors the ability to track the review
process of their manuscript.

Manuscripts should be submitted to:


This online system offers easy and straightforward log-in and submission
procedures, and supports a wide range of submission file formats.

Once you log in, for "Article Type" you need to choose 
"Quantum Cryptanalysis of Symmetric Ciphers".

Submissions under item 1 must not duplicate work that any of the authors has
published elsewhere or has submitted in parallel to any journal or any other
conference or workshop with formally published proceedings.

Submissions under item 2 must contain detailed revision of research
contributions published and/or presented at past conferences with substantial
amount of new contribution (roughly speaking it should be one third of the
total contribution). The authors should clearly identify the sections that are

Submissions under item 3 should summarize and explain state-of-the-art research
results in a novel way that are expected to provide better understanding in the
field of quantum cryptanalysis and related areas. Such papers should describe 
the existing literature, provide a detailed perspective in his domain, and try 
to explain future trends in this area of research.