Yes, I think that this is an excellent idea and should be pursued.
I note that this will also give us a URN (RFC3044). Any thoughts on what the
URN might in future resolve to?
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Subject: ISSN for RFC Series under Consideration
The IETF Trust is considering applying to the U.S. Library of Congress
to obtain an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) for the RFC
Series and would like community input to inform its decision. The Trust
may take up this matter on June 11th.
An ISSN is applied to serials - print or non-print publications issued
in parts. A serial is expected to continue indefinitely. Serials
include magazines, newspapers, annuals, journals, proceedings,
transactions of societies, and monographic series. Other SDOs, such as
the IEEE, have obtained ISSNs for their publications. A single ISSN
uniquely identifies a title regardless of language or country in which
published, without the burden of a complex bibliographic description.
The ISSN itself has no significance other than the unique identification
of a serial.
The Trust believes there are advantages to indentifying the RFC Series
with an ISSN. Among them,
1. Make reference to the series compact and globally unique;
2. Make the series, and individual RFCs, easier to reference in some
3. Results in accurate citing of serials by scholars, researchers,
abstracters, and librarians;
4. ISSN registrations are maintained in an international data base and
are made available in the ISSN Register online
According to the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/issn/, for serials
available only in online versions, the ISSN should appear on the title
screen or home page and/or in the masthead or other areas where
information about publisher, frequency, subscribing, copyright, etc. is
There is no cost associated with obtaining ISSNs.
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