Citing KIM Content

All items uploaded to (model, model driver, test, test driver, reference data, etc.) are archived under version control. They have unique KIM IDs and are accessed via permanent URLs. Some items are also issued DOIs including portable models, simulator models, model drivers, test drivers, and verification checks. (Learn more about KIM DOIs).

A KIM item is cited by including the following information:

  • Citations to any scientific sources associated with the KIM Item (such as journal publications).

  • A citation to the uploaded item including the following information:
    • name of contributor
    • year contributed
    • title
    • publisher (OpenKIM)
    • DOI if available, or permanent URL on that has the form (where CC_DDDDDDDDDDDD_VVV is the KIM ID).

  • In the case of a Portable Model (Test) which is associated with a Model Driver (Test Driver), the above items should be cited for both the Portable Model (Test) and the Model Driver (Test Driver).

  • A citation to the original KIM paper:

    Tadmor EB, Elliott RS, Sethna JP, Miller RE, Becker CA. The potential of atomistic simulations and the Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models. JOM. 2011;63(7):17. doi:10.1007/s11837-011-0102-6

  • A citation to the KIM API:

    Elliott RS, Tadmor EB. Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models (KIM) Application Programming Interface (API). OpenKIM; 2011. doi:10.25950/ff8f563a

The correct citation format for any KIM item (Model, Test, etc.) is displayed in the header of the item's page in along with a BibTex file with all the records and LaTeX source for generating the citation. Item pages are accessed through the KIM Browse Interface.