Top Cited Articles of All Time (2001 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2001 edition)

Keep in mind that citation counts can never be exact, there is something like a 5% error in most of these numbers. Please do not fret about number 32 versus 33, as this is often not a statistically significant difference. More information about citations in INSPIRE can be found here.

Also note that the counts shown, and used in the rankings, are the counts as of 2018-12-30. Further, the counts shown by the ranking are only the cites satisfying the criteria for that list. Actual citation numbers in the database may change as corrections are made and papers are added, the links will take you to the updated numbers.

Annual and All-time 2001 editions

19166 core citations up to the end of 2001PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (M. Tanabashi (Nagoya U. & KMI, Nagoya) et al.). 2018. 1898 pp.
Published in Phys.Rev. D98 (2018) no.3, 030001
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.98.030001

  1. 6106 core citations up to the end of 2001
  2. 4032 core citations up to the end of 2001
  3. 3325 core citations up to the end of 2001
  4. 3238 core citations up to the end of 2001
  5. 2908 core citations up to the end of 2001
  6. 2699 core citations up to the end of 2001
  7. 2687 core citations up to the end of 2001
  8. 2615 core citations up to the end of 2001
  9. 2600 core citations up to the end of 2001
  10. 2560 core citations up to the end of 2001
  11. 2512 core citations up to the end of 2001
  12. 2382 core citations up to the end of 2001
  13. 2305 core citations up to the end of 2001
  14. 2217 core citations up to the end of 2001
  15. 2173 core citations up to the end of 2001
  16. 2126 core citations up to the end of 2001
  17. 2125 core citations up to the end of 2001
    The Large N limit of superconformal field theories and supergravity
    Juan Martin Maldacena (Harvard U.). Nov 1997. 21 pp.
    Published in Int.J.Theor.Phys. 38 (1999) 1113-1133, Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 2 (1998) 231-252
    HUTP-97-A097, HUTP-98-A097
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1026654312961, 10.4310/ATMP.1998.v2.n2.a1
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  18. 2119 core citations up to the end of 2001
  19. 2078 core citations up to the end of 2001
  20. 2007 core citations up to the end of 2001
  21. 1985 core citations up to the end of 2001
  22. 1978 core citations up to the end of 2001
  23. 1970 core citations up to the end of 2001
  24. 1951 core citations up to the end of 2001
  25. 1938 core citations up to the end of 2001
  26. 1909 core citations up to the end of 2001
  27. 1837 core citations up to the end of 2001
    Super Collider Physics
    E. Eichten (Fermilab), I. Hinchliffe (LBL, Berkeley), Kenneth D. Lane (Ohio State U.), C. Quigg (Fermilab). Feb 1984. 550 pp.
    Published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 56 (1984) 579-707, Addendum: Rev.Mod.Phys. 58 (1986) 1065-1073
    FERMILAB-PUB-84-017-T, LBL-16875, DOE-ER-01545-345
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.56.579, 10.1103/RevModPhys.58.1065

  28. 1835 core citations up to the end of 2001
    Quantum Geometry of Bosonic Strings
    Alexander M. Polyakov (Landau Inst.). Jun 1981. 4 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. B103 (1981) 207-210, Phys.Lett. 103B (1981) 207-210
    Print-81-0351 (LANDAU INST)
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(81)90743-7

  29. 1814 core citations up to the end of 2001
  30. 1775 core citations up to the end of 2001
  31. 1763 core citations up to the end of 2001
  32. 1755 core citations up to the end of 2001
  33. 1740 core citations up to the end of 2001
    Weak and Electromagnetic Interactions
    Abdus Salam (Imperial Coll., London & ICTP, Trieste). May 1968. 11 pp.
    Published in Conf.Proc. C680519 (1968) 367-377
    Conference: C68-05-19

  34. 1735 core citations up to the end of 2001
  35. 1734 core citations up to the end of 2001
  36. 1708 core citations up to the end of 2001
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U., DAMTP & Caltech). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF01608497, 10.1007/BF02345020

  37. 1693 core citations up to the end of 2001
    Magnetic Monopoles in Unified Gauge Theories
    Gerard 't Hooft (CERN). May 1974. 9 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B79 (1974) 276-284
    CERN-TH-1876
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(74)90486-6

  38. 1665 core citations up to the end of 2001
  39. 1637 core citations up to the end of 2001