I am about to submit a paper to https://www.siam.org/Conferences/CM/Main/sdm19 (deadline is today) and I have supplementary material contains further evidence, proofs, examples and the like.

I want to reference my supplementary material, like this:

... however, we found that the runtime is polynomial [24] and that ...

and then in the references:

[24] A. Uther, This One Paper - Supplementary material. www.github.com/asdf/wer

I found no guideline regarding this. Can I simply put my reference material on a website (e.g. github), put the link into the References section and cite the reference in the text? I have not seen this in any other paper, but I want to cite the supplementary material several times and using a footnote might be confusing: If I put the footnote at the first page I need to cite (e.g. page 3) and I need to cite it at page 9 the last time, people will be confused where to find this footnote.

Note: The conference is NOT double-blind, but only single-blind. (I don't know their names, but they know my name.)

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    What about mentioning the supplementary material just in text? "The in-depth analysis of the sepulation of mono-sepulary sepulkas S. gigantea is presented in the supplementary material." Oct 12 '18 at 15:03
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    @OlegLobachev: This is a lot longer than just "[24]" (space is an issue and I mention the material 3 times on 9 pages) and a reader (who is not the reviewer) would not know where to find it, right?
    – Make42
    Oct 12 '18 at 15:04
  • 1. Yes, it's longer. (I did it anyway when I had to, though.) 2. Of course a reader would know where to get it! At the journal page of your article, obviously. Oct 12 '18 at 15:15
  • @OlegLobachev: 2. No, the conference explicitly states that they are not going to publish the supplementary material. We have to host the supplementary material ourselves.
    – Make42
    Oct 12 '18 at 16:16
  • I have done such references several times in mathematical papers. Never has a referee or editor objected to it. Oct 12 '18 at 16:59

I found no guideline regarding this. Can I simply put my reference material on a website (e.g. github), put the link into the References section and cite the reference in the text?

Yes. It’s quite common for page-limited conference papers to include sentences like “We have omitted some proofs and supplentary results from this extended abstact due to space limitations; these can be found in the full version of the paper [25].”

You can simply put the work on the web and then cite it (with a working stable URL) as you would any other paper/resource on the web. Don’t bother with a footnote; just include it your references along with the papers and books that you cite.

If the supplementary material is text (for example, the time analysis of an algorithm), I strongly recommend creating a version of your paper that incorporates the extra material, posting that version to the arXiv, and then citing the arXiv preprint in your conference submission. If the supplementary material is code, you’re better off using a code platform like github.

  • Usually (with journals that make supplementary material available via the article web page), I'd say "see supplement[ary material]" or refer to figures as "Fig. S23" or the like.

  • As you comment that the journal will not make the supplementary material available, I'd suggest to publish in a repository like arXiv or Zenodo and then refer to that location. Still making clear that this is supplementary material to your paper, e.g. "see supplementary material [24]".
    Or state at the beginning of the paper that supplementary material is available externally, give the location there (as opposed to in the references) and then refer to it as supplementary material like you'd do for "normal" supplements.

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