Articles from the Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians, Seoul, 2014 don't appear to be on Mathscinet. Why is this?

(Someone pointed this out to me recently, and I was reminded of it today when I tried to cite a lecture.)

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    $\begingroup$ One can ask the people at MathSciNet such questions directly. The answer is likely to be that they have not received review copies of the manuscripts. But asking these questions may lead them to request review copies again. I wrote to the executive editor just now. ams.org/publications/math-reviews/edcommandstaff $\endgroup$
    – Dan Ramras
    Nov 16, 2017 at 5:31

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We have had difficulty obtaining the requisite permissions from the publisher. The ICM2014 website has the Legal Disclaimer: "The Seoul ICM Organizing Committee, the legal copyright owner of the articles in the proceedings, hearby grants unlimited noncommercial download and use of the articles." This is not sufficient for our purposes. The most recent communication with them was this week. (Note: I'm the person @DanRamras wrote to.)

Update (2018.02.22). We have now received permission from the publisher, as well as physical copies of the proceedings. The papers are now in the database and available in MathSciNet. Further processing (such as reviews) is still to come. See ICM2014, Volume I, ICM2014, Volume II, ICM2014, Volume III, and ICM2014, Volume IV.

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    $\begingroup$ Nothing says "formal legal disclaimer" like misspelling "hereby". $\endgroup$
    – LSpice
    Nov 16, 2017 at 17:50
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    $\begingroup$ The material is copyrighted. So we need to have permission to take a copy and do something with it. In particular, we need permission to send a copy on to a reviewer. $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2017 at 20:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Edward yep, copyright is a complicated beast. (also, this case illustrates why just having something available on the internet is not great open acces, without further guarantees of usage rights) $\endgroup$
    – David Roberts
    Nov 16, 2017 at 20:15
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    $\begingroup$ @EdwardDunne: thank you very much for this information. I am glad to hear that efforts are being made. It seems to me that having these proceedings indexed (as is the case for past ICMs) is quite important for the mathematical community, and I hope the publisher agrees! Good luck with your efforts. $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2017 at 23:18
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    $\begingroup$ I have updated my original answer with new information. $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2018 at 20:35

This is just a comment, in community-wiki format to make it easier to compactify links.

To expand on Ed Dunne's reply, it may be helpful to note that each ICM organizing committee makes its own arrangements about formal publication of proceedings. For the Seoul ICM see Seoul and for PDF files of their four volumes of proceedings see here. Presumably in due time all of this will be incorporated into the ICM site, where one can find older proceedings: ICM.

Nowadays most people post earlier manuscripts on the arXiv, but of course they are more troublesome to track down. In any case, the ICM databases of speakers and sessions are useful because published proceedings are usually organized into several volumes.


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