In academic circles, references have several purposes:
* To give credit to the originators of an idea.
* For referral: To point toward sources that substantiate a claim. To
point toward further information that elaborates on an idea.
* For citation purposes, to see who has developed on the ideas of an
I think that references to drafts are useful (even inevitable) for the
purpose of giving credit for ideas. References to drafts as sources of
further information may be less useful because of the ephemeral nature of
What do you think about "de facto" that many technical documents
are currently using Internet Drafts as referece material?