Guide for authors

This guide explains how a paper can be formatted and submitted for approval in the Journal on Cybercrime and Digital Investigations (CybIN).

Types of papers that are expected

CybIN accepts the following types of papers (in French or English, English is preferred for technical papers to ensure a wider audience):

  • Long papers (or otherwise regular papers, describing original research, 6 to 15 pages)
  • Review articles (6 to 12 pages)
  • Position papers (work in progress or expressing an opinion on an issue, 4 to 10 pages)
  • Short notes
  • Technical notes
  • Book reviews
  • Notes on legal decisions

Topic areas to be covered

The subject area of interest of CybIN covers all areas related to the fight against cybercrime and digital investigations, and includes the following topics:

  • Digital forensics
  • Network investigations
  • Incident response
  • Law
  • Other human sciences such as psychology, criminology, economics, etc.

Format of the documents

First submission for review

When first submitting a paper for review, it should be provided in one of the following electronic formats: PDF, ODT, DOC/DOCX. To allow for blind peer review, all indications of the authors should be removed in the content of the document and in its properties.

To ease the future editorial process, you can use the below mentioned templates, but please do not include any names and affiliations of authors, again for blind peer review.

Edition, once the paper is accepted

If you have been successful, you will be asked to provide your paper in the proper formatting using one of the following templates:

We do have a preference for the LaTeX format.


Before you can submit a paper, you need to register on our editorial platform that uses the Open Journal Systems software. Follow this link and create your account.


To submit a new paper, please follow this link, follow the 5-step submission process and send your paper for review. Don’t forget that when first submitting a paper, you should remove any mention of the name and affiliation of the author(s) from the content of the document and its properties.

No fees for authors or readers

Anti-Plagiarism Policy

The journal has a policy of “Zero Tolerance to Plagiarism”. We check plagiarism via two methods: reviewer check and a selected plagiarism prevention tool.

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No publication fees are expected from authors. CybIN is supported by CECyF, the French Cybercrime Centre of Excellence, a not for profit organisation dedicated to developing prevention, training and research against cybercrime. If you would like to support CECyF and you are a private company, an academic organisation or a public administration, please ask to join the organisation.

Copyright on any article published by CECyF’s journal CybIN is retained by the author(s). Authors grant CECyF (and CybIN) a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified.