Maybe the question can be off-topic or more appropriate for other communities, I try to ask it here.

I am currently writing my thesis and I want to cite the yellow paper. Google scholar provides the original version of 2014:

     title={Ethereum: A secure decentralised generalised transaction ledger},
     author={Wood, Gavin},
     journal={Ethereum project yellow paper},

I would like to cite the current version (or at least a recent one).

Where can I found the information about journal and volume and It is still correct to indicate Gavin Wood as the only Author?


The yellow paper wasn't published in a scientific journal and it was authored by Gavin wood. To cite the current version you can reference :

https://gavwood.com/paper.pdf or

as you see google indicates that this link was referenced in many scientific papers : enter image description here

and here is a list of paper referencing the yellow paper in google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?client=firefox-b-ab&um=1&ie=UTF-8&lr&q=related:cxfupOECevEHQM:scholar.google.com/

  • Yes I know that, but the version is too old and super-deprecated, I would like to cite the current one. Obviously, all authors cite the old version but actually use the most recent one. BTW the bibtex entry I cited is the one taken from google scholar, as I said in the question :)
    – Briomkez
    Oct 12 '18 at 12:53
  • if you have looked at the github repos i ve shared in my answer, you would find the latest version ethereum.github.io/yellowpaper/paper.pdf. you'll find all details in their readme file
    – Badr Bellaj
    Oct 12 '18 at 17:16
  • You are right, but they do not provide how to cite their work :/ Thank you for the answer ^^
    – Briomkez
    Oct 13 '18 at 10:07
  • just use there url and author's name. If you think the link is enough please don't forget to accept the answer.
    – Badr Bellaj
    Oct 13 '18 at 13:12

The paper does not contain any information about journal of any sort, nor year of publishing. The critical information is the version/revision.

According to the citebay: http://citebay.com/how-to-cite/ethereum/

I would use one of following:

Version of paper as edition

     title={Ethereum: A secure decentralised generalised transaction ledger},
     author={Wood, Gavin},
     edition={EIP-150 REVISION}

Version of paper in name

     title={Ethereum: A secure decentralised generalised transaction ledger EIP-150 REVISION},
     author={Wood, Gavin},

I would use the version that works better with the final citation norm I use.

  • This doesn't make sense. EIP-150 is not a revision or version of the yellow paper; it's an Ethereum improvement proposal. Sep 19 '19 at 22:01

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