Code of Conduct

This code of conduct applies to all users and contributors to This includes contributors of digital content, contributors to KIM item Wikis, and communications via the OpenKIM Forum, contact forms and email. (Also see the Code of Conduct for the OpenKIM Forum for specific guidelines for discussion.)

This is a Civilized Place for Collaboration

Please treat OpenKIM with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share knowledge and scientific results and tools to advance molecular simulation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public interactions.


We want to be unequivocal in recognizing that the scientific community has serious issues with representation, with people being excluded or marginalized on the basis of sex, race and other personal characteristics. There is absolutely no place for sexism, racism or any other kind of discrimination or prejudice in modern science, and we want to take an active role to ensure our community is a fair, equitable and welcoming place. Our community is stronger and more effective when it recognizes all voices equally and treats everyone with respect.

There will be zero tolerance for harassment and any behavior that is discriminatory on the basis of age, disability, gender, relationship status, maternity, race, ethnicity, religion, sex or sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. If any such behavior is noticed, OpenKIM users and members are encouraged to let us know so that appropriate action can be taken.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post any digital content that belongs to someone else without permission. If in doubt, contact the KIM team.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

The KIM Project strives to ensure the quality and correctness of any content and information distributed through All digital content is vetted by the KIM Editor. However mistakes can happen. You can help by pointing out any errors or inaccuracies, or any content that is inappropriately posted.

In order to maintain the quality of the site, the KIM adminstration reserves the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. The KIM Project takes no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

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