Top Cited Articles of All Time (2009 edition) in hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2009 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 2009 editions

2009 reports for eprints

  1. 6839 citations up to the end of 2009
    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. 4615 citations up to the end of 2009
  3. 4142 citations up to the end of 2009
    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. 4069 citations up to the end of 2009
  5. 2748 citations up to the end of 2009
  6. 2418 citations up to the end of 2009
  7. 2161 citations up to the end of 2009
  8. 2063 citations up to the end of 2009
  9. 1954 citations up to the end of 2009
  10. 1929 citations up to the end of 2009
  11. 1750 citations up to the end of 2009
  12. 1568 citations up to the end of 2009
  13. 1485 citations up to the end of 2009
  14. 1432 citations up to the end of 2009
  15. 1416 citations up to the end of 2009
  16. 1414 citations up to the end of 2009
  17. 1335 citations up to the end of 2009
  18. 1267 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  19. 1230 citations up to the end of 2009
  20. 1223 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  21. 1190 citations up to the end of 2009
  22. 1176 citations up to the end of 2009
  23. 1173 citations up to the end of 2009
  24. 1158 citations up to the end of 2009
  25. 1104 citations up to the end of 2009
  26. 1070 citations up to the end of 2009
  27. 1067 citations up to the end of 2009
  28. 1058 citations up to the end of 2009
  29. 1053 citations up to the end of 2009
  30. 1028 citations up to the end of 2009
  31. 990 citations up to the end of 2009
  32. 975 citations up to the end of 2009
  33. 908 citations up to the end of 2009
  34. 848 citations up to the end of 2009
  35. 839 citations up to the end of 2009
  36. 831 citations up to the end of 2009
  37. 812 citations up to the end of 2009
  38. 810 citations up to the end of 2009
  39. 806 citations up to the end of 2009
  40. 799 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  41. 766 citations up to the end of 2009
    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. 735 citations up to the end of 2009
  43. 733 citations up to the end of 2009
    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. 711 citations up to the end of 2009
  45. 706 citations up to the end of 2009
  46. 694 citations up to the end of 2009
  47. 693 citations up to the end of 2009
  48. 673 citations up to the end of 2009
  49. 672 citations up to the end of 2009
  50. 655 citations up to the end of 2009
  51. 649 citations up to the end of 2009
  52. 648 citations up to the end of 2009
  53. 647 citations up to the end of 2009
  54. 636 citations up to the end of 2009
  55. 633 citations up to the end of 2009
  56. 632 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  57. 626 citations up to the end of 2009
  58. 621 citations up to the end of 2009
  59. 611 citations up to the end of 2009
  60. 607 citations up to the end of 2009
  61. 605 citations up to the end of 2009
  62. 600 citations up to the end of 2009
  63. 594 citations up to the end of 2009
  64. 587 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  65. 586 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  66. 583 citations up to the end of 2009
  67. 580 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  68. 579 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  69. 574 citations up to the end of 2009
  70. 568 citations up to the end of 2009
  71. 565 citations up to the end of 2009
  72. 559 citations up to the end of 2009
  73. 556 citations up to the end of 2009
  74. 555 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  75. 552 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  76. 545 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  77. 544 citations up to the end of 2009
  78. 539 citations up to the end of 2009
  79. 537 citations up to the end of 2009
  80. 533 citations up to the end of 2009
  81. 532 citations up to the end of 2009
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  84. 524 citations up to the end of 2009
  85. 523 citations up to the end of 2009
  86. 522 citations up to the end of 2009
  87. 521 citations up to the end of 2009
  88. 520 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  89. 517 citations up to the end of 2009
  90. 514 citations up to the end of 2009
  91. 514 citations up to the end of 2009
  92. 511 citations up to the end of 2009
    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

  93. 511 citations up to the end of 2009
  94. 511 citations up to the end of 2009
  95. 506 citations up to the end of 2009
  96. 506 citations up to the end of 2009
  97. 505 citations up to the end of 2009
  98. 504 citations up to the end of 2009
  99. 500 citations up to the end of 2009
  100. 499 citations up to the end of 2009
    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