ISSA uses a blind peer-review
process to ensure the quality of submissions before acceptance. Authors
initially submit abstracts to determine if the paper meets the goals and fits
into the theme of the conference. The ISSA Program Committee assesses each
submission for relevance and fit. Authors are then notified whether their
abstracts were accepted, and if so, invited to submit a full paper for peer
On the due date, authors submit full papers. Each paper goes
through an administrative review to confirm that the paper conforms to the
specifications. If a paper does not meet the requirements, the author is asked
to resubmit the paper.
A Review Committee (the list shown above) is invited to
participate, consisting of both local and international experts in the field of
Information Security. A process is followed by the Program Committee to allocate
papers to reviewers based on their area of expertise. Reviewers are subject
matter experts, of which over 50% are international. Reviewers usually have 5 or
6 categories that they are willing to review against. Each reviewer will
establish the number of papers they can review in a specific time period and are
allowed to bid on the papers they want to review. An automated process allocated
papers to each reviewer according to their preferences.
Each paper is reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers in a blind
review process. Papers are reviewed and rated on a 10 point system with 1 being
poor and 10 being excellent as follows:
• Originallity (1-10)
• Significance (1-10)
• Technical quality (1-10)
• Relevance (1-10)
• Presentation (1-10)
• Overall Rating (1-10)
Reviewers’ confidence in their own rating is also taken into
account by the algorithm that calculates the final score. Reviewers are
encouraged to make anonymous suggestions to the author(s) of the paper.
Based on the final score (1-10), a paper with 5 or below points
can be recommended for a poster/research-in-progress session and a 9 to 10 point
paper can be put in the “best paper” category. An acceptance rate of between 30%
and 40% is expected for the conference.
Authors are notified of the outcome of the review process which
includes the anonymous suggestions and recommendations of the reviewers. Authors
then have to submit the final version of the paper that will then be included in
the formal conference proceedings. Apart from this CD proceedings, the
proceedings are published electronically in
IEEE Xplore with ISBN 978-1-4244-5495-2.