Top Cited Articles of All Time (2012 edition) by astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2012 edition) cited by papers 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 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 2012 editions

2012 reports for eprints

992 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012PDG 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. 6373 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  2. 4077 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  3. 3583 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  4. 3403 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  5. 3363 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  6. 3185 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  7. 3172 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  8. 3148 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  9. 2845 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  10. 2656 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  11. 2533 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  12. 2227 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  13. 2139 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  14. 2120 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  15. 2063 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  16. 2049 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  17. 2012 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
    The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
    M.F. Skrutskie et al.. Feb 2006. 21 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 131 (2006) 1163-1183
    DOI: 10.1086/498708

  18. 1967 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
    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. 1915 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  20. 1897 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  21. 1813 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
    SExtractor: Software for source extraction
    E. Bertin, S. Arnouts. Jun 1996. 12 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys.Suppl.Ser. 117 (1996) 393-404
    DOI: 10.1051/aas:1996164

  22. 1808 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  23. 1728 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  24. 1724 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  25. 1648 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  26. 1629 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  27. 1536 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
    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. 1504 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  29. 1499 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  30. 1491 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  31. 1444 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  32. 1406 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  33. 1397 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  34. 1363 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  35. 1352 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  36. 1348 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  37. 1342 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  38. 1333 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  39. 1318 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  40. 1315 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  41. 1311 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  42. 1305 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  43. 1285 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  44. 1254 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  45. 1234 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  46. 1228 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  47. 1224 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  48. 1223 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  49. 1219 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  50. 1217 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  51. 1217 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  52. 1215 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  53. 1212 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  54. 1190 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  55. 1185 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  56. 1169 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  57. 1158 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  58. 1157 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  59. 1156 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  60. 1138 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  61. 1125 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  62. 1113 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  63. 1112 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  64. 1088 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  65. 1065 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  66. 1048 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  67. 1020 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  68. 1014 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  69. 1013 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  70. 1006 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  71. 1004 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels (NASA, Goddard) et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/427409, 10.1086/422091
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  72. 1001 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  73. 999 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  74. 997 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
    Structure in the COBE differential microwave radiometer first year maps
    COBE Collaboration (George F. Smoot et al.). Apr 1992. 19 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 396 (1992) L1-L5
    PRINT-92-0148 (UC,BERKELEY)
    DOI: 10.1086/186504

  75. 993 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  76. 990 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  77. 980 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  78. 974 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  79. 969 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  80. 966 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  81. 959 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  82. 956 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  83. 953 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  84. 952 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  85. 945 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  86. 932 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  87. 928 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  88. 927 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  89. 921 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  90. 921 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  91. 915 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  92. 908 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  93. 905 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  94. 904 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  95. 900 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  96. 898 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  97. 897 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  98. 895 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  99. 895 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
    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