Citing KIM Items

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 model drivers, models, test drivers, and verifications 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 openkim.org that has the form https://openkim.org/cite/CC_DDDDDDDDDDDD_VVV (where CC_DDDDDDDDDDDD_VVV is the KIM ID).

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

  • A citation to the original KIM paper:

    E. B. Tadmor, R. S. Elliott, J. P. Sethna, R. E. Miller and C. A. Becker, "The Potential of Atomistic Simulations and the Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models", JOM, 63:17, 2011.

NOTE: Records in BibTex format containing all of the above information are automatically generated for all KIM content and are available for download in the header at the top of the item's page on openkim.org

Below are examples of citation formats for different KIM items.

Citing a KIM Model

… The simulations were performed using the Stillinger-Weber potential for silicon [1] archived in OpenKIM [2-4]. …

References

[1] F. H. Stillinger and T. A. Weber, Phys. Rev. B, 31:5262-5271, 1985.

[2] A. K. Singh, "Stillinger-Weber potential for Si due to Stillinger and Weber (1985) v005", OpenKIM, https://doi.org/10.25950/c74b293f.

[3] M. Wen, "Stillinger-Weber (SW) Model Driver v004", OpenKIM, https://doi.org/10.25950/f3abd2d6.

[4] E. B. Tadmor, R. S. Elliott, J. P. Sethna, R. E. Miller and C. A. Becker, "The Potential of Atomistic Simulations and the Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models", JOM, 63:17, 2011.

Citing a KIM Test

… the elastic constants of bcc Cu where computed using the approach described in [1] with the implementation archived in OpenKIM [2-5]. …

References

[1] J. B. Huntington, in Solid State Physics, edited by F. Seitz and D. Turnbull (Academic, New York, 1958), Vol. 7.

[2] J. Li, "Elastic constants for cubic crystals at zero temperature and pressure v004", OpenKIM, https://doi.org/10.25950/75393d88.

[3] J. Li, "Elastic constants for bcc Cu at zero temperature", OpenKIM, https://openkim.org/cite/TE_091603841600_004.

[4] E. B. Tadmor, R. S. Elliott, J. P. Sethna, R. E. Miller and C. A. Becker, "The Potential of Atomistic Simulations and the Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models", JOM, 63:17, 2011.