Top Cited Articles of All Time (2008 edition) in astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2008 edition) in the astro-ph 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 2008 editions

2008 reports for eprints

  1. 5450 citations up to the end of 2008
  2. 4432 citations up to the end of 2008
  3. 4289 citations up to the end of 2008
  4. 4078 citations up to the end of 2008
  5. 3479 citations up to the end of 2008
  6. 2657 citations up to the end of 2008
  7. 2206 citations up to the end of 2008
  8. 1747 citations up to the end of 2008
  9. 1666 citations up to the end of 2008
  10. 1642 citations up to the end of 2008
  11. 1443 citations up to the end of 2008
  12. 1440 citations up to the end of 2008
  13. 1303 citations up to the end of 2008
  14. 1278 citations up to the end of 2008
  15. 1265 citations up to the end of 2008
  16. 1261 citations up to the end of 2008
  17. 1234 citations up to the end of 2008
  18. 1058 citations up to the end of 2008
  19. 1044 citations up to the end of 2008
  20. 1013 citations up to the end of 2008
  21. 992 citations up to the end of 2008
  22. 988 citations up to the end of 2008
    Star formation in galaxies along the Hubble sequence
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Jul 1998. 41 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 189-231
    STEWARD-1454, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1454
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.189
    e-Print: astro-ph/9807187 | PDF

  23. 940 citations up to the end of 2008
  24. 938 citations up to the end of 2008
  25. 917 citations up to the end of 2008
  26. 897 citations up to the end of 2008
  27. 870 citations up to the end of 2008
  28. 863 citations up to the end of 2008
  29. 852 citations up to the end of 2008
  30. 852 citations up to the end of 2008
  31. 847 citations up to the end of 2008
  32. 794 citations up to the end of 2008
  33. 794 citations up to the end of 2008
  34. 780 citations up to the end of 2008
  35. 773 citations up to the end of 2008
  36. 773 citations up to the end of 2008
  37. 766 citations up to the end of 2008
  38. 765 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Global Schmidt law in star forming galaxies
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Dec 1997. 23 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 498 (1998) 541
    STEWARD-1419, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1419
    DOI: 10.1086/305588
    e-Print: astro-ph/9712213 | PDF

  39. 765 citations up to the end of 2008
  40. 755 citations up to the end of 2008
  41. 732 citations up to the end of 2008
  42. 726 citations up to the end of 2008
  43. 720 citations up to the end of 2008
  44. 719 citations up to the end of 2008
  45. 716 citations up to the end of 2008
  46. 711 citations up to the end of 2008
  47. 711 citations up to the end of 2008
  48. 710 citations up to the end of 2008
  49. 700 citations up to the end of 2008
  50. 698 citations up to the end of 2008
  51. 690 citations up to the end of 2008
  52. 689 citations up to the end of 2008
  53. 687 citations up to the end of 2008
  54. 682 citations up to the end of 2008
    Dwarf galaxies of the Local Group
    Mario Mateo (Michigan U.). Oct 1998. 66 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 435-506
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.435
    e-Print: astro-ph/9810070 | PDF

  55. 670 citations up to the end of 2008
    Hybrid inflation
    Andrei D. Linde (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Jul 1993. 11 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D49 (1994) 748-754
    SU-ITP-93-17
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.49.748
    e-Print: astro-ph/9307002 | PDF

  56. 668 citations up to the end of 2008
  57. 662 citations up to the end of 2008
  58. 658 citations up to the end of 2008
    The u'g'r'i'z' Standard star system
    SDSS Collaboration (J.Allyn Smith et al.). Feb 2002. 50 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 123 (2002) 2121-2144
    FERMILAB-PUB-02-022-A
    DOI: 10.1086/339311
    e-Print: astro-ph/0201143 | PDF

  59. 658 citations up to the end of 2008
  60. 656 citations up to the end of 2008
  61. 620 citations up to the end of 2008
  62. 608 citations up to the end of 2008
  63. 604 citations up to the end of 2008
  64. 601 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Sloan digital sky survey photometric camera
    SDSS Collaboration (J.E. Gunn (Princeton U. Observ.) et al.). Sep 1998. 108 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 116 (1998) 3040
    FERMILAB-PUB-98-419-CD, ICR-435-98-31, ICRR-REPORT-435-98-31, POPE-774
    DOI: 10.1086/300645
    e-Print: astro-ph/9809085 | PDF

  65. 600 citations up to the end of 2008
  66. 596 citations up to the end of 2008
  67. 596 citations up to the end of 2008
  68. 589 citations up to the end of 2008
  69. 589 citations up to the end of 2008
  70. 585 citations up to the end of 2008
  71. 581 citations up to the end of 2008
  72. 579 citations up to the end of 2008
  73. 576 citations up to the end of 2008
  74. 575 citations up to the end of 2008
  75. 574 citations up to the end of 2008
  76. 573 citations up to the end of 2008
  77. 572 citations up to the end of 2008
  78. 563 citations up to the end of 2008
  79. 556 citations up to the end of 2008
  80. 555 citations up to the end of 2008
  81. 552 citations up to the end of 2008
  82. 550 citations up to the end of 2008
  83. 547 citations up to the end of 2008
  84. 546 citations up to the end of 2008
  85. 543 citations up to the end of 2008
  86. 540 citations up to the end of 2008
  87. 539 citations up to the end of 2008
  88. 538 citations up to the end of 2008
  89. 536 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Cold dark matter density perturbation
    Andrew R. Liddle (Sussex U.), David H. Lyth (Lancaster U.). Mar 1993. 128 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 231 (1993) 1-105
    SUSSEX-AST-92-8-1-REV, LANC-TH-8-92-REV
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-1573(93)90114-S
    e-Print: astro-ph/9303019 | PDF

  90. 525 citations up to the end of 2008
  91. 523 citations up to the end of 2008
  92. 517 citations up to the end of 2008
  93. 512 citations up to the end of 2008
  94. 504 citations up to the end of 2008
  95. 502 citations up to the end of 2008
  96. 502 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/422091, 10.1086/427409
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  97. 500 citations up to the end of 2008
  98. 500 citations up to the end of 2008
  99. 499 citations up to the end of 2008
  100. 498 citations up to the end of 2008