Eurocrypt 2024 aims to support open and reproducible research within the field of cryptography. As such, authors of accepted papers are invited to submit artifacts associated with their papers, such as software or datasets, for review, in a collaborative process between authors and the artifact review committee. The goal of the process is not just to evaluate artifacts, but also to improve them. Artifacts that pass successfully through the artifact review process will be publicly archived by the IACR at https://artifacts.iacr.org/.
The two main goals of the artifact review process are to improve functionality and reusability of artifacts to enable reproduction and extension by the scientific community.
Reproducibility, in the context of computational experiments, means that the scientific results claimed can be obtained by a different team using the original authors’ artifacts. The artifact review process does not include attempting to reproduce the experiment and to verify the scientific claims in the accepted paper. Rather, the artifact review process aims at ensuring sufficient functionality of the artifact to enable a research team to attempt to reproduce the results.
Examples of this in the field of cryptography include:
Where possible, such as in software-based artifacts relying solely on open-source components, the artifact review process will aim to run the artifact and test harness, and see that it produces outputs that would be required to assess the artifact against results in the paper. For artifacts that depend on commercial tools or specialized physical hardware, the goal of the artifact review process will be to confirm that the artifacts are functional, and could plausibly be used by someone with access to the appropriate tools to reproduce the results.
Reusability means that the artifacts are not just functional, but of sufficient quality that they could be extended and reused by others. Reusable artifacts have clear user and developer documentation, and are well-structured in ways that make them easy to modify or extend.
The artifact review process begins after the paper has been accepted for publication. Only papers accepted to Eurocrypt 2024 will be considered under the artifact review process.
Following notification of acceptance (or acceptance with minor revisions) to Eurocrypt 2024, the artifact may be submitted for review.
Once the artifact is submitted, two or more members of the artifact review committee will be assigned to review the artifact. The artifact review process will be a continuous process, and may involve requests from the reviewers for additional help on how to run the artifact, interpret its results, etc. It is acceptable (and expected) that the interaction between the reviewers and the authors leads to the artifact being updated during the review process. Updates that affect scientific characteristics reported in the paper (such as changes to performance) should be clearly documented.
Authors of artifacts that are accepted for archiving will be provided instructions on how to submit the archival version of their artifact.
The Eurocrypt 2024 artifact review process follows the same conflict of interest policy as Eurocrypt, which is the IACR policy with respect to conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest is considered to occur automatically whenever an author of a submitted paper and a reviewer
Conflicts may also arise for reasons other than those just listed. Examples include closely related technical work, cooperation in the form of joint projects or grant applications, business relationships, close personal friendships, instances of personal enmity. For more information please see the IACR Policy on Conflicts of Interest. Authors will be asked to identify conflicts of interest with the committee members at time of artifact registration.
The artifact review process will be single-blinded: the authors of the paper and artifact are not anonymous, but the reviewers will be anonymous. Communication between the authors and the reviewers will be facilitated via the HotCRP review site. Authors should not attempt to learn the identities of the reviewers, for example by embedding analytics or tracking elements in the artifact or a website; if you cannot comply with this for some reason out of your control, please notify the chairs immediately to discuss.
If your artifact is accepted, you will be required to grant the IACR a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to distribute the artifact, via an open source license, such as an OSI-approved license; examples are the Apache License 2.0, 2- & 3-clause BSD license, GPL, LGPL, MIT license, MPL 2.0, CDDL and EPL. If your artifact also contains third-party material that you did not create, you must ensure that you have permission to redistribute that material, for example because it is also open source or because you have obtained the appropriate permissions.
It is not a requirement that any patent rights be granted.
Artifacts shall be registered and submitted via the IACR HotCRP server at https://submit.iacr.org/eurocrypt2024artifacts.
A submission shall include:
The artifact itself shall include at least the following files:
LICENSE: The license(s) under which the artifact is released
README: The main starting point for anyone attempting to use the artifact. It should include instructions on:
Files such as LICENSE and README can be plain text files or Markdown files.
Source code files within the artifact are encouraged to be organized, formatted, and documented using best practices and conventions appropriate to the programming language in question. For example, formatted using a consistent style such as PEP8 for Python; documentation of APIs using JavaDoc for Java or Doxygen for C; unit tests using an appropriate framework.
The primary form of the artifact should be as source code, with suitable build scripts and instructions on how to install the appropriate dependencies.
For artifacts with complex dependencies or build requirements, the authors are encouraged to also package the artifact in the manner that makes it most amenable to successful execution. Potential formats include:
When in doubt, imagine a first-year grad student in 2029 who is told by their supervisor “See if you can change this artifact from Eurocrypt 2024 to do X.” We want to give them the best chance of success with the least amount of pain.