Call for Papers

Submissions are due by February 7th February 26th, 2021 (extended).


Click here for a PDF version of the Call for Papers.


The paper formatting instructions and the submission link are available at the bottom of this page.


For more than 20 years the fields of Information Hiding and Multimedia Security have blended advances of multiple disciplines, accumulating a substantial body of knowledge. Signal forensics, digital watermarking, and steganography are representative but not the only topics of interest. All pertinent works have in common that some form of host signal is involved in the realization of security and privacy goals. This workshop has established a reputation as one of the premier outlets for research in these and related areas. Continuing this tradition, the workshop’s 2021 hybrid edition solicits novel papers documenting research or industrial practice.

Submitted papers should address security and privacy aspects in relation to multimedia host signals in a broad sense (e.g., images, audios, videos, texts, network traffic, etc.): 

  • Forensics and counterforensics

  • Steganography and steganalysis

  • Covert and subliminal channels

  • Watermarking and fingerprinting

  • Networks and protocols

  • Anonymity
  • Biometrics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, using or advancing the following methods:

  • Information, coding, and complexity theory

  • Game and decision theory

  • Statistical modelling

  • Machine learning and deep learning

  • Secure Signal Processing and Privacy-preserving systems

  • Benchmarking and replication

  • Obfuscation


Authors are invited to submit either short papers (4-6 pages, for preliminary yet interesting results) or full papers (10-12 pages, with general and detailed research contributions). Full papers are expected to back their key claims with strong evidence (such as mathematical proofs, statistical modelling, or extensive testing).

Submissions must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference. Submissions should be properly anonymized for double blinded review, therefore authors and their affiliations should be removed and language be adjusted to prevent easy identification.

There will be two awards for the most outstanding papers: one for the best paper and one for the best student paper, with a student as first author.

Proceedings will be produced and published by ACM.

For questions relating to the Call for Papers, please feel free to contact the Program Chairs.



Formatting instructions

Technical papers submitted for ACM IH&MMSec 2021 are to be written in English. Short papers must be 4-6 pages long, while full papers must be 10-12 pages long (including bibliography in both cases). Submissions must follow the new ACM conference template (please use sigconf style). Submissions should not use older ACM formats or non-standard formatting, and must be in pdf format. Authors should devote special care that fonts, images, tables and figures comply with common standards and do not generate problems for reviewers. Submissions not meeting the formatting requirements risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

All submissions should be appropriately anonymized. Author names and affiliations should not appear in the paper. The authors should avoid obvious self-references and should appropriately blind them if used. The list of authors cannot be changed after the acceptance decision is made unless approved by the Program Chairs.


AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


Paper submission

Paper submission will be handled by EasyChair.

Manuscripts can be submitted here.