[rfc-i] In defence of the ISSN number

Henning Schulzrinne hgs at cs.columbia.edu
Fri Aug 28 18:26:10 PDT 2009


As noted before, I have yet to see a single citation in a networking  
paper use the ISSN, for RFCs or otherwise. I very much doubt that this  
would be acceptable to, say, IEEE or ACM journals. (Nobody checks  
conference citations, so it would probably just slip by.)

Henning

On Aug 28, 2009, at 9:15 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:

> On 2009-08-29 10:51, Paul Hoffman wrote:
>> At 9:55 AM +1200 8/29/09, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
>>> One of my concerns, perhaps parochial now that I'm officially an
>>> academic, is that RFCs should be considered as respectable
>>> publications. I think that the ability to include the ISSN in
>>> the citation is useful from that point of view. (Full citations
>>> of journal articles should include the ISSN number, too.)
>>
>> Before we encourage people to use the ISSN number with the RFC  
>> Series, it would be important to know whether or not it is  
>> acceptable to associate an ISSN number with something that was  
>> published before the ISSN number was issued (which in our case is  
>> everything more than about a year old). Yes, this is pedantic, but  
>> the ISSN folks may be more pendantic than we are.
>
> Bob Braden can confirm this, but my understanding is that it can
> be used retroactively. It's only a label, not really an indicator
> of status, but it's a label that is understood by the library
> community in particular.
>
>   Brian
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