Top Cited Articles of All Time (2011 edition) by hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2011 edition) cited by papers 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 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

2011 reports for eprints

  1. 6417 citations by hep-th eprints 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. 4443 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  3. 4018 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  4. 2443 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  5. 2296 citations by hep-th eprints 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

  6. 2196 citations by hep-th eprints 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

  7. 2186 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  8. 1905 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  9. 1814 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  10. 1638 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  11. 1474 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  12. 1439 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  13. 1433 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  14. 1347 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  15. 1325 citations by hep-th eprints 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

  16. 1255 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  17. 1228 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  18. 1222 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  19. 1209 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  20. 1183 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  21. 1164 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  22. 1057 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  23. 1034 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  24. 1005 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  25. 995 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Topologically Massive Gauge Theories
    Stanley Deser (Brandeis U.), R. Jackiw, S. Templeton (MIT, LNS). Dec 1981. 70 pp.
    Published in Annals Phys. 140 (1982) 372-411, Annals Phys. 281 (2000) 409-449, Erratum: Annals Phys. 185 (1988) 406
    MIT-CTP-964
    DOI: 10.1006/aphy.2000.6013, 10.1016/0003-4916(82)90164-6

  26. 983 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  27. 971 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  28. 949 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  29. 907 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  30. 904 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  31. 884 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  32. 862 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  33. 843 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  34. 838 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  35. 817 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  36. 812 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  37. 799 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  38. 789 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  39. 772 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    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

  40. 750 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  41. 748 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Noncommutative Geometry and String Field Theory
    Edward Witten (Princeton U.). Oct 1985. 42 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B268 (1986) 253-294
    Print-86-0083 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(86)90155-0

  42. 746 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  43. 741 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  44. 735 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  45. 732 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  46. 732 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  47. 722 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Nonabelian Bosonization in Two-Dimensions
    Edward Witten (Princeton U.). Oct 1983. 30 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 92 (1984) 455-472
    PRINT-83-0934 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1007/BF01215276

  48. 716 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Quantum Geometry of Bosonic Strings
    Alexander M. Polyakov (Landau Inst.). Jun 1981. 4 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. B103 (1981) 207-210, Phys.Lett. 103B (1981) 207-210
    Print-81-0351 (LANDAU INST)
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(81)90743-7

  49. 709 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  50. 708 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Dimensional reduction in quantum gravity
    Gerard 't Hooft (Utrecht U.). Oct 25, 1993. 15 pp.
    Published in Conf.Proc. C930308 (1993) 284-296
    THU-93-26
    Conference: C93-03-08
    e-Print: gr-qc/9310026 | PDF

  51. 708 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  52. 692 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Phases of N=2 theories in two-dimensions
    Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jan 1993. 93 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B403 (1993) 159-222, AMS/IP Stud.Adv.Math. 1 (1996) 143-211
    IASSNS-HEP-93-3
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(93)90033-L
    e-Print: hep-th/9301042 | PDF

  53. 691 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  54. 690 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  55. 685 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  56. 681 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    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

  57. 679 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  58. 673 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  59. 666 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  60. 658 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Stability of Classical Solutions
    E.B. Bogomolny (Landau Inst.). Nov 1975. 19 pp.
    Published in Sov.J.Nucl.Phys. 24 (1976) 449, Yad.Fiz. 24 (1976) 861-870
    PRINT-76-0543 (LANDAU-INST.)

  61. 658 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  62. 654 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  63. 643 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  64. 635 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  65. 625 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  66. 622 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  67. 621 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  68. 609 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  69. 606 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  70. 605 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  71. 602 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  72. 587 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  73. 582 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  74. 577 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Branes within branes
    Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway). Dec 1995. 10 pp.
    Published in NATO Sci.Ser.C 520 (1999) 267-275
    RU-95-92
    Prepared for Conference: C97-05-26.4 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9512077 | PDF

  75. 576 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  76. 576 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  77. 573 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  78. 570 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  79. 570 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  80. 570 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  81. 569 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    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(01)00289-9, 10.1016/S0550-3213(00)00373-4
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  82. 567 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  83. 562 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  84. 551 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  85. 550 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  86. 548 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Quantized space-time
    Hartland S. Snyder (Northwestern U.). May 1946. 4 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. 71 (1947) 38-41
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRev.71.38

  87. 548 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  88. 547 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Dirac-Born-Infeld Action from Dirichlet Sigma Model
    R.G. Leigh (Texas U.). Sep 26, 1989. 10 pp.
    Published in Mod.Phys.Lett. A4 (1989) 2767
    UTTG-31-89
    DOI: 10.1142/S0217732389003099

  89. 547 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  90. 538 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  91. 535 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Magnetic Monopoles in Unified Gauge Theories
    Gerard 't Hooft (CERN). May 1974. 9 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B79 (1974) 276-284
    CERN-TH-1876
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(74)90486-6

  92. 529 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Strings on Orbifolds
    Lance J. Dixon, Jeffrey A. Harvey, C. Vafa, Edward Witten (Princeton U.). Jul 1985. 9 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B261 (1985) 678-686
    PRINT-85-0616 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(85)90593-0

  93. 527 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
    Constraints on Supersymmetry Breaking
    Edward Witten (Princeton U.). Mar 1982. 64 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B202 (1982) 253
    PRINT-82-0163 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(82)90071-2

  94. 527 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  95. 527 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  96. 524 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  97. 523 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  98. 521 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  99. 517 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011
  100. 517 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2011