[rfc-i] RFCs accepted journal articles

John R Levine johnl at taugh.com
Thu May 2 22:30:38 PDT 2013

> Some of these only take series that are provable peer reviewed, e.g.
> Xplore. Some also require exclusive copyright transfer.

Xplore indexes everything from the IEEE and their "publishing partners", 
whatever that means.  IEEE itself publishes plenty of stuff that's not 
peer reviewed and included in Xplore, e.g., Spectrum and a bunch of 

Inspec also indexes magazines and non-peer stuff.

ACM DL already includes a lot of RFCs, Google Scholar indexes whatever it 
can find.

None of them want copyright transfer; you're confusing the index with the
journals the index includes.


>>> There are a few things that would, to my understanding, help make RFCs
>>> more broadly recognized in the academic world, adding DOIs in
>>> particular.  Sounds like the Journal Citation Report could be another
>>> possibility.  What other things should be pursued in the search for
>>> academic validation?
>> Ensure that they show up in the places people look for academic
>> articles about computing:
>> * ACM Digital library (has a bunch of RFCs apparently batch loaded about
>>  a decade ago but never updated)
>> * IEEE Xplore
>> * Inspec
>> * Google Scholar
>> DOIs cost money due to the need to get each document indexed in the
>> big DOI database, although the prices look pretty low if your
>> publishing revenue is under $1M. I presume we qualify, having
>> publishing revenue of $0.
>> Getting RFCs into the first three databases above can probably be
>> negotiated with no payment either way once you find the right people
>> to talk to.  A key bit is figuring out how to get new RFCs indexed as
>> they are published without a lot of added manual effort.
>> Google Scholar indexes documents automatically if they are in an
>> appropriate format.  The HTML versions of RFCs may already be indexed,
>> or are pretty close if not.
>> R's,
>> John
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