Top Cited Articles of All Time (2002 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2002 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 2002 editions

20984 core citations up to the end of 2002PDG 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. 6250 core citations up to the end of 2002
  2. 4306 core citations up to the end of 2002
  3. 3395 core citations up to the end of 2002
  4. 3368 core citations up to the end of 2002
  5. 3080 core citations up to the end of 2002
  6. 2830 core citations up to the end of 2002
  7. 2791 core citations up to the end of 2002
  8. 2778 core citations up to the end of 2002
  9. 2726 core citations up to the end of 2002
  10. 2695 core citations up to the end of 2002
  11. 2615 core citations up to the end of 2002
  12. 2608 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  13. 2482 core citations up to the end of 2002
  14. 2399 core citations up to the end of 2002
  15. 2373 core citations up to the end of 2002
  16. 2271 core citations up to the end of 2002
  17. 2242 core citations up to the end of 2002
  18. 2202 core citations up to the end of 2002
  19. 2182 core citations up to the end of 2002
  20. 2178 core citations up to the end of 2002
  21. 2099 core citations up to the end of 2002
  22. 2085 core citations up to the end of 2002
  23. 2047 core citations up to the end of 2002
  24. 2029 core citations up to the end of 2002
  25. 2019 core citations up to the end of 2002
  26. 2003 core citations up to the end of 2002
  27. 1928 core citations up to the end of 2002
  28. 1884 core citations up to the end of 2002
    Evidence for oscillation of atmospheric neutrinos
    Super-Kamiokande Collaboration (Y. Fukuda (Tokyo U., ICRR) et al.). Jul 1998. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 81 (1998) 1562-1567
    BU-98-17, ICRR-REPORT-422-98-18, UCI-98-8, KEK-PREPRINT-98-95, LSU-HEPA-5-98, UMD-98-003, SBHEP-98-5, TKU-PAP-98-06, TIT-HPE-98-09
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.81.1562
    e-Print: hep-ex/9807003 | PDF

  29. 1875 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  30. 1868 core citations up to the end of 2002
  31. 1867 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  32. 1860 core citations up to the end of 2002
  33. 1853 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  34. 1828 core citations up to the end of 2002
  35. 1826 core citations up to the end of 2002
  36. 1802 core citations up to the end of 2002
  37. 1797 core citations up to the end of 2002
  38. 1793 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  39. 1749 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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