I got a comment from a reviewer to incorporate my reference links into reference names to make the reference list shorter.

How should I do this? My references are inside a .bib file and I am using Overleaf.

At the moment, I am using the following code to add my bibliography to the paper:

\bibliography{paper3.bib, update2ref.bib} % I have two files for my references. 

A sample of my references:

Unger, C., B ̈uhmann, L.: Template-based question answering over RDF data.Proceedings of the 21st international
conference on World Wide Web pp.639–648 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1145/2187836.2187923,http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2187836.2187923{%}5Cnhttp://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=218792330.

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    Remove the url-field, as the doi refers to this very site. – Alexander Wittmann Jul 13 at 10:54
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    Completely unrelated to your actual question, but \bibliography takes file names without extensions. So *\bibliography{paper3.bib, update2ref.bib} should be \bibliography{paper3,update2ref}. Most current systems will also find the files if you erroneously include the .bib file ending, but this is not guaranteed (and wasn't the case until recently in MikTeX on Windows). – moewe Jul 13 at 17:49
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    To your question: It is tricky, but not impossible to just link the reference text to a URL. But in your case that would involve messing with the .bst file, which is written in a very unusual programming language. (Plus I'm not sure if the publisher would be happy with such a departure from their original style, even if a reviewer suggested it). Would it not be an option to clean up the links instead? Currently it looks as though there are three links at the end of the entry. One should suffice (doi = {10.1145/2187836.2187923} or url = {https://doi.org/10.1145/2187836.2187923}). – moewe Jul 13 at 17:52
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    Well I saw your earlier question, but frankly it wasn't quite clear to me what you wanted (there was no proper MWE: tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/228/35864), so I decided to give it a pass - and to be honest it still isn't exactly clear what you want (what do you mean by incorporate links into reference names?). It is clear, however, that the URLs you have at the moment are a bit too much. ... – moewe Jul 14 at 17:22
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    ... If by "incorporate links into reference names" you mean that you want to make the reference text a clickable link to a URL you would have to modify the bibliography style that generates your bibliography in a way that allows it to generate these links. That would involve editing the bibliography style (.bst file), which can be a bit messy. – moewe Jul 14 at 17:23

It is always better to use a reference manager such as jabref to generate and manage reference rather than manually inserting them.

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