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DFRWS 2007 Call for Papers

DFRWS brings together leading researchers, developers, practitioners, and educators interested in advancing the state of the art in digital forensics from around the world. As the most established venue in the field, DFRWS is the preferred place to present both cutting-edge research and perspectives on best practices for all aspects of digital forensics. As an independent organization, we promote open community discussions and disseminate the results of our work to the widest audience.

We invite original contributions as research papers (long and short), panel proposals, and demo proposals. All papers are evaluated through a double-blind peer-review process, and those accepted will be published in printed proceedings by Elsevier.

Topics of Interest

The list below is only suggestive. We welcome new, original ideas from people in academia, industry, government, and law enforcement who are interested in sharing their results, knowledge, and experience. Authors are encouraged to demonstrate the applicability of their work to practical issues. Suggested topics include:

  • Incident response and live analysis
  • Digital evidence storage and preservation
  • Event reconstruction methods and tools
  • File system and memory analysis
  • Application analysis
  • Network traffic analysis, traceback and attribution
  • Embedded systems
  • Mobile devices
  • Large-scale investigations
  • Data mining and information discovery
  • Data hiding and recovery
  • Multimedia analysis
  • Tool testing and development
  • Digital evidence and the law
  • Case studies and trend reports
  • Non-traditional approaches to forensic analysis

Important Dates

The 7th Annual DFRWS will be held from August 13 to 15, 2007 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA with local assistance from the CERT Coordination Center. The following dates reflect our current milestones:

  • Submission deadline: April 2, 2007 APRIL 9, 2007
  • Author notification: April 30, 2007
  • Final draft due: May 23, 2007
  • Workshop dates: August 13-15, 2007

Publication Criteria

Research papers must be original contributions, should not substantially duplicate previous work and must not be under simultaneous publication review elsewhere. The review process will be "double-blind" (the reviewers will not know who the authors are, and the authors will not know who the reviewers are). Therefore, the version submitted for review should not contain the names or affiliations of the authors. When referring to their own previous work, authors should use the third person instead of the first person (i.e. "Smith and Jones [2] previously determined..." instead of "We [2] previously determined..."). Authors are expected to present their work in person at the workshop and must have at least one registration per paper in order to be included in the proceedings.

Full-length papers must be written in English and should not exceed 10 single-spaced, two-column pages with 1 inch margins and 10pt font. Short papers have the same requirements as full-length papers except they are limited to 4 pages. With respect to content, it is expected that a short paper will be more tightly focused on a specific problem and will likely have less extensive references to related work. Short papers will be evaluated under the same quality criteria as full-length papers. Authors will be given 30 minutes to present full-length papers and 15 minutes to present short papers.

Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should be one to three pages and clearly describe the topic, its relevance and a list of potential panelists and their biographies. Panels will be evaluated based on the topic relevance and diversity of the panelists.

Tool Demos and Posters

Proposals for demonstrations of proof of concept and research-based tools are also welcome. Proposals should describe the tool, its relevance to the forensics field and space/equipment needs (e.g., power, networking, etc.) and be submitted.


Paper submissions must be made through EDAS located online at in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Accepted papers will be required to be resubmitted to the publisher in editable source format (Word, Latex, or plain text) for final print formatting. Panel submissions must be e-mailed to dfrws2007-panels (at) dfrws (dot) org in PDF or plain text format. Poster and demo submissions must be emailed to dfrws2007-demos (at) dfrws (dot) org in PDF or plain text format.

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