Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bibtex Entries for IETF RFCs and Internet-Drafts

Sometimes we want to cite the Internet Engineering Task Force's Request for Comment (RFC) or Internet-Draft documents. The Internet-Draft draft-carpenter-rfc-citation-recs-01 entitled "Recommendations of a committee on RFC citation issues" suggests a format to cite RFCs and Internet-Drafts.  Although the draft recommends that the RFC Editor create and maintain a canonical BibTeX file at a stable public location on the web server "www.rfc-editor.org", the BibTex files do not seem to have appeared on the website.

This post provides a means to produce a BibTex entry for a RFC or Internet-Draft document, generally comforming to the recommendation stated in the draft cited above, when the type of documents, RFC or Internet-Draft and the document number are provided. You may then copy and paste the BibTex entry to your .bib file. Note that the Internet-Draft number is not really a number, for instance, for the draft that mentioned above, the number is "draft-carpenter-rfc-citation-recs-01" (without quotation marks).


RFC Document Type and Number



To fill with a bibtex entry.

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      }

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