Part of writing an academic paper involves reading related work in the related field (no way Sherlock, you say). Well I was doing just that when I encountered a problem. A journal paper referenced by another paper stated that the paper was to appear in a journal but never made it for some reason.
Let us look in depth to see if we can find if it did make it to the journal.The reference:
Wu, S. F., Chang, H. C., Jou, F., Wang, F., Gong, F., Sargor, C., Qu, D., and Cleaveland, R. 2001. JiNao: Design and implementation of a scalable intrusion detection system for the OSPF routing protocol. To appear in Journal of Computer Networks and ISDN Systems.
From the Journal paper :
Ning, P., Jajodia, S., and Wang, X. S. 2001. Abstraction-based intrusion detection in distributed environments. ACM Trans. Inf. Syst. Secur. 4, 4 (Nov. 2001), 407-452.
You will notice that the referenced paper has a date (i.e. 2001). After doing a google.com search I came across CiteSeer’s entry of the paper:
The reference there is without a date too :
S.F. Wu, H.C. Chang, F. Jou, F. Wang, F. Gong, C. Sargor, D. Qu, and R. Cleaveland. JiNao: Design and implementation of a scalable intrusion detection system for the OSPF routing protocol. To appear in Journal of Computer Networks and ISDN Systems
So I decided to lookup the Journal, it is often the case that a journal has an index of the papers published. After extensive searching I came across the following:
Journal of Computer Networks and ISDN Systems is catalogued on the ScienceDirect site:
Where the paper does not appear since the publications end on 14 December 1998 and the paper was written in the beginning of 1999. Another link provides more light on the matter.
From this site we take away that:
The International Journal of Computer and Telecommunications Networking
Former title: Computer Networks and ISDN Systems
So after looking up The International Journal of Computer and Telecommunications Networking we are lead to the ACM.org site:
We it can be noted that this Journal picks up where the other left off. Once again after searching it the paper did not appear in the indexes.
This is a serious problem as the work has not been published in a Journal. The reason the work is referenced in numerous papers is mainly due to its availability on the Internet (now only available from CiteSeer) and the quality of work. Unfortunately it has not made an appearance in a Journal and I would imagine can not be used.