Top Cited Articles of All Time (2011 edition) in astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2011 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 2011 editions

2011 reports for eprints

  1. 6680 citations up to the end of 2011
  2. 6322 citations up to the end of 2011
  3. 6107 citations up to the end of 2011
  4. 5947 citations up to the end of 2011
  5. 5060 citations up to the end of 2011
  6. 3254 citations up to the end of 2011
  7. 3244 citations up to the end of 2011
  8. 3224 citations up to the end of 2011
  9. 2890 citations up to the end of 2011
  10. 2459 citations up to the end of 2011
  11. 2418 citations up to the end of 2011
  12. 2269 citations up to the end of 2011
  13. 2109 citations up to the end of 2011
  14. 1923 citations up to the end of 2011
  15. 1894 citations up to the end of 2011
  16. 1854 citations up to the end of 2011
  17. 1843 citations up to the end of 2011
  18. 1710 citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  19. 1519 citations up to the end of 2011
  20. 1514 citations up to the end of 2011
  21. 1507 citations up to the end of 2011
  22. 1480 citations up to the end of 2011
  23. 1434 citations up to the end of 2011
  24. 1394 citations up to the end of 2011
  25. 1355 citations up to the end of 2011
  26. 1354 citations up to the end of 2011
  27. 1348 citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  28. 1298 citations up to the end of 2011
  29. 1276 citations up to the end of 2011
  30. 1269 citations up to the end of 2011
  31. 1189 citations up to the end of 2011
  32. 1189 citations up to the end of 2011
  33. 1184 citations up to the end of 2011
  34. 1160 citations up to the end of 2011
  35. 1132 citations up to the end of 2011
  36. 1127 citations up to the end of 2011
  37. 1127 citations up to the end of 2011
  38. 1126 citations up to the end of 2011
  39. 1123 citations up to the end of 2011
  40. 1111 citations up to the end of 2011
  41. 1111 citations up to the end of 2011
  42. 1090 citations up to the end of 2011
  43. 1078 citations up to the end of 2011
  44. 1068 citations up to the end of 2011
  45. 1054 citations up to the end of 2011
  46. 1043 citations up to the end of 2011
  47. 1016 citations up to the end of 2011
  48. 1013 citations up to the end of 2011
  49. 970 citations up to the end of 2011
  50. 960 citations up to the end of 2011
  51. 952 citations up to the end of 2011
  52. 950 citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  53. 950 citations up to the end of 2011
  54. 945 citations up to the end of 2011
  55. 942 citations up to the end of 2011
  56. 940 citations up to the end of 2011
  57. 931 citations up to the end of 2011
  58. 921 citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  59. 918 citations up to the end of 2011
  60. 917 citations up to the end of 2011
  61. 909 citations up to the end of 2011
  62. 906 citations up to the end of 2011
  63. 906 citations up to the end of 2011
  64. 892 citations up to the end of 2011
  65. 888 citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  66. 886 citations up to the end of 2011
  67. 885 citations up to the end of 2011
  68. 852 citations up to the end of 2011
  69. 843 citations up to the end of 2011
  70. 842 citations up to the end of 2011
  71. 840 citations up to the end of 2011
  72. 840 citations up to the end of 2011
  73. 835 citations up to the end of 2011
  74. 835 citations up to the end of 2011
  75. 825 citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  76. 825 citations up to the end of 2011
  77. 823 citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  78. 821 citations up to the end of 2011
  79. 800 citations up to the end of 2011
  80. 796 citations up to the end of 2011
  81. 793 citations up to the end of 2011
  82. 792 citations up to the end of 2011
  83. 782 citations up to the end of 2011
    The host galaxies of AGN
    SDSS Collaboration (Guinevere Kauffmann et al.). Apr 2003. 44 pp.
    Published in Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 346 (2003) 1055
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2003.07154.x
    e-Print: astro-ph/0304239 | PDF

  84. 780 citations up to the end of 2011
  85. 780 citations up to the end of 2011
  86. 773 citations up to the end of 2011
  87. 768 citations up to the end of 2011
  88. 757 citations up to the end of 2011
  89. 756 citations up to the end of 2011
  90. 753 citations up to the end of 2011
  91. 752 citations up to the end of 2011
  92. 747 citations up to the end of 2011
  93. 746 citations up to the end of 2011
  94. 745 citations up to the end of 2011
    The USNO-B catalog
    David G. Monet et al.. Oct 2002. 10 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 125 (2003) 984-993
    DOI: 10.1086/345888
    e-Print: astro-ph/0210694 | PDF

  95. 741 citations up to the end of 2011
  96. 739 citations up to the end of 2011
  97. 737 citations up to the end of 2011
  98. 737 citations up to the end of 2011
  99. 735 citations up to the end of 2011
  100. 730 citations up to the end of 2011