Top Cited Articles of All Time (2011 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2011 edition)

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 2011 editions

43765 core citations up to the end of 2011PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (M. Tanabashi (Nagoya U. & KMI, Nagoya) et al.). 2018. 1898 pp.
Published in Phys.Rev. D98 (2018) no.3, 030001
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.98.030001

  1. 8404 core citations up to the end of 2011
    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. 8012 core citations up to the end of 2011
  3. 6901 core citations up to the end of 2011
  4. 5635 core citations up to the end of 2011
  5. 5473 core citations up to the end of 2011
    A Large mass hierarchy from a small extra dimension
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). May 1999. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 3370-3373
    MIT-CTP-2860, PUPT-1860, BUHEP-99-9
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.3370
    e-Print: hep-ph/9905221 | PDF

  6. 4961 core citations up to the end of 2011
  7. 4811 core citations up to the end of 2011
  8. 4677 core citations up to the end of 2011
  9. 4656 core citations up to the end of 2011
  10. 4524 core citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  11. 4184 core citations up to the end of 2011
  12. 4131 core citations up to the end of 2011
  13. 4057 core citations up to the end of 2011
  14. 3962 core citations up to the end of 2011
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U., DAMTP & Caltech). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF01608497, 10.1007/BF02345020

  15. 3957 core citations up to the end of 2011
  16. 3889 core citations up to the end of 2011
  17. 3863 core citations up to the end of 2011
  18. 3851 core citations up to the end of 2011
  19. 3848 core citations up to the end of 2011
  20. 3789 core citations up to the end of 2011
    Evidence for oscillation of atmospheric neutrinos
    Super-Kamiokande Collaboration (Y. Fukuda (Tokyo U., ICRR) et al.). Jul 1998. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 81 (1998) 1562-1567
    BU-98-17, ICRR-REPORT-422-98-18, UCI-98-8, KEK-PREPRINT-98-95, LSU-HEPA-5-98, UMD-98-003, SBHEP-98-5, TKU-PAP-98-06, TIT-HPE-98-09
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.81.1562
    e-Print: hep-ex/9807003 | PDF

  21. 3650 core citations up to the end of 2011
  22. 3614 core citations up to the end of 2011
  23. 3597 core citations up to the end of 2011
  24. 3505 core citations up to the end of 2011
  25. 3462 core citations up to the end of 2011
  26. 3454 core citations up to the end of 2011
  27. 3414 core citations up to the end of 2011
  28. 3351 core citations up to the end of 2011
  29. 3300 core citations up to the end of 2011
  30. 3219 core citations up to the end of 2011
  31. 3027 core citations up to the end of 2011
  32. 3017 core citations up to the end of 2011
  33. 3010 core citations up to the end of 2011
  34. 3004 core citations up to the end of 2011
  35. 2963 core citations up to the end of 2011
  36. 2915 core citations up to the end of 2011
  37. 2900 core citations up to the end of 2011
  38. 2900 core citations up to the end of 2011
  39. 2890 core citations up to the end of 2011