How to Submit
All manuscripts considered for publication in DTRAP must be prepared using the ACM template and submitted as a PDF via the Manuscript Central submission site at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dtrap.
As an author, you are encouraged to view the rubric to assist you in determining how your article fits within the journal scope. Please contact the Co-Editors-in-Chief at [email protected] should you have questions.
Submissions must be prepared for double-blind review. To do this, you should apply the following six steps to manuscripts before submission:
DTRAP welcomes research papers in the field of Digital Threats. The primary purpose of the paper should be to use scientific rigor through analysis and structured observation to illuminate an advance in the field. The rubric should be your guide to creating the paper so that it meets these requirements.
Contributions appearing in ACM journals are normally original papers that have not been published elsewhere. Publication of a paper that has been widely disseminated is permitted only if the Editor judges that the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material or there is some significant additional benefit to be gained. Any prior appearance should be noted on the title page and it is the obligation of the author to inform the Editors-in-Chief if there are any circumstances concerning the contribution that bear on this policy.
While there is no formal page limit for DTRAP articles, we expect most submissions to be between 10 and 25 journal pages, with 30 pages being a soft upper limit. Submissions that exceed 30 pages must have good reasons to do so. If your paper is near or above 30 pages, please think carefully about why it is as long as it is, and consider ways to reduce its length. In many cases, shortening a paper will have no ill-effects, and may well improve the paper's clarity and presentation.
Adjusting from past experience—both mistakes and successes—is an important facet for researchers and practitioners in the field of cybersecurity. DTRAP will acknowledge this by reaching out to authors who have written the field’s seminal papers and books and publishing their reflections on these works. Unsolicited papers will also be considered. Themes such as the following should be considered:
DTRAP strives to be the nexus of research and practice in the field of cybersecurity. In this column, we solicit a practitioner to examine a peer-reviewed research article from a recent issue of the publication and provide his or her insight with respect to implementing that research. This column will emphasize the fusion of research and practice in cybersecurity, which will be attractive to the practitioner in terms of putting the cutting-edge research from the journal into practice. Unsolicited papers will also be considered.
The Field Notes published in DTRAP are short case reports (1000-1500 words) about emerging threats and defenses. Field Notes accurately document factual data as well as the settings, actions, behaviors, and consequences that are observed. They may also contain the thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns that arise as the observation is conducted. Field Notes provide perspectives on a single phenomenon that, when accumulated over time, suggest new avenues of research.
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