In the context of a paper published in a conference's proceedings, a dblp record's
year field has a different meaning than in all other contexts:
- In case of an inproceedings record,
yeardescribes when the actual conference took place.
- For all other items,
yeardescribes when the item has been published.
Hence, if the proceedings volume of a conference is not published in the same year as the conference is hosted, this will lead to a discrepancy between the
year entries of the inproceedings and the proceedings records. The following example shows the situation for a typical post-proceedings volume:
<inproceedings key="conf/naa/Xiang08"> <title>Numerical Quadrature for Bessel Transformations ...</title> <year>2008</year> <booktitle>NAA</booktitle> <crossref>conf/naa/2008</crossref> ... </inproceedings> <proceedings key="conf/naa/2008"> <title>Numerical Analysis and Its Applications 2008, ...</title> <year>2009</year> <booktitle>NAA</booktitle> ... </proceedings>
We retain this (maybe unexpected) practice since a paper by an author named J. Smith that has been presented at a conference in the year, say, 2000, is commonly referred to as the "Smith, 2000" paper, regardless of when the actual post-proceedings volume appeared as a published product. A paper's year of publication can still be retrieved from the
year field of the referenced (see crossref) proceedings record.