Top Cited Articles of All Time (2008 edition) in hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2008 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 2008 editions

2008 reports for eprints

  1. 6064 citations up to the end of 2008
    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. 4108 citations up to the end of 2008
  3. 3815 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  4. 3620 citations up to the end of 2008
  5. 2588 citations up to the end of 2008
  6. 2186 citations up to the end of 2008
  7. 2077 citations up to the end of 2008
  8. 1991 citations up to the end of 2008
  9. 1871 citations up to the end of 2008
  10. 1871 citations up to the end of 2008
  11. 1689 citations up to the end of 2008
  12. 1497 citations up to the end of 2008
  13. 1383 citations up to the end of 2008
  14. 1382 citations up to the end of 2008
  15. 1295 citations up to the end of 2008
  16. 1264 citations up to the end of 2008
  17. 1246 citations up to the end of 2008
  18. 1157 citations up to the end of 2008
  19. 1136 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  20. 1132 citations up to the end of 2008
  21. 1113 citations up to the end of 2008
  22. 1094 citations up to the end of 2008
  23. 1081 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  24. 1052 citations up to the end of 2008
  25. 1020 citations up to the end of 2008
  26. 982 citations up to the end of 2008
  27. 966 citations up to the end of 2008
  28. 963 citations up to the end of 2008
  29. 918 citations up to the end of 2008
  30. 894 citations up to the end of 2008
  31. 875 citations up to the end of 2008
  32. 841 citations up to the end of 2008
  33. 814 citations up to the end of 2008
  34. 797 citations up to the end of 2008
  35. 783 citations up to the end of 2008
  36. 778 citations up to the end of 2008
  37. 763 citations up to the end of 2008
  38. 736 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  39. 735 citations up to the end of 2008
  40. 734 citations up to the end of 2008
  41. 723 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  42. 700 citations up to the end of 2008
  43. 671 citations up to the end of 2008
    Quantum field theory on noncommutative spaces
    Richard J. Szabo (Heriot-Watt U.). Sep 2001. 103 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 378 (2003) 207-299
    HWM-01-35, EMPG-01-14
    DOI: 10.1016/S0370-1573(03)00059-0
    Invited talk at Conference: C01-07-16
    e-Print: hep-th/0109162 | PDF

  44. 661 citations up to the end of 2008
  45. 652 citations up to the end of 2008
  46. 650 citations up to the end of 2008
  47. 643 citations up to the end of 2008
  48. 641 citations up to the end of 2008
  49. 632 citations up to the end of 2008
  50. 620 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  51. 618 citations up to the end of 2008
  52. 616 citations up to the end of 2008
  53. 603 citations up to the end of 2008
  54. 586 citations up to the end of 2008
  55. 585 citations up to the end of 2008
  56. 582 citations up to the end of 2008
  57. 576 citations up to the end of 2008
  58. 570 citations up to the end of 2008
  59. 569 citations up to the end of 2008
  60. 565 citations up to the end of 2008
  61. 564 citations up to the end of 2008
  62. 560 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  63. 559 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  64. 556 citations up to the end of 2008
  65. 553 citations up to the end of 2008
  66. 548 citations up to the end of 2008
  67. 547 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  68. 533 citations up to the end of 2008
    CFT's from Calabi-Yau four folds
    Sergei Gukov (Princeton U.), Cumrun Vafa (Harvard U.), Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jun 1999. 49 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B584 (2000) 69-108, Erratum: Nucl.Phys. B608 (2001) 477-478
    HUTP-99-A034, IASSNS-HEP-99-52, PUPT-1864
    DOI: 10.1016/S0550-3213(00)00373-4, 10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00289-9
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  69. 532 citations up to the end of 2008
  70. 521 citations up to the end of 2008
  71. 520 citations up to the end of 2008
  72. 513 citations up to the end of 2008
  73. 513 citations up to the end of 2008
  74. 511 citations up to the end of 2008
  75. 511 citations up to the end of 2008
  76. 511 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Anthropic landscape of string theory
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Feb 2003. 21 pp.
    Published in In *Carr, Bernard (ed.): Universe or multiverse?* 247-266
    e-Print: hep-th/0302219 | PDF

  77. 510 citations up to the end of 2008
  78. 510 citations up to the end of 2008
  79. 509 citations up to the end of 2008
  80. 506 citations up to the end of 2008
  81. 505 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  82. 503 citations up to the end of 2008
  83. 503 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  84. 503 citations up to the end of 2008
  85. 497 citations up to the end of 2008
  86. 495 citations up to the end of 2008
  87. 493 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  88. 491 citations up to the end of 2008
  89. 491 citations up to the end of 2008
  90. 488 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  91. 487 citations up to the end of 2008
  92. 485 citations up to the end of 2008
  93. 485 citations up to the end of 2008
    A Stress tensor for Anti-de Sitter gravity
    Vijay Balasubramanian (Harvard U. & UC, Santa Barbara), Per Kraus (Chicago U., EFI). Feb 1999. 19 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 208 (1999) 413-428
    HUTP-99-A002, EFI-99-6, NSF-ITP-98-132
    DOI: 10.1007/s002200050764
    e-Print: hep-th/9902121 | PDF

  94. 483 citations up to the end of 2008
  95. 482 citations up to the end of 2008
  96. 476 citations up to the end of 2008
  97. 473 citations up to the end of 2008
  98. 464 citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  99. 457 citations up to the end of 2008
  100. 456 citations up to the end of 2008