I have reached the maximum paper length and already shortened everything as possible. I use 4 different github repositories, which I mention in my paper. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no room left to add a citation for each repository.

What options are there to solve this problem?

Would it be a good idea to create a new own repository that references the 4 different repositories and only cite my own repository?

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    Are the repositories your work, or the work of others? – origimbo Jan 16 at 21:58
  • All repositories are of different people – methus Jan 18 at 5:43
  • Are you sure references are included in the maximum length? For many conferences references are excluded from the page count, precisely to avoid authors removing relevant references. – Erwan Feb 16 at 12:28
  • Unfortunately, references were added to the page limit. I've added the github links as a footnote. So they are still in the paper, but do not take up so much space. – methus Feb 16 at 13:57
  • How much are you over? Perhaps you can ask the editors for a nominal break on the word limit (e.g., "I've cut as much as I can, can I exceed the word limit by 42 words?") – anonymous Feb 16 at 19:30

URLs (including those for Github repositories) needn't be cited, they can (and commonly should) be included as footnotes.

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    Strongly disagree. References are references, and all references should be cited. – JeffE Jan 17 at 9:55
  • Agree with @JeffE and remember that if someone needs to cite a repository, then it means they actually used the work in their own research. – anonymous Feb 16 at 19:29

You could create a DOI for each repository with Zenodo and then put all the DOI's in a single reference. Note that you can connect your github account to Zenodo, making the whole procedure really straightforward (see here for a how-to).

Not very elegant, but I don't see any other "simple" solution.

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