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The IRSG review process is described in more detail at This page was reset on 2019-08-30, since the previous information was several years out of date.

IRSG Final Poll

Active polls:

  • None


  • draft-irtf-icnrg-terminology
    • 2019-09-23: IRSG poll started on -05 draft
    • 2019-09-24: Börje Ohlman: recuse
    • 2019-09-24: Stephen Farrell: not ready to publish
    • 2019-09-30: Waiting for update/discussion to address Stephen Farrell's comments
    • 2019-10-03: Draft revised; Börje Ohlman issued new call for comments from RG, concluding 2019-10-14
    • 2019-10-14: Börje Ohlman: ready for new IRSG poll
    • 2019-10-14: IRSG final poll started on -06 draft, concluding 2019-10-28
    • 2019-10-15: Vincent Roca: almost ready to publish, with comments
    • 2019-10-15: Börje Ohlman: recuse
    • 2019-10-15: Marie-Jose Montpetit: almost ready
    • 2019-10-16: Brian Trammell: almost ready, with comments
    • 2019-10-23: Spencer Dawkins: ready once Brian's comments have been addressed
    • 2019-10-26: Ari Keränen: no objection, with comments
    • 2019-10-28: Carsten Bormann: no objection, with comments
    • 2019-10-28: IRSG poll completed: awaiting updated draft, then will re-issue poll to confirm
    • 2019-11-02: IRSG poll started on -07 draft, concluding 2019-11-18
    • 2019-11-05: Spencer, Vincent, Brian - ready to publish
    • 2019-11-17: -08 draft submitted; waiting on IRTF chair
    • 2019-12-09: IESG conflict review started
  • draft-irtf-icnrg-disaster
    • 2019-08-05: IRSG final poll started on -07 draft
    • 2019-08-26: Shivan Sahub, no objection
    • 2019-08-26: Brian Trammell, no objection
    • 2019-09-06: Jeffrey He, ready to publish
    • 2019-09-09: Marie-Jose Montpetit: "the document is acceptable"
    • 2019-09-11: Vincent Roca: ready to publish, subject to minor corrections
    • 2019-09-11: Poll completed: awaiting updated draft, then will re-issue poll to confirm
    • 2019-11-25: The -08 draft was submitted to address Vincent's comments; Shivan and Jeffrey also noted minor nits that need to be addressed
    • 2019-11-26: The -09 draft addresses the final comments; waiting on IRTF chair
    • 2019-12-09: IESG conflict review started
  • draft-irtf-icnrg-deployment-guidelines
    • 2019-05-28: IRSG final poll started
    • 2019-05-31: Mat Ford, no objection
    • 2019-06-17: Alexey Melnikov, weak ready to publish
    • 2019-08-05: Marie-Jose Montpetit, ready to publish
    • 2019-08-13: Jeffrey He, ready to publish
    • 2019-08-29: Leandro Navarro, no objection
    • 2019-09-06: Poll completed: IESG conflict review started (on IESG agenda for 2019-10-17)
    • 2019-10-21: IESG "no conflicts"; awaiting sign-off from RG chairs and authors
    • 2019-11-25: authors confirmed no IPR. Waiting for IRTF Chair to send to RFC Editor.
    • 2019-12-09: sent to RFC Editor

The goal of the final IRSG poll is to determine if the draft is ready for publication as an RFC. Every IRSG member SHOULD vote on whether the document is ready. The possible votes are as follows:

  • Ready to publish -- requires a thorough read and reasonably detailed review
  • Not ready to publish -- requires a thorough read, reasonably detailed review, and actionable comments.
  • No objection -- I don't object if this document goes forward; I've read the document (perhaps quickly); I have some small comments which are not show stoppers; I don't have great expertise in the area.
  • Request more time to review -- a commitment to provide a thorough review in a specified period of time.
  • Recuse -- due to conflict of interest (includes document authors, chairs of research group requesting publication, document shepherd, and others with a conflict of interest).

At least two IRSG members (besides the one sponsoring the document) need to vote 'ready to publish' for the document to move forward. Any vote of 'not ready to publish' will hold a document's progress until the comments are addressed. The IRTF chair may choose to override 'not ready to publish' holds that, in the opinion of the chair, have received an adequate response. Poll responses should be send to the IRSG mailing list.

