All items uploaded to openkim.org (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).
CC_DDDDDDDDDDDD_VVVis 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 openkim.org 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.