Top Cited Articles of All Time (2003 edition) in hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2003 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 2003 editions

2003 reports for eprints

  1. 3073 citations up to the end of 2003
    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. 2189 citations up to the end of 2003
  3. 1970 citations up to the end of 2003
  4. 1925 citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  5. 1693 citations up to the end of 2003
  6. 1547 citations up to the end of 2003
  7. 1518 citations up to the end of 2003
  8. 1456 citations up to the end of 2003
  9. 1387 citations up to the end of 2003
  10. 1356 citations up to the end of 2003
  11. 1261 citations up to the end of 2003
  12. 1063 citations up to the end of 2003
  13. 972 citations up to the end of 2003
  14. 933 citations up to the end of 2003
  15. 928 citations up to the end of 2003
  16. 916 citations up to the end of 2003
  17. 910 citations up to the end of 2003
  18. 901 citations up to the end of 2003
  19. 800 citations up to the end of 2003
  20. 722 citations up to the end of 2003
  21. 694 citations up to the end of 2003
  22. 667 citations up to the end of 2003
  23. 605 citations up to the end of 2003
  24. 596 citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  25. 581 citations up to the end of 2003
  26. 580 citations up to the end of 2003
  27. 549 citations up to the end of 2003
  28. 526 citations up to the end of 2003
  29. 522 citations up to the end of 2003
  30. 498 citations up to the end of 2003
  31. 495 citations up to the end of 2003
  32. 493 citations up to the end of 2003
  33. 481 citations up to the end of 2003
  34. 478 citations up to the end of 2003
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  36. 477 citations up to the end of 2003
  37. 470 citations up to the end of 2003
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  40. 463 citations up to the end of 2003
  41. 455 citations up to the end of 2003
  42. 454 citations up to the end of 2003
  43. 453 citations up to the end of 2003
  44. 435 citations up to the end of 2003
  45. 434 citations up to the end of 2003
  46. 433 citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  47. 432 citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  48. 423 citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  49. 410 citations up to the end of 2003
  50. 407 citations up to the end of 2003
  51. 406 citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  52. 404 citations up to the end of 2003
  53. 403 citations up to the end of 2003
  54. 402 citations up to the end of 2003
  55. 400 citations up to the end of 2003
  56. 393 citations up to the end of 2003
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  62. 370 citations up to the end of 2003
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  64. 366 citations up to the end of 2003
  65. 364 citations up to the end of 2003
  66. 362 citations up to the end of 2003
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  68. 357 citations up to the end of 2003
  69. 355 citations up to the end of 2003
  70. 355 citations up to the end of 2003
  71. 353 citations up to the end of 2003
  72. 350 citations up to the end of 2003
  73. 350 citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  74. 349 citations up to the end of 2003
  75. 348 citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  76. 347 citations up to the end of 2003
  77. 345 citations up to the end of 2003
  78. 339 citations up to the end of 2003
  79. 333 citations up to the end of 2003
  80. 328 citations up to the end of 2003
  81. 325 citations up to the end of 2003
  82. 324 citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  83. 318 citations up to the end of 2003
  84. 314 citations up to the end of 2003
  85. 312 citations up to the end of 2003
  86. 312 citations up to the end of 2003
  87. 310 citations up to the end of 2003
    Cosmology and the Fate of Dilatation Symmetry
    C. Wetterich (DESY). Sep 29, 1987. 29 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B302 (1988) 668-696
    PRINT-87-0756, DESY-87-123
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(88)90193-9
    e-Print: arXiv:1711.03844 [hep-th] | PDF

  88. 310 citations up to the end of 2003
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  90. 307 citations up to the end of 2003
  91. 307 citations up to the end of 2003
  92. 306 citations up to the end of 2003
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  94. 298 citations up to the end of 2003
    Complex Spinors and Unified Theories
    Murray Gell-Mann (CERN), Pierre Ramond (Caltech), Richard Slansky (Los Alamos). 1979. 7 pp.
    Published in Conf.Proc. C790927 (1979) 315-321
    PRINT-80-0576
    Prepared for Conference: C79-09-27 (Stony Brook Wkshp.1979:0315)
    e-Print: arXiv:1306.4669 [hep-th] | PDF

  95. 298 citations up to the end of 2003
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  100. 289 citations up to the end of 2003