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How to cite PLUMED

The development of the PLUMED open source library is not only the hard work of a few core developers, but also the collective effort of an entire community of users, developers, and contributors. In early 2019, we acknowledged this successfull working model by founding the PLUMED consortium. In this spirit, we kindly invite you to use the following (or equivalent) wording in any work published using PLUMED:

"This work was carried out using the open-source, community-developed PLUMED library [1], version 2.x [2] (or alternatively version 1.x [3])."


  • If you use one of the indepedent PLUMED modules or some specific PLUMED features, please also cite the appropriate reference(s). You can find a complete list of suggested references in the PLUMED log file;

  • If you have deposited your data in PLUMED-NEST before submitting your paper, we invite you to add the following sentence to the manuscript: "All the data and PLUMED input files required to reproduce the results reported in this paper are available on PLUMED-NEST (, the public repository of the PLUMED consortium [1], as plumID:XX.YYY". See here for more information.

PLUMED essential bibliography

[1] The PLUMED consortium. Promoting transparency and reproducibility in enhanced molecular simulations, Nat. Methods 16, 670 (2019)

[2] G.A. Tribello, M. Bonomi, D. Branduardi, C. Camilloni, G. Bussi. PLUMED2: New feathers for an old bird, Comp. Phys. Comm. 185, 604 (2014), preprint available as arXiv:1310.0980

[3] M. Bonomi, D. Branduardi, G. Bussi, C. Camilloni, D. Provasi, P. Raiteri, D. Donadio, F. Marinelli, F. Pietrucci, R.A. Broglia and M. Parrinello. PLUMED: a portable plugin for free energy calculations with molecular dynamics, Comp. Phys. Comm. 180, 1961 (2009), preprint available as arXiv:0902.0874