RFC Editor: Statement of Purpose

The RFC Editor edits and publishes the archival series of RFC (originally "Request for Comment") documents. The RFCs form an archival series of memos about computer communication and packet switching networks that records the technical history of the ARPAnet and the Internet, beginning in 1969. The RFC Editor is funded by the Internet Society and operates under the general direction of the IAB (Internet Architecture Board).

New entries into the RFC series may be:

  1. technical specifications and informational documents developed by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) under direction of the IESG (Internet Engineering Steering Group),

  2. Informational documents from the IAB,

  3. Informational and experimental documents from the IRTF (Internet Research Task Force), and

  4. Informational and Experimental documents submitted by individuals. Documents in the last category, individual submissions, must be relevant to the focus of the series, technically competant, and not in conflict with the IETF process.

The RFC Editor publishes RFCs and a master index of the RFC series electronically on the Internet, via all common access protocols (currently, the Web, email, rsync, and FTP). It announces the existence of each new RFC via electronic mail to one or more mailing lists. The RFC Editor maintains a comprehensive web site with a variety of tools and lists to locate and access RFCs. This website also contains general information about RFC editorial policies, publication queue status, errata, and any other information that will make the RFC series more accessible and more useful.

During the RFC editing process, the RFC Editor strives for quality, clarity, and consistency of style and format. Editorial guidelines and procedures to achieve these ends are established by the RFC Editor in consultation with the IAB and IESG. The RFC Editor periodically revises the guidelines.

The RFC Editor coordinates closely with the IESG to carry out the Internet standards process as documented in the latest revision of "The Internet Standards Process" and later amendments. The RFC Editor also coordinates closely with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), to ensure that the parameters used in new and revised protocol descriptions are properly registered.

5 August 2003