Internet Architecture Board (IAB) N. Brownlee, Ed.
Request for Comments: 8730
The University of Auckland
R. Hinden, Ed.
Category: Informational Check Point Software
ISSN: 2070-1721 February 2020
Independent Submission Editor Model
This document describes the function and responsibilities of the RFC
Independent Submission Editor (ISE). The Independent Submission
stream is one of the stream producers that create draft RFCs, with
the ISE as its stream approver. The ISE is overall responsible for
activities within the Independent Submission stream, working with
draft editors and reviewers, and interacts with the RFC Production
Center and Publisher, and the RFC Series Editor (RSE). The ISE is
appointed by the IAB, and also interacts with the IETF Administration
Limited Liability Company (LLC).
This version obsoletes RFC 6548
to replace all references to the
Internet Administrative Support Activity (IASA) and related
structures with those defined by the IASA 2.0 structure.
Status of This Memo
This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
published for informational purposes.
This document is a product of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
and represents information that the IAB has deemed valuable to
provide for permanent record. It represents the consensus of the
Internet Architecture Board (IAB). Documents approved for
publication by the IAB are not candidates for any level of Internet
Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841
Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
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Table of Contents 1.
Independent Submission Editor 2.1.
Independent Submission Editorial Board 4.
Security Considerations 5.
Normative References 5.2.
IAB Members at the Time of Approval
The RFC Editor Model [RFC8728
] defines a set of streams that produce
draft RFCs, which are submitted for publication. This document
defines the management function for the Independent Submission
stream, specifically the role of Independent Submission Editor (ISE).
The previous version of this document [RFC6548
] is a derivative of
], Section 3.2
, and was separated out from [RFC6635
This document updates the Independent Submission Editor Model to
align it with the IASA 2.0 structure [RFC8711
] that creates the IETF
Administration Limited Liability Company ("LLC") managed by a board
of directors ("LLC Board"). This document obsoletes [RFC6548
2. Independent Submission Editor
The ISE is an individual who is responsible for the Independent
Submission stream of RFCs, as defined by [RFC8729
]. The Independent
Submission stream and the ISE are not under the authority or
direction of the RSE or the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC)
]). As noted below, the ISE is appointed by and is
responsible directly to the IAB.
The ISE is a senior position for which the following qualifications
are desired: 1.
Technical competence, i.e., broad technical experience and
perspective across a wide range of Internet technologies and
applications, and also the ability to work effectively with
portions of that spectrum in which they have no personal
Thorough familiarity with the RFC series. 3.
An ability to define and constitute advisory and document review
arrangements. If those arrangements include an Editorial Board
similar to the current one or some equivalent arrangement, the
ability to assess the technical competence of potential Editorial
Board members (see Section 3
4. Good standing in the technical community, in and beyond the IETF. 5.
Demonstrated editorial skills, good command of the English
language, and demonstrated history of being able to work
effectively with technical documents and materials created by
6. The ability to work effectively in a multi-actor environment with
divided authority and responsibility similar to that described in
The ISE is an individual who may have assistants and who is
responsible for: 1.
Maintaining technical quality of the Independent Submission
Reviewing, approving, and processing Independent Submissions.
3. Forwarding draft RFCs in the Independent Submission stream to the 4.
RFC Production Center.
Defining and developing the scope of the Independent Submission
stream as a part of the overall RFC Editor function [RFC6635
5. Reviewing and approving RFC errata for Independent Submissions. 6.
Coordinating work and conforming to general RFC Series policies
as specified by the IAB and RSE.
7. Providing statistics and documentation as requested by the RSE
The ISE may choose to select individuals to participate in an
Advisory Board for assistance in special topics as the ISE deems
appropriate. Such an Advisory Board exists at the pleasure of the
ISE, and its members serve at the pleasure of the ISE.
The individual with the listed qualifications is selected by the IAB
after input has been collected from the community.
While the ISE itself is considered a volunteer function, the IAB
considers maintaining the Independent Submission stream part of the
IAB's supported activities. Therefore, the LLC should include these
costs in the IASA budget.3.
Independent Submission Editorial Board
The ISE is supported by an Editorial Board for the review of
Independent Submission stream documents. This board is known as the
Independent Submission Editorial Board. This volunteer Editorial
Board exists at the pleasure of the ISE, and its members serve at the
pleasure of the ISE. The existence of this board is simply noted
within this model, and additional discussion of such is considered
out of scope of this document.4.
This document has no specific security implications, however the same
security considerations as those in [RFC4846
] and [RFC8729
5.1. Normative References
] Klensin, J., Ed. and D. Thaler, Ed., "Independent
Submissions to the RFC Editor", RFC 4846
, July 2007,
] Brownlee, N., Ed. and IAB, "Independent Submission Editor
Model", RFC 6548
, DOI 10.17487/RFC6548
, June 2012,
] Haberman, B., Hall, J., and J. Livingood, "Structure of
the IETF Administrative Support Activity, Version 2.0",
BCP 101, RFC 8711
, DOI 10.17487/RFC8711
, February 2020,
] Kolkman, O., Ed., Halpern, J., Ed., and R. Hinden, Ed.,
"RFC Editor Model (Version 2)", RFC 8728
, February 2020,
] Housley, R., Ed. and L. Daigle, Ed., "The RFC Series and
RFC Editor", RFC 8729
, DOI 10.17487/RFC8729
5.2. Informative References
] Kolkman, O., Ed. and IAB, "RFC Editor Model (Version 1)", RFC 5620
, DOI 10.17487/RFC5620
, August 2009,
] Kolkman, O., Ed., Halpern, J., Ed., and IAB, "RFC Editor
Model (Version 2)", RFC 6635
, DOI 10.17487/RFC6635
IAB Members at the Time of Approval
The IAB members at the time of approval of [RFC6548
] were: Bernard
Aboba, Ross Callon, Alissa Cooper, Joel Halpern, Spencer Dawkins,
Russ Housley, David Kessens, Olaf Kolkman, Danny McPherson, Jon
Peterson, Andrei Robachevsky, Dave Thaler, and Hannes Tschofenig.
The IAB members at the time of approval of this document (RFC 8730
were: Jari Arkko, Alissa Cooper, Stephen Farrell, Wes Hardaker, Ted
Hardie, Christian Huitema, Zhenbin Li, Erik Nordmark, Mark
Nottingham, Melinda Shore, Jeff Tantsura, Martin Thomson, and Brian
Generous thanks to Joel Halpern for all his help with this document,
and for all his work on [RFC6635
]. Thanks also to the IAB members,
whose comments and suggestions were both welcome and useful.
Bob Hinden served as document editor for this RFC to align it with
the IASA 2.0 structure.
Nevil Brownlee (editor)
The University of Auckland
Robert M. Hinden (editor)
Check Point Software
959 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
United States of America