MDAnalysis and the included algorithms are scientific software that are described in academic publications. Please cite these papers when you use MDAnalysis in published work.

It is possible to automatically generate a list of references for any program that uses MDAnalysis. This list (in common reference manager formats) contains the citations associated with the specific algorithms and libraries that were used in the program.

Citations using Duecredit

Citations can be automatically generated using duecredit, depending on the packages used. Duecredit is easy to install via pip. Simply type:

pip install duecredit

duecredit will remain an optional dependency, i.e. any code using MDAnalysis will work correctly even without duecredit installed.

A list of citations for can be obtained using simple commands.

cd /path/to/yourmodule
python -m duecredit

or set the environment variable DUECREDIT_ENABLE


Once the citations have been extracted (to a hidden file in the current directory), you can use the duecredit program to export them to different formats. For example, one can display them in BibTeX format, using:

duecredit summary --format=bibtex

Please cite your use of MDAnalysis and the packages and algorithms that it uses. Thanks!


Oliver Beckstein, Elizabeth J. Denning, Juan R. Perilla, and Thomas B. Woolf. Zipping and Unzipping of Adenylate Kinase: Atomistic Insights into the Ensemble of Open↔Closed Transitions. Journal of Molecular Biology, 394(1):160–176, November 2009. 00107. URL:, doi:10.1016/j.jmb.2009.09.009.


R. B. Best, G. Hummer, and W. A. Eaton. Native contacts determine protein folding mechanisms in atomistic simulations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(44):17874–17879, October 2013. 00259. URL:, doi:10.1073/pnas.1311599110.


Joel Franklin, Patrice Koehl, Sebastian Doniach, and Marc Delarue. MinActionPath: maximum likelihood trajectory for large-scale structural transitions in a coarse-grained locally harmonic energy landscape. Nucleic Acids Research, 35(suppl_2):W477–W482, July 2007. 00083. URL:, doi:10.1093/nar/gkm342.


Richard J. Gowers, Max Linke, Jonathan Barnoud, Tyler J. E. Reddy, Manuel N. Melo, Sean L. Seyler, Jan Domański, David L. Dotson, Sébastien Buchoux, Ian M. Kenney, and Oliver Beckstein. MDAnalysis: A Python Package for the Rapid Analysis of Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Proceedings of the 15th Python in Science Conference, pages 98–105, 2016. 00152. URL:, doi:10.25080/Majora-629e541a-00e.


Benjamin A. Hall, Samantha L. Kaye, Andy Pang, Rafael Perera, and Philip C. Biggin. Characterization of Protein Conformational States by Normal-Mode Frequencies. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 129(37):11394–11401, September 2007. 00020. URL:, doi:10.1021/ja071797y.


Joël Janin, Shoshanna Wodak, Michael Levitt, and Bernard Maigret. Conformation of amino acid side-chains in proteins. Journal of Molecular Biology, 125(3):357 – 386, 1978. 00874. URL:, doi:10.1016/0022-2836(78)90408-4.


Pu Liu, Dimitris K. Agrafiotis, and Douglas L. Theobald. Fast determination of the optimal rotational matrix for macromolecular superpositions. Journal of Computational Chemistry, pages n/a–n/a, 2009. URL:, doi:10.1002/jcc.21439.


Simon C. Lovell, Ian W. Davis, W. Bryan Arendall, Paul I. W. de Bakker, J. Michael Word, Michael G. Prisant, Jane S. Richardson, and David C. Richardson. Structure validation by Cα geometry: ϕ,ψ and Cβ deviation. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 50(3):437–450, January 2003. 03997. URL:, doi:10.1002/prot.10286.


Naveen Michaud-Agrawal, Elizabeth J. Denning, Thomas B. Woolf, and Oliver Beckstein. MDAnalysis: A toolkit for the analysis of molecular dynamics simulations. Journal of Computational Chemistry, 32(10):2319–2327, July 2011. 00778. URL:, doi:10.1002/jcc.21787.


Hai Nguyen, David A Case, and Alexander S Rose. NGLview–interactive molecular graphics for Jupyter notebooks. Bioinformatics, 34(7):1241–1242, April 2018. 00024. URL:, doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btx789.


Sean L. Seyler, Avishek Kumar, M. F. Thorpe, and Oliver Beckstein. Path Similarity Analysis: A Method for Quantifying Macromolecular Pathways. PLOS Computational Biology, 11(10):e1004568, October 2015. URL:, doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004568.


O S Smart, J M Goodfellow, and B A Wallace. The pore dimensions of gramicidin A. Biophysical Journal, 65(6):2455–2460, December 1993. 00522. URL:, doi:10.1016/S0006-3495(93)81293-1.


O. S. Smart, J. G. Neduvelil, X. Wang, B. A. Wallace, and M. S. Sansom. HOLE: a program for the analysis of the pore dimensions of ion channel structural models. Journal of Molecular Graphics, 14(6):354–360, 376, December 1996. 00935. doi:10.1016/s0263-7855(97)00009-x.


Lukas S. Stelzl, Philip W. Fowler, Mark S. P. Sansom, and Oliver Beckstein. Flexible gates generate occluded intermediates in the transport cycle of LacY. Journal of Molecular Biology, 426(3):735–751, February 2014. 00000. URL:, doi:10.1016/j.jmb.2013.10.024.


Douglas L. Theobald. Rapid calculation of RMSDs using a quaternion-based characteristic polynomial. Acta Crystallographica Section A Foundations of Crystallography, 61(4):478–480, July 2005. 00127. URL:, doi:10.1107/S0108767305015266.


Matteo Tiberti, Elena Papaleo, Tone Bengtsen, Wouter Boomsma, and Kresten Lindorff-Larsen. ENCORE: Software for Quantitative Ensemble Comparison. PLOS Computational Biology, 11(10):e1004415, October 2015. 00031. URL:, doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004415.