When I was pursuing my PhD, the first academic paper I read
was "A. K. Parekh, R. G. Gallager,
A generalized processor sharing approach to flow control
in integrated services networks: the single-node case," IEEE/ACM
Transactions on Networking, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 344-357, June 1993," which
is no doubt a classic paper in the networking area, yet a little difficult to
an entry-level research student (you now know why I escaped from the topic of
queue management, and resorted to multimedia systems :-).
To my students, I would like to
recommend "S. H. Bokhari, On the Mapping Problem, IEEE Transactions
on Computers, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 207-214, March 1981" as the first
academic paper for your reading and learning －
its concise style is vanishing in most recent papers.
BTW: If you're a Chinese student, I suggest that you read
Dr.Chien Mu (錢穆)'s book
《中國史學名著》, which is his lecture notes for a postgraduate course at Taiwan in
1970s. While originally for PhD students in history, it is really
talking about the general principles on how to do research.
30 papers that every PhD in the field of networks
should know by
Network paper reading list