[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.)


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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