The thorough answer to Roadmap and possible pitfalls for a first-time software author to publish a paper on a Python package? covers the issue nicely, and it's not yet clear if in my case this paper still needs to be published stand-alone. The reason is that the mathematics behind it will be sufficiently described in a supplemental materials document associated with a (hopefully forthcoming) publication in the general fields of advanced materials and surface science.

Now my question is if the supplemental section of a published paper in a well recognized journal will sufficient to use as a citation in subsequent papers e.g. "coefficients were extracted using the same analysis as previously described in X et al." (or something with less awkward cadence) where the bibliographic item will mention the supplemental section to that paper.

Question: Is this a generally acceptable way to do this, or are supplemental materials not considered to be "real" references, either because (perhaps, just guessing) they are not as thoroughly peer-reviewed as the main paper to which they are attached, or don't appear in the print version and so are not considered as accessible, or for reasons I can't yet imagine?

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    Maybe there's variation in this, but I've written citations like "following the method described in the Supplementary Information of Ref. [X]".
    – Anyon
    Nov 13 '20 at 3:31
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    @Anyon this might turn out to be a simpler question to answer than I'd originally thought, and that might be a well be the well-received answer to it!
    – uhoh
    Nov 20 '20 at 3:33
  • Why wouldn't you be able to cite this? Citation just gives credit, it doesn't attest that it's been peer reviewed. Aug 15 '21 at 0:07
  • @ScottSeidman the goal of citing the supplemental material is to provide a source where the "...mathematics behind it will be sufficiently described ...", not to assign credit. It's achieving that goal that I'm asking about. Rather than a "Why would you think it wouldn't be?" comment, if you think it will be okay then please feel free to post that as an answer. Thanks!
    – uhoh
    Aug 15 '21 at 0:36

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