IRSG Review

Active reviews:

  • None


  • draft-irtf-icnrg-terminology
    • 2019-08-05: IRSG review initiated
    • 2019-08-30: review received from Marie-Jose Montpetit; waiting for document update
    • 2019-09-03: Dave Oran sent response to review comments to IRSG list; document not yet updated.
    • 2019-09-07: revised draft (-05) submitted. Waiting on shepherd to confirm changes are acceptable.
    • 2019-09-16: Review complete: shepherd confirmed changes okay
    • 2019-09-16: Waiting for shepherd write-up in datatracker, then ready for IRSG final poll

Upcoming review order (this list was reset and randomised on 2019-08-30):

  • Dirk Kutscher, DINRG & ICNRG Chair
  • Carsten Bormann, T2TRG Chair
  • Avri Doria, HRPC Chair
  • Christopher Wood, PEARG Chair
  • Dave Oran, ICNRG Chair
  • Nick Sullivan, CFRG Chair
  • Börje Ohlman, ICNRG Chair
  • Vincent Roca, NWCRG Chair
  • Jane Coffin, GAIA Chair
  • Dave Plonka, MAPRG Chair
  • Jérôme François, NMRG Chair
  • Mallory Knodel, HRPC Chair
  • Rod van Meter, QIRG Chair
  • Mirja Kühlewind, MAPRG Chair
  • Shivan Sahib, PEARG Chair
  • Brian Trammell, PANRG Chair
  • Laurent Ciavaglia, NMRG Chair
  • Leandro Navarro, GAIA Chair
  • Stephanie Wehner, QIRG Chair
  • Alexey Melnikov, CFRG Chair
  • Jen Linkova, PANRG Chair
  • Jana Iyengar, ICCRG Chair
  • Jeffrey He, COINRG Chair
  • Kenny Paterson, CFRG Chair
  • Ari Keränen, T2TRG Chair
  • Eve Schooler, COINRG Chair
  • Sara Dickinson, PEARG Chair
  • Melinda Shore, DINRG Chair
  • Mat Ford, At-Large Member
  • Marie-José Montpetit, COINRG & NWCRG Chair

Reviewers are assigned by the IRTF Chair on a loose round-robin basis: If someone volunteers promptly to perform an IRSG review of a document, the review is assigned to that person and their name is moved to the bottom of the list. If no one volunteers to review a document, the next name from the top of the list is assigned. This IRTF chair is not on the review list, since it is expected that they will review each document before issuing the IRSG review request.

The purpose of the IRSG review is to ensure consistent editorial and technical quality for IRTF publications. IRSG review is not a deep technical review. (This should take place within the RG.) At least one IRSG member other than the chair of the RG bringing the work forth must review the document and the RG's editorial process.

IRSG reviewers should look for clear, cogent, and consistent writing. An important aspect of the review is to gain a critical reading from reviewers who are not subject matter experts and, in the process, assure the document will be accessible to those beyond the authoring research group. Also, reviewers should assess whether sufficient editorial and technical review has been conducted and the requirements of this process document, such as those described in IRTF-RFCs have been met. Finally, reviewers should check that appropriate citations to related research literature have been made.

Reviews should be written to be public. Review comments should be sent to the IRSG and RG mailing lists and entered into the tracker. All IRSG review comments must be addressed. However, the RG need not accept every comment. It is the responsibility of the shepherd to understand the comments and ensure that the RG considers them including adequate dialog between the reviewer and the author and/or RG. Reviews and their resolution should be entered into the tracker by the document shepherd.

The IRSG review often results in the document being revised. Once the reviewer(s), authors, and shepherd have converged on review comments, the shepherd starts the IRSG Poll on whether the document should be published.

IRTF Chair Review


  • draft-irtf-cfrg-argon2
    • 2019-07-03: CFRG chairs requested IRSG review on -06
    • 2019-07-17: IRTF chair reviewed document
    • 2019-10-10: Authors revised document to -08 to address most comments
    • 2019-10-16: Authors and IRTF chair concluded discussion; awaiting minor update to draft
    • 2019-11-23: Authors submitted -09 draft; waiting on IRTF chair


The IRTF chair will review each draft submitted for publication prior to IRSG review.