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 2016-12-31. 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. 3047 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
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 2174 citations up to the end of 2003
  3. 1958 citations up to the end of 2003
  4. 1909 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. 1679 citations up to the end of 2003
  6. 1509 citations up to the end of 2003
  7. 1508 citations up to the end of 2003
  8. 1442 citations up to the end of 2003
  9. 1368 citations up to the end of 2003
  10. 1347 citations up to the end of 2003
  11. 1254 citations up to the end of 2003
  12. 1054 citations up to the end of 2003
  13. 961 citations up to the end of 2003
  14. 928 citations up to the end of 2003
  15. 918 citations up to the end of 2003
  16. 904 citations up to the end of 2003
  17. 899 citations up to the end of 2003
  18. 892 citations up to the end of 2003
  19. 791 citations up to the end of 2003
  20. 720 citations up to the end of 2003
  21. 692 citations up to the end of 2003
  22. 663 citations up to the end of 2003
    The World as a hologram
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Sep 1994. 38 pp.
    Published in J.Math.Phys. 36 (1995) 6377-6396
    SU-ITP-94-33
    DOI: 10.1063/1.531249
    e-Print: hep-th/9409089 | PDF

  23. 602 citations up to the end of 2003
  24. 592 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. 578 citations up to the end of 2003
  26. 575 citations up to the end of 2003
  27. 544 citations up to the end of 2003
  28. 517 citations up to the end of 2003
  29. 513 citations up to the end of 2003
    String solitons
    M.J. Duff (Newton Inst. Math. Sci., Cambridge & Texas A-M), Ramzi R. Khuri (McGill U. & CERN), J.X. Lu (Texas A-M). Dec 1994. 150 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 259 (1995) 213-326
    NI-94017, CTP-TAMU-67-92, MCGILL-94-53, CERN-TH-7542-94
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-1573(95)00002-X
    e-Print: hep-th/9412184 | PDF

  30. 493 citations up to the end of 2003
  31. 491 citations up to the end of 2003
    One Loop Threshold Effects in String Unification
    Vadim S. Kaplunovsky (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Dec 1987. 12 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B307 (1988) 145-156, Erratum: Nucl.Phys. B382 (1992) 436-438
    ITP-838-STANFORD
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(92)90193-F, 10.1016/0550-3213(88)90526-3
    e-Print: hep-th/9205068 | PDF

  32. 488 citations up to the end of 2003
  33. 479 citations up to the end of 2003
  34. 477 citations up to the end of 2003
  35. 472 citations up to the end of 2003
  36. 469 citations up to the end of 2003
  37. 465 citations up to the end of 2003
  38. 463 citations up to the end of 2003
  39. 458 citations up to the end of 2003
  40. 458 citations up to the end of 2003
  41. 449 citations up to the end of 2003
  42. 448 citations up to the end of 2003
  43. 445 citations up to the end of 2003
  44. 434 citations up to the end of 2003
  45. 428 citations up to the end of 2003
    Branes within branes
    Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway). Dec 1995. 10 pp.
    Published in In *Cargese 1997, Strings, branes and dualities* 267-275
    RU-95-92
    Prepared for Conference: C97-05-26.4, p.267-275 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9512077 | PDF

  46. 426 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)01138-G, 10.1016/0370-2693(95)01405-5
    e-Print: hep-th/9508143 | PDF

  47. 421 citations up to the end of 2003
  48. 420 citations up to the end of 2003
  49. 406 citations up to the end of 2003
  50. 403 citations up to the end of 2003
  51. 400 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 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9607201 | PDF

  52. 400 citations up to the end of 2003
    Dielectric branes
    Robert C. Myers (Santa Barbara, KITP & McGill U.). Oct 1999. 32 pp.
    Published in JHEP 9912 (1999) 022
    MCGILL-99-27, NSF-ITP-99-113
    DOI: 10.1088/1126-6708/1999/12/022
    e-Print: hep-th/9910053 | PDF

  53. 397 citations up to the end of 2003
  54. 397 citations up to the end of 2003
    Matrix string theory
    Robbert Dijkgraaf (Amsterdam U.), Erik P. Verlinde (CERN & Utrecht U.), Herman L. Verlinde (Amsterdam U.). Mar 1997. 18 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B500 (1997) 43-61
    CERN-TH-97-034, CERN-TH-97-34, THU-97-06, UTFA-97-06
    DOI: 10.1016/S0550-3213(97)00326-X
    e-Print: hep-th/9703030 | PDF

  55. 395 citations up to the end of 2003
  56. 390 citations up to the end of 2003
  57. 387 citations up to the end of 2003
  58. 377 citations up to the end of 2003
  59. 375 citations up to the end of 2003
  60. 370 citations up to the end of 2003
  61. 368 citations up to the end of 2003
  62. 366 citations up to the end of 2003
  63. 365 citations up to the end of 2003
  64. 365 citations up to the end of 2003
    D-branes from M-branes
    P.K. Townsend (Cambridge U.). Dec 1995. 13 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. B373 (1996) 68-75
    DAMTP-R-95-59
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(96)00104-9
    e-Print: hep-th/9512062 | PDF

  65. 361 citations up to the end of 2003
  66. 360 citations up to the end of 2003
  67. 357 citations up to the end of 2003
  68. 356 citations up to the end of 2003
  69. 354 citations up to the end of 2003
  70. 353 citations up to the end of 2003
  71. 352 citations up to the end of 2003
  72. 348 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

  73. 347 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

  74. 343 citations up to the end of 2003
  75. 342 citations up to the end of 2003
  76. 342 citations up to the end of 2003
    Some comments on string dynamics
    Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jul 1995. 21 pp.
    Published in In *Los Angeles 1995, Future perspectives in string theory* 501-523
    IASSNS-HEP-95-63, C95-03-13
    Contributed to Conference: C95-03-13, p.501-523 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9507121 | PDF

  77. 340 citations up to the end of 2003
  78. 333 citations up to the end of 2003
  79. 332 citations up to the end of 2003
  80. 325 citations up to the end of 2003
  81. 323 citations up to the end of 2003
  82. 322 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. 316 citations up to the end of 2003
  84. 312 citations up to the end of 2003
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  98. 289 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

  99. 288 citations up to the end of 2003
  100. 286 citations up to the end of 2003