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 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 2012 editions

2012 reports for eprints

988 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 (K.A. Olive (Minnesota U.) et al.). 2014. 1676 pp.
Published in Chin.Phys. C38 (2014) 090001
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/38/9/090001

  1. 6365 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  2. 4078 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  3. 3578 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  4. 3395 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  5. 3359 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. 3171 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  8. 3145 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  9. 2842 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  10. 2654 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  11. 2532 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  12. 2226 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  13. 2135 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  14. 2119 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  15. 2064 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  16. 2048 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  17. 2010 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. 1965 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. 1913 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  20. 1895 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  21. 1810 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. 1806 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  23. 1727 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  24. 1722 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  25. 1647 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  26. 1628 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  27. 1533 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. 1503 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. 1489 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  31. 1443 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. 1398 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  34. 1362 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. 1344 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  37. 1340 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  38. 1330 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  39. 1315 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. 1309 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. 1283 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  44. 1253 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  45. 1232 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  46. 1226 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. 1219 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. 1216 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  51. 1215 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  52. 1211 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  53. 1210 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  54. 1189 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  55. 1184 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. 1157 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. 1137 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  61. 1124 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  62. 1112 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  63. 1110 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. 1010 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 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

  72. 1000 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. 998 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  74. 996 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. 991 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  76. 988 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  77. 978 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. 967 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  80. 965 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  81. 958 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  82. 955 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. 951 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  85. 943 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. 926 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  88. 926 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. 920 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  91. 914 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  92. 906 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  93. 904 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  94. 903 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  95. 899 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. 894 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012
  99. 894 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2012