Information For Authors

The Living Journal of Computational Molecular Science is a peer-reviewed journal and welcomes submissions from all investigators.

Open Access Statement

LiveCoMS is a Diamond Open Access journal, with no charges for authors to submit papers and no charges for readers to access the articles.

License and Copyright Statement

All articles are licensed under the Creative Commons BY 4.0 license and can be used for any purpose with attribution. In some cases (such as with governmental authors) CC0 (public domain) may also be used. 

All article copyrights remain with the author(s); LiveCoMS only requires a nonexclusive license to publish from the authors.

Types of articles

Five types of manuscripts are currently published in LiveCoMS:

Before Submission

Authors must first send a presubmission letter to the section lead editor in the relevant area.

The contents of the letter are described in the Guide for writing articles for LiveCoMS.

Submissions without an approved presubmission letter will be rejected without review.

Once approved for submission, the authors should prepare the manuscript using LaTeX in a suitable public GitHub repository, using our LaTeX template.

Instructions on how to use the templates can be found in the GitHub repository with the template files. Submission is free.

A complete description of how to prepare an article can be found in the guide for writing an article for LiveCoMS.

Submission process

Articles (after approval of the presubmission letter) are submitted on the journal site, from the "Submissions" page

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

Review policy

LiveCoMS uses an anonymous peer reviewers.  More information about the policies for review can be found at

Archival Statement

Long-terms storage of articles is performed by the Public Knowledge Project Preservation Network. Authors are expected to maintain a GitHub repository with the current and archival versions of their article.

Repository Statement

As authors have full copyright, they may make any other archival copies they wish to, or deposit a copy in any institutional or other respository.