Commentaries and discussion on seminal papers in molecular simulation.


Aims and Scope

KIM REVIEW publishes commentaries on important articles related to classical molecular simulations of hard and soft matter materials. The objectives are to inform practitioners in the field of key contributions, both new developments and foundational work, that they should be aware of, and to provide a forum for community discussion of such innovations.

  • The commentary provides the writer’s opinion on the featured article, its importance, the impact it has made on the field, and potential new directions that it opens. It is intended to spark a discussion through a thread that accompanies each commentary on the KIM REVIEW discussion forum.
  • Commentaries may be critical, but are required to maintain the civil tone of scientific discourse. The same applies to the accompanying community discussion.
  • Commentaries are by invitation only, but KIM REVIEW welcomes suggestions from the research community on which articles to feature with a commentary and suggestions for commentary writers.

The scope of KIM REVIEW broadly covers all aspects of classical molecular simulation. Articles selected to be featured with a commentary involve key developments in molecular simulation methods and breakthrough science performed using such methods. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, important advances in the following areas:

  • Atomistic techniques and algorithms (e.g. molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, lattice dynamics)
  • Multiscale methods (e.g. coarse graining, partitioned-domain methods, hierarchical multiscale, temporal acceleration)
  • Interatomic model development (e.g. interatomic potentials and force fields, machine learning techniques, training methods)
  • Computing innovations related to the field (e.g. optimization, hardware acceleration, heterogeneous computing, automatic differentiation, uncertainty quantification).
  • Applications of molecular simulation that have led to significant technological breakthroughs or scientific discoveries that constitute “success stories” in the field.

Editorial Process and Commentary Writer Guidelines

KIM REVIEW is led by two Co-Editors who together select the articles to be featured and invite commentary writers. The Co-Editors will be advised by an Editorial Board broadly representing the field of molecular simulation. The Editorial Board will recommend papers to be featured, suggest appropriate commentary writers, and in coordination with the Co-Editors assist with commentary writer invitations.

  • Commentaries published in KIM REVIEW represent the opinions of the writers about a featured article. They are read by the Co-Editors to ensure that they meet basic standards in terms of language and accuracy. The commentaries are not sent out for peer review, instead an open community discussion accompanies the commentary after it is published on a dedicated thread hosted at People participating in the discussion are encouraged to keep their posts brief (200 words or less) in order to keep the discussion focused and succinct.
  • Each featured article is accompanied by a brief "Statement of Significance" (SoS) prepared by the Co-Editors explaining why the paper was selected for review. The SoS will be sent to the Commentary writer as a guideline and posted along with the Commentary to help readers understand the context of the Commentary.
  • There are no formal length restrictions on Commentaries, however typical Commentaries are between 1000-2500 words (which translates to about 2-5 pages). Equations, figures and tables are translated to a word count using the formula provided by Physical Review Letters.
  • If a Commentary reproduces content (figures, tables, etc.) that has been previously published, the Commentary writer is required to obtain the necessary permission by contacting the publisher of the original content.
  • Before publication, Commentaries will be sent to the authors of the reviewed paper for comment. If provided, the authors' comments will be appended to the Commentary in an "Author's Response" section subject to the Co-Editors discretion.
  • Once published, Commentaries are issued a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to enable citation and cannot be changed. The exception is the correction of minor errors, such as typographical mistakes, subject to the approval of the Co-Editors.

KIM REVIEW is supported by OpenKIM