Top Cited Articles of All Time (2002 edition) in hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2002 edition) in the hep-th archive

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

2002 reports for eprints

  1. 2649 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

  2. 1896 citations up to the end of 2002
  3. 1723 citations up to the end of 2002
  4. 1580 citations up to the end of 2002
  5. 1531 citations up to the end of 2002
    An Alternative to compactification
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). Jun 1999. 10 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 4690-4693
    MIT-CTP-2874, PUPT-1867, BUHEP-99-13
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.4690
    e-Print: hep-th/9906064 | PDF

  6. 1432 citations up to the end of 2002
  7. 1326 citations up to the end of 2002
  8. 1324 citations up to the end of 2002
  9. 1234 citations up to the end of 2002
  10. 1191 citations up to the end of 2002
  11. 1183 citations up to the end of 2002
  12. 876 citations up to the end of 2002
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  14. 872 citations up to the end of 2002
  15. 868 citations up to the end of 2002
  16. 854 citations up to the end of 2002
  17. 838 citations up to the end of 2002
  18. 818 citations up to the end of 2002
  19. 732 citations up to the end of 2002
  20. 664 citations up to the end of 2002
  21. 636 citations up to the end of 2002
  22. 572 citations up to the end of 2002
    Evidence for F theory
    Cumrun Vafa (Harvard U.). Feb 1996. 18 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B469 (1996) 403-418
    HUTP-96-A004
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(96)00172-1
    e-Print: hep-th/9602022 | PDF

  23. 561 citations up to the end of 2002
  24. 540 citations up to the end of 2002
  25. 539 citations up to the end of 2002
  26. 510 citations up to the end of 2002
  27. 498 citations up to the end of 2002
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  29. 498 citations up to the end of 2002
  30. 472 citations up to the end of 2002
  31. 459 citations up to the end of 2002
  32. 458 citations up to the end of 2002
  33. 457 citations up to the end of 2002
  34. 457 citations up to the end of 2002
  35. 452 citations up to the end of 2002
  36. 445 citations up to the end of 2002
  37. 440 citations up to the end of 2002
  38. 435 citations up to the end of 2002
  39. 423 citations up to the end of 2002
  40. 421 citations up to the end of 2002
    An SL(2,Z) multiplet of type IIB superstrings
    John H. Schwarz (Caltech). Aug 1995. 12 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. B360 (1995) 13-18, Erratum: Phys.Lett. B364 (1995) 252
    CALT-68-2013
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(95)01405-5, 10.1016/0370-2693(95)01138-G
    e-Print: hep-th/9508143 | PDF

  41. 413 citations up to the end of 2002
    Branes within branes
    Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway). Dec 1995. 10 pp.
    Published in NATO Sci.Ser.C 520 (1999) 267-275
    RU-95-92
    Prepared for Conference: C97-05-26.4 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9512077 | PDF

  42. 394 citations up to the end of 2002
  43. 394 citations up to the end of 2002
    Lectures on superstring and M theory dualities: Given at ICTP Spring School and at TASI Summer School
    John H. Schwarz (Caltech). Mar 1996. 66 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl. 55B (1997) 1-32
    CALT-68-2065
    DOI: 10.1016/S0920-5632(97)00070-4
    Lectures given at Conference: C96-06-02, Lectures given at Conference: C96-03-18.1, p.1-32 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9607201 | PDF

  44. 389 citations up to the end of 2002
    Phases of N=2 theories in two-dimensions
    Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jan 1993. 93 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B403 (1993) 159-222, AMS/IP Stud.Adv.Math. 1 (1996) 143-211
    IASSNS-HEP-93-3
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(93)90033-L
    e-Print: hep-th/9301042 | PDF

  45. 389 citations up to the end of 2002
  46. 383 citations up to the end of 2002
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  61. 341 citations up to the end of 2002
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  71. 326 citations up to the end of 2002
  72. 321 citations up to the end of 2002
  73. 318 citations up to the end of 2002
    Lectures on supersymmetric gauge theories and electric-magnetic duality
    Kenneth A. Intriligator, N. Seiberg (Rutgers U., Piscataway & Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Mar 1995. 44 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl. 45BC (1996) 1-28, Subnucl.Ser. 34 (1997) 237-299
    RU-95-48, IASSNS-HEP-95-70
    DOI: 10.1016/0920-5632(95)00626-5
    Conference: C96-07-03, Conference: C95-03-27, Conference: C95-06-04.1, p.223-266, Conference: C95-06-12.1, p.25-65, Conference: C95-07-11.2, p.161-199, Conference: C96-03-18.1, p.157-183 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9509066 | PDF

  74. 318 citations up to the end of 2002
  75. 306 citations up to the end of 2002
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  84. 278 citations up to the end of 2002
    NonBPS states and Branes in string theory
    Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra Res. Inst.). Jan 1999. 53 pp.
    MRI-PHY-P990411
    Talk given at Conference: C99-07-26.3, p.187-234, Talk given at Conference: C99-05-24.2, Talk given at Conference: C99-01-25 (branes* 45-96), p.45-96 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9904207 | PDF

  85. 276 citations up to the end of 2002
  86. 275 citations up to the end of 2002
  87. 275 citations up to the end of 2002
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  90. 270 citations up to the end of 2002
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  94. 262 citations up to the end of 2002
    Duality symmetric actions
    John H. Schwarz (Santa Barbara, KITP & Caltech), Ashoke Sen (Santa Barbara, KITP & Tata Inst.). Apr 1993. 39 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B411 (1994) 35-63
    NSF-ITP-93-46, CALT-68-1863, TIFR-TH-93-19
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(94)90053-1
    e-Print: hep-th/9304154 | PDF

  95. 260 citations up to the end of 2002
    An Early Proposal of 'Brane World'
    K. Akama (Saitama Medical Coll.). 1982. 5 pp.
    Published in Lect.Notes Phys. 176 (1982) 267-271
    SMC-PHYS-66, SMC-PHYS-160
    Published in the proceedings of Conference: C82-08-20, p., 267-271 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/0001113 | PDF

  96. 258 citations up to the end of 2002
  97. 257 citations up to the end of 2002
  98. 254 citations up to the end of 2002
    Open Strings and their Symmetry Groups
    Augusto Sagnotti (Rome U., Tor Vergata & INFN, Rome). Sep 1987. 12 pp.
    Published in IN *CARGESE 1987, PROCEEDINGS, NONPERTURBATIVE QUANTUM FIELD THEORY* 521-528 AND ROME II UNIV. - ROM2F-87-025 (87,REC.MAR.88) 12p
    ROM2F-87-25
    Talk presented at Conference: C87-07-16.1 (Cargese Summer Inst.1987:0521-528), p.0521-528
    e-Print: hep-th/0208020 | PDF

  99. 254 citations up to the end of 2002
  100. 251 citations up to the end of 2002