RFC Editor Reports

This page contains useful information regarding the performance of the RFC Production Center (RPC). It includes news items (updated as needed) and stats about production that are updated on a monthly basis.

The RFC Editor strives to provide excellent and timely editorial service. To ensure the RFC Editor is providing the best possible service, the RPC regularly reviews its processes and liaises with the communities served. In addition, the rfc-interest mailing list is dedicated to discussing topics related to the RFC Editor.

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Service Level Agreements

The Service Level Agreement indicates that 67% of the documents should be published with an RFC-Editor time (RET) of 6 weeks or less. The following table indicates whether we are meeting this goal. It also includes a running 12-month average. Note that pre-2014 SLA monthly reports are available in the reports archive.


July 2015: Typically, the rate of input to the queue (i.e., documents moved to EDIT) decreases following the Q1 burst; however, we have not seen the usual dip which means processing continues to be impacted.

June 2015: There have been and continues to be a significant number of complex clusters in play in 2015 (documents from another 3 clusters were published this month).

May 2015: We are seeing a significant impact on the RFC Editor processing times as several clusters make their way to publication. Cluster 241 (C241), the jose/oauth cluster of 9 documents, was published as well as RFCs from eight other clusters. Of the documents published this month, 58% were associated with a cluster. Processing time for cluster documents are usually longer as the editors work through consistency issues within the cluster.

March 2015: The table above is showing the impact of the Q1 surge in submissions on the processing times. In addition, a number of large and complex clusters are making their way through the queue.

February 2015: The Q1 surge continued in February, with 36 documents being released into EDIT. The RPC continues to work their way through the surge and the clusters released in January. We just missed the SLA, as 67% of the RFCs were published in 6.3 wks.

January 2015: The RFC Editor is experiencing the typical surge associated with the March IETF meeting (IESG changeover); the number of submissions has increased significantly this month. In addition, sizable clusters were released into the EDIT queue, e.g., weirds (C240), which includes 5 documents, and jose/oauth (C241), which includes 9 documents.

December 2014: Having met the SLA in December, the RPC had a successful Q4. The table shows the impact of the increased number of documents entering the queue (both newly approved and those released from MISSREF) earlier in the year, and the RPC's recovery throughout the remainder of the year. December saw the release of the nfsv4 cluster (C182), which is equivalent to 18 average-size documents.

November 2014: November was a slow month in terms of submissions and publications. We expect this is largely due to IETF 91, which took place in early November. The RPC invested a significant amount of time preparing to host the Experimental Writing Lab and reviewing the individual documents to be discussed with the authors that requested a session.

The RPC responded to one legal inquiry; see http://iaoc.ietf.org/subpoenas.html

October 2014: The RFC Editor is gearing up for IETF 91 in Honolulu, Hawaii. As part of this preparation, we have built the framework for hosting Experimental Writing Lab sessions at IETF 91.

September 2014: The RFC Editor published the new RFC Style Guide (RFC 7322) and the Web Portion of the Style Guide. We have successfully transitioned documents in the queue to meet the recommendations defined therein (see the announcement for detailed information). The RFC Editor also released an updated Style Guide page, which includes additional information and guidance to authors.

August 2014: The RPC has successfully worked through the bursts of documents that entered EDIT in the first quarter of this year and is once again meeting the SLA.

The RPC responded to one subpoena; see http://iaoc.ietf.org/subpoenas.html

July 2014: The RPC is continuing to make progress with the queue, both in terms of the number of documents in the queue and the SLA times. In addition, staff continued to train its newest editor, to work with the RSE to get the new Style Guide published and provide input on various discussions (e.g., RFC design, SoWs for tools), and to prepare for various IETF 90 activities (e.g., reports and tutorials).

The RPC responded to one subpoena; see http://iaoc.ietf.org/subpoenas.html

June 2014: The RPC is making significant inroads in bringing the queue down. The RPC also processed some large clusters this month (e.g., httpbis), which resulted in higher than normal processing times.

While processing times have been high, the graphs below show that the overall queue is decreasing in size and is becoming more manageable. The RPC continues to work through the current queue, and at the same time continues to train its newest editor. In addition, staff is working with the RSE to get the new Style Guide published and provide input on various discussion (e.g., RFC design, SoWs for tools).

The RPC responded to one subpoena; see http://iaoc.ietf.org/subpoenas.html

May 2014: Thanks to the additional support from the IAOC to work through the recent burst of submissions, we have a new editor that started working with the RPC in May. In addition to processing documents, the RPC has updated their procedures and invested in the training of their newest editor.

The RPC responded to one subpoena; see http://iaoc.ietf.org/subpoenas.html

Monthly Submission and Publication Stats

The following figures show the recent submission and publication rates. The figures also include "moved to EDIT", which provides a more accurate picture of the RPC's incoming workload for a given month. "moved to EDIT" refers to documents that were released into the EDIT state.

Detailed submission and publication data can be found on the Comprehensive Sub/Pub Stats page.


May 2015: While the submission rate dropped, the number of documents released into the EDIT queue was more similar to a typical submission month.

April 2015: The submission rate returned to normal in April and a couple of the smaller clusters exited the queue.

March 2015: The Q1 surge continues, as another 39 documents were released into the EDIT queue. Publications increased in March, as clusters C182, C184, C232, and C240 exited the queue.

