DBLP FAQ: What is the meaning of "DBLP"?
The DBLP server provides bibliographic information on major computer science journals and proceedings. Initially the server was focused on DataBase systems and Logic Programming (DBLP), now it is gradually being expanded toward most other fields of computer science. You may now accept "DBLP" as a name of this service. The initial acronym has lost its meaning.
The next level of DBLP pages is called publication streams: A publication stream enumerates the events of conference series like VLDB or the volumes of a journal like TODS. The pages contain links to the tables of contents (TOCs) of the proceedings or journal volumes. Bibliographic information on the proceedings, information on upcoming events and pointers to Web pages of the publishers are integrated into the DBLP publication stream pages.
Tables of Contents of proceedings or journals are the next level of the DBLP pages. The full list of authors, the title, and the page numbers are listed for each article. The name of each author is clickable: You may jump to a page which lists all registered publication of this person. If available, session titles and titles of special sections or issues are included into the TOC pages. The conference or journal name in the header line of the TOC pages is a back link to the publication stream level.
DBLP is a bibliography server and not a document repository or delivery service. Many papers indexed by DBLP have been published only in printed journals or proceedings. You may find them in your local library or order them from the publisher or a commercial delivery service. We do not answer requests for papers. To access the electronic version of articles provided by publishers you may have to subscribe their service. DBLP plays the role of an information broker which only refers you to an service provider.
- Michael Ley: DBLP - Some Lessons Learned. ... 1493-1500
give more background information about DBLP.