Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are we doing this?
There have been many discussions at Oakland, both in the formal business
meetings and in informal discussions, about the fact that our community
seems to lose memory of things that have been done in the past and
produces too many incremental results that don't always lead to better
general understanding. Some of this has been blamed on the lack of
appropriate high-visibility venues in which to publish these types of
papers since the top security venues (including Oakland research papers)
emphasize novel research contributions. We hope the SoK call will lead
to papers that provide a high value to our community, and that these
papers will be widely read by students and researchers in security.
2. How many SoK papers will be accepted?
There is no set number of papers for this. We expect to accept 2-4 SoK
papers, but there is no guarantee that any papers will be accepted. If
none of the SoK papers are viewed as sufficiently valuable by the PC, we
would rather accept no papers for this track than accept papers of
questionable value. If there are more than 4 outstanding papers, we will
accept more than 4 SoK papers.
3. Will SoK papers be competing with Research papers?
No. We will not be reducing the targeted number of research papers for
this, and will be making room in the program and proceedings for SoK
papers without putting any pressure on the number of research papers
accepted. We will not be comparing SoK and Research papers at the PC
meeting, but judging each on their own merits by their separate review
4. I noticed that the SoK deadline is 6 days after the Research paper
deadline. Can I try to game the system by submitting a Research paper
late as a Systematization paper?
No. Any late "research papers" that are submitted as Systematization
papers will be rejected without review.
5. What are the length and formatting requirements for SoK papers?
Identical to those for Research papers. See the CFP
6. How will the accepted SoK papers be presented at the conference?
Each SoK paper will be given a presentation slot in the main conference
similar to the presentations of the research papers. Depending on other
program constraints, the SoK papers may be grouped together into one or
two sessions or they may be distributed throughout the program in
sessions with relevant research papers.
7. How will SoK papers "count"?
So far as we know, there is no magic oracle that search and P&T
committees use to decide what "counts" and what doesn't, and we can't
impose any guidelines on how people might view these papers in
future. That said, we hope that papers accepted as SoK papers will be
viewed by the community as comparable to traditional Oakland research
papers. SoK papers will undergo the same rigorous and competitive
review process by the same PC as the research papers, and will be in the
formal conference proceedings just like the regular research papers. We
believe an SoK paper will be at least as valuable of a contribution to
our research community as a typical Oakland paper, and expect these
papers will be widely read and cited.