February 2015: The Q1 surge continues in February, as 36 documents were released into the EDIT queue. Publications have been since November, but 26 documents were moved to RFC-EDITOR state and 29 were moved to AUTH48 this month. The team has been working on clusters, so we will see an increase in publications once the clusters have worked their way through AUTH48.

January 2015: As noted above, we are experiencing a surge in submissions this month; the size is similar to the increase we saw in January 2014.

November & December 2014: This graph shows the rate of documents entering and exiting the queue over the last 24 months. We see that there was a spike of documents entering EDIT in January, with increased publication rates in April - June. The publication rates were down in November and December, as we often see a slower response times between authors and editors, as many are on vacation during the winter holidays.

October 2014: There was a slight increase in submissions this month, as compared to the last few months.

August and September 2014: The RPC published slightly more RFCs than the number that were released into the EDIT queue, resulting in a further reduction in the total number of documents in the queue.

July 2014: The RPC had another sizable publication month, so the queue size has continued to decrease.

June 2014: The last three months have been big publication months. As can be seen, the size of the overall queue and the number of documents in EDIT continues to decrease. The decrease in queue size indicates that the RPC is working through the queue.

May 2014: April and May have been big publication months. We have seen a steady decline in the number of documents moving to EDIT since February. The increase in publications is an indication that the RPC is starting to work its way through the burst of documents that entered the queue earlier this year.

April 2014: The graph shows that, while submissions are down, the number of documents entering EDIT has not slowed as is typical post IESG changeover. 64% of the documents that moved into EDIT in 2013 have already been released to EDIT in the first 4 months of 2014.

Queue Statistics

Summary of queue statistics about the processing times of documents as they move through the RFC Editor queue are available on the Queue Summary page. The summary includes document counts, page counts, and average times in queue per state (EDIT, RFC-EDITOR, AUTH48, and AUTH48-DONE). See state definitions for help understanding the states.

The number of documents in the primary processing states at the end of a given month is shown in the figures below.

Note that there is a ripple effect, as spikes in document counts in any one state may be due to clusters of documents moving through the queue together. A cluster does not move to the next state until the entire set is ready to be moved. You will often see bursts in EDIT, then RFC-EDITOR, and finally PUB, as the set of documents move through the states together to publication.

Generally speaking, the more documents there are in the queue, the longer it takes for documents to move through the queue.


May 2015: The total number of documents in these actionable states continues to decrease. However, many of these documents are part of clusters, which require more editorial time.

April 2015: The figure shows that we're making progress in working through the Q1 surge, as the number of documents in EDIT is declining. In addition, 34% of the documents counted in one of the active states above are in AUTH48 and nearing publication.

March 2015: As noted above, a number of clusters exited the queue, reducing the number of documents in AUTH48. The RPC is working its way through EDIT, which is slower than usual as the editors continue to work through a number of clusters (there are currently six different clusters in EDIT).

February 2015: With the Q1 surge underway, the EDIT queue has grown. The number of documents in AUTH48 has also increased as some of the clusters are making their way to AUTH48.

January 2015: While the surge of incoming documents was big, the number of documents in various states is more evenly distributed than it was in January 2014.

December 2014: The majority of documents in the queue are in the EDIT and AUTH48 states. A few clusters were released into the EDIT queue, including a 300+ page NFS document, which is part of C182.

November 2014: Because of the time the RPC invested in preparing for IETF and for the Experimental Writing Lab sessions, we saw a slight increase in the EDIT queue this month.

October 2014: With the slightly increased submission rates noted above, the EDIT queue has increased slightly as well.

August and September 2014: As can be seen in the graph, the RPC has continued to work its way through the huge surge experienced earlier this year, which cuts the queue size by more than 50% from its peak in February.

July 2014: As can be seen in the graph, the RPC has continued to work its way through the huge surge experienced earlier this year. The queue size has continuously declined since its peak in February.

June 2014: The number of documents submitted to the queue and entering EDIT since December 2013 have remained high. While May was a low submission month, submission numbers were again high in June. The RPC is starting to make headway in to the queue, as we see the third big publication month in a row.

May 2014: This figure shows that, since February, there has a steady decline in the number of documents in EDIT and the overall queue.

April 2014: The figure shows that the number of documents in EDIT has gone down consistently in March and April. The number of documents in RFC-EDITOR and AUTH48 has grown, which is largely due to the clusters currently in these states (i.e., most of C160 in RFC EDITOR, and the following clusters in AUTH48: a portion of C160, as well as C199, C203, C218, C222).

Other Reports

Report Description

Current Queue (sortable) A list of all of the documents in the RFC Editor queue, ordered by state. (Updated dynamically)
Queue Summary RFC Editor queue summary (Updated weekly)
Snapshot of Reports Page Archive for SLA-related reports posted since 2014. (Updated annually)
Reports Archive Pre-2014 reports (Updated monthly)
State Changes by Month Summary of document movement through the RFC Editor queue. (Updated weekly)
Annual Publication Rate Bar graph showing the number of RFCs published per year since 1969. (Updated annually).
RFC Editor Reports at IETF Summary of the RFC publication process, including the state of the queue and a breakdown of the reasons for any long delays in the publication process. The report also may include recent changes in policy and improvements in tools or procedures. (Updated quarterly)
RFC Errata Reports Summary of errata reports and their status, stream, and type. (Updated quarterly)
Vendor Reports Links to performance reports, e.g., 2013 performance review of the RPC. (Updated annually)
RFC Status Changes (post publication) List of the RFCs whose statuses have changed since publication. (Updated as needed)