Monday, May 12, 2008

A Small Rant About Conference/Journal Papers and Timestamps

Why is it that most/all papers published in Journals and/or as part of conferences never have a date/timetamp attached?

Its rather a bit frustrating to read a paper you've been sent, or had a link for, only to have no idea when/where it was published...

Just Friday I was pointed at an article by Dan Geer - http://www.acmqueue.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=436

Awesome article, but you won't see any real date information on it. January/February Edition on the ACM Queue. Which year? Hmm, can't tell can you, at least not from that page. Hell, the date at the top is the date you loaded the page, not the date of the article. More than a little frustrating.

Ok, rant mode off. The next post will probably be about the article above.

2 comments:

Christian said...

This is quite funny because I was just thinking about this a couple of days ago after also stumbling across some papers that did not have any date information within. There was no way I could tell if the content was old or new.

-C

DM said...

It's near the bottom of the page on the left hand side. Right next to the links for parts 2 and 3.

ACM Queue vol. 4, no. 9 - November 2006

No the most obvious place I admit...