I have submitted around ~12 bug reports and want to cite this factoid in my paper. But I don't want to cite 12 different links for each GitHub issue. The links all have this common prefix:


So, when I added the link in my citation, I was thinking of using https://github.com/ConsenSys/mythril/issues/[584, 1270, 1232, 1235, 1293, 1294, 988, 1300, 1303, 1291, 1238, 1295].

There is no single suggested citation format (e.g., MLA, APA, IEEE), but an answer that somewhat, but not quite, resembles my query is here. Is there any documentation that anyone could point me to? If not, I will go with that answer.

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    Could you perhaps cite the issues page and expand on what issues you posted in a footnote? Jan 28, 2020 at 4:46
  • I like it. I haven't so far used footnotes, but that seems like it would be better than what I have going right now. Thanks! Jan 28, 2020 at 4:49
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    Is it too much to ask why you are citing bug tickets in your paper? Anyway, offering the numbers alone would be enough for someone to follow up. Jan 28, 2020 at 4:57
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    Its a fair question. I took on an overly narrative tone and have to dial it back, according to my adviser, so I may actually decide to not include that. Thanks for the tips. Jan 28, 2020 at 5:09
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    @AaronBrick Generally, citing issue reports is a good idea if it allows readers to verify and reproduce the paper's findings. Jan 28, 2020 at 8:21

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As hinted in a comment, "the numbers alone would be enough." Those numbers can appear in the main body, e.g.,

During the course of this research, twelve bugs were reported for the mythril security analysis software. (Those reports are numbered 584, 1270, 1232, 1235, 1293, 1294, 988, 1300, 1303, 1291, 1238, and 1295, all of which are accessibly from the following url: \url{https://github.com/ConsenSys/mythril/issues/}.)

You could push the bracketed details to a footnote, since they are less interesting. You could also summarise any particularly interesting reports, perhaps you've already done that.

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