Top Cited Articles of All Time (2012 edition) by hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2012 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 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.

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  1. 6937 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 4801 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  3. 4330 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  4. 2516 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  5. 2363 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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. 2323 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  7. 2267 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  8. 1986 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  9. 1858 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  10. 1662 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  11. 1513 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  12. 1498 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  13. 1478 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  14. 1438 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  15. 1405 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U.). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  16. 1274 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  17. 1270 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  18. 1266 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  19. 1266 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  20. 1265 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  21. 1188 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  22. 1095 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  23. 1077 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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: 10.1016/0003-4916(82)90164-6, 10.1006/aphy.2000.6013

  24. 1056 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  25. 1042 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  26. 1038 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  27. 1022 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  28. 998 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  29. 966 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  30. 942 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  31. 918 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    The World as a hologram
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Sep 1994. 38 pp.
    Published in J.Math.Phys. 36 (1995) 6377-6396
    SU-ITP-94-33
    DOI: 10.1063/1.531249
    e-Print: hep-th/9409089 | PDF

  32. 909 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  33. 896 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  34. 868 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  35. 866 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  36. 866 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    Dielectric branes
    Robert C. Myers (Santa Barbara, KITP & McGill U.). Oct 1999. 32 pp.
    Published in JHEP 9912 (1999) 022
    MCGILL-99-27, NSF-ITP-99-113
    DOI: 10.1088/1126-6708/1999/12/022
    e-Print: hep-th/9910053 | PDF

  37. 864 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  38. 851 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  39. 815 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  40. 807 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  41. 789 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  42. 784 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  43. 782 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  44. 782 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  45. 763 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    Dimensional reduction in quantum gravity
    Gerard 't Hooft (Utrecht U.). Oct 25, 1993. 15 pp.
    Published in Salamfest 1993:0284-296
    THU-93-26
    e-Print: gr-qc/9310026 | PDF

  46. 760 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  47. 754 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  48. 752 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  49. 742 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  50. 740 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    Quantum Geometry of Bosonic Strings
    Alexander M. Polyakov (Landau Inst.). Jun 1981. 4 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. 103B (1981) 207-210
    Print-81-0351 (LANDAU INST)
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(81)90743-7

  51. 739 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  52. 739 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  53. 732 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  54. 725 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  55. 722 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  56. 722 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  57. 714 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  58. 713 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  59. 711 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  60. 704 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  61. 685 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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.)

  62. 684 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  63. 676 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  64. 667 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    A Stress tensor for Anti-de Sitter gravity
    Vijay Balasubramanian (Harvard U. & UC, Santa Barbara), Per Kraus (Chicago U., EFI). Feb 1999. 19 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 208 (1999) 413-428
    HUTP-99-A002, EFI-99-6, NSF-ITP-98-132
    DOI: 10.1007/s002200050764
    e-Print: hep-th/9902121 | PDF

  65. 657 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  66. 649 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  67. 647 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  68. 641 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  69. 640 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  70. 627 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  71. 625 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  72. 624 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  73. 612 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  74. 610 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    Black Holes in Higher Dimensional Space-Times
    Robert C. Myers, M.J. Perry (Princeton U.). Jan 1986. 56 pp.
    Published in Annals Phys. 172 (1986) 304
    PRINT-86-0067 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1016/0003-4916(86)90186-7

  75. 609 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  76. 603 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  77. 597 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    Branes within branes
    Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway). Dec 1995. 10 pp.
    Published in In *Cargese 1997, Strings, branes and dualities* 267-275
    RU-95-92
    Prepared for Conference: C97-05-26.4, p.267-275 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9512077 | PDF

  78. 594 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  79. 591 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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(00)00373-4, 10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00289-9
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  80. 589 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  81. 589 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  82. 589 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  83. 580 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  84. 577 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  85. 577 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  86. 575 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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. 572 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  88. 570 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  89. 561 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    String solitons
    M.J. Duff (Newton Inst. Math. Sci., Cambridge & Texas A-M), Ramzi R. Khuri (McGill U. & CERN), J.X. Lu (Texas A-M). Dec 1994. 150 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 259 (1995) 213-326
    NI-94017, CTP-TAMU-67-92, MCGILL-94-53, CERN-TH-7542-94
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-1573(95)00002-X
    e-Print: hep-th/9412184 | PDF

  90. 560 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  91. 557 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  92. 555 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  93. 554 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    The Cosmological Constant Problem
    Steven Weinberg (Texas U.). May 1988. 82 pp.
    Published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 61 (1989) 1-23
    UTTG-12-88
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.61.1

  94. 551 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  95. 548 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  96. 546 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  97. 545 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
  98. 544 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  99. 542 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012
    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

  100. 540 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2012