Very often, in an answer on CSE, it is appropriate to make a reference to a published article. How is that best done? Specifically (the topics are interrelated):
- Should references be flowed in the text, grouped in the end, or..?
- Flowed example: Some attacks on implementations based on partial information about the private key have reported cost growing with exponent; e.g. Heninger and Shacham's Reconstructing RSA Private Keys from Random Key Bits, and perhaps Constantinos Patsakis's RSA private key reconstruction from random bits using SAT solvers.
- Grouped example: A review of the rich existing literature suggest low exponents are more vulnerable. For example, many attacks on RSA PKCS#1 v1.5 [CFPR96, CNJP00, BCNTV10] apply for small exponent only.
- Especially in inline citations where smaller is better, shall we
- Cite all authors or just the first one?
- Abbreviate author(s) names? To what degree?
- Omit journal reference, year?
- Give a single link, and which? (see below)
- What web link(s)?
- Prefer official paywalled version, or free one?
- Always warn against paywalled material?
- Refrain from linking to free material of questionable legality from a copyright standpoint?
- Chose between abridged and full version, or link to both?
- When there's a choice, link to an article's PDF or/and to a referring web page?
- Link to fair postscript or/and poor PDF? (fortunately this dilemma is becoming a rarity, and in this example there now is a choice).
- Is it useful to systematically mention
- Year? Always in 4-digit format when the conference did not (e.g. Crypto '98) or if the year does not quite coincide with a conference's name?
- Full journal/book name?
- Volume/Number, e.g. Volume 5 Number 1, LNCS 1807?
- Editor(s), like the last two names in: L. Batina, S. Seys, B. Preneel and I. Verbauwhede, "Public-Key Primitives", chapter in Cryptology & Information Security Series (CIS, IOS Press), volume on Wireless Sensors Networks (WSN) Security, IOS PRESS, 2008, J. Lopez , and J. Zhou (eds.), 2008.
- What typographic style?
- Italic for the title? Or..?
- Keep uppercase? e.g. EUROCRYPT '99?
- Abbreviations? In particular for the publication, publisher..
- Use of TeX to render a formula in a title?
[CFPR96] Don Coppersmith, Matthew Franklin, Jacques Patarin, Michael Reiter: Low-Exponent RSA with Related Messages, in proceedings of EuroCrypt 1996.
[CNJP00] Jean-Sébastien Coron, Marc Joye, David Naccache, Pascal Paillier: New Attacks on PKCS#1 v1.5 Encryption, in proceedings of EuroCrypt 2000.
[BCNTV10] Aurélie Bauer, Jean-Sébastien Coron, David Naccache, Mehdi Tibouchi, Damien Vergnaud: On the Broadcast and Validity-Checking Security of PKCS#1 v1.5 Encryption (paywalled), in proceedings of ACNS 2010 (full